March 16, 2018

How To Draw A Comic Page by Miyuli

Illustrator and manga artist Miyuli, known for her comics such as Hearts for Sale and Lost Nightmare, takes us through her process of making comic pages in Clip Studio Paint Pro. This software comes bundled with our new Wacom Intuos pen tabet, which she also demonstrates in the video below.

For anyone who loves creating and writing comics, this is a great tutorial on how to get started and learn the basics. The work you will see is from the comic ´The Idols of Solanşehir‘ written by Vera Greentea. You can watch or read the tutorial below.

Take it away Miyuli!

 

 

1) First digital sketch and traditional pencil tracing

For this project I decided to sketch the pages in Clip Studio Paint and then do the linework tradionionally on paper. I‘m using a mono eraser and a 2B pencil from faber Castell. Since it‘s just pencil I‘ll be using the cheapest and thinnest paper I could find. It‘s just regular copy paper.


Miyuli placed her printed digital sketch on a light table to add trational pencil linework

Since it‘s so damn thin I put another sheet between the printed sketch and the final linework. And then it‘s just tracing the sketch with a light table as cleanly as possible.

I used a similar technique when drawing Hearts for Sale. I like how organic pencil linework looks, though it doesn‘t necessarily fit every project. My upcoming webcomic Demon Studies (demonstudies.com) will be all digital.

2) Adding line weight

Once I’m done tracing the lines, I add some more details and line weight to the final panel. I like to do a thicker outline for characters or foreground objects. It helps separating it from the background. With details that indicate texture I try to be as light as possible so it doesn’t pop out too much.

I like to finish lining a panel before going to the next one to keep things interesting but it’s basically the same thing for all the pages.


Adding weight to the lines

3) Fixing, layering and grids in Photoshop

Once that’s all done I scan the page, tweak the levels and clean in up a little. Also, I like to separate the lines from the white background which is pretty easily done in Photoshop. You can also do it fairly easily in Clip Studio Paint but it’s just a habit for me to use Photoshop at this point.

The great advantage of doing sketches digitally is that it’s much easier to set up perspective grids. Sometimes I also like to use 3d objects like the house on the first panel. Clip Studio has a really nice perspective help.

For the digital part I’ll be using the new Wacom Intuos. I’ve done a review on the pen tablet so check that out if you want to know more about it.


After scanning the finished lined page you can tweek, fix and layer the lines in Photoshop

4) Blocking in characters and filling with basic colors

First I like to block out the characters and separate them from the background. Makes things easier later on. Once that’s done I block in the basic colours. 


Blocking filling first basic colors

5) Perspective through painting styles and adding shadows

For Solanşehir I wanted to use a colourful and saturated painting style. It’s supposed to be a little messy but being the perfectionist that I am I tend to clean it up too much.

For the actual painting I like to use a Sai Watercolour brush that I mentioned in my last video. I like the way it can produce both soft and hard edges but I also use some adjustment layers with an airbrush pen.


Showing the difference between cool and warm

This scene is starting out from a coolish grey outside setting and gradually goes into a warmer interior. The first issue has me use a lot of red, yellow and bluish tones. Giving colours a purpose makes your work a lot better but to be honest I don’t really know what I’m doing 70% of the time.

It’s basically just fooling around and guessing a lot until it looks good. But I also like to do studies and I hope I can improve my colouring and perspective work. Let me know if you would be interested in a more in-depth commentary on my work.

6) Rinse and repeat

And yeah, that’s basically it. Rinse and repeat for all the other pages.


A finished page from the comic

 

Thank you for reading

Please check out this comic’s kickstarter. It’s already funded but it would be amazing to bring the first issue to more people. I should be done with it before the campaign ends so the delivery should be pretty quickly.

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