How To Ink In A Manga Character (Basics)
So you have your manga character sketched out, what’s next? This drawing tutorial shows you how to ink in your manga character using a variety of pens and inks to perfectly finish off your stylised anime character.
The artist Luis Miganishi decides to demonstrate using a time lapsed video spread over 9 mins and place still freeze frames of content at each step guiding you through his current process and upcoming steps for inking in his manga character.
The first part he demonstrates a few tips and techniques to make the drawing process much easier for you whilst you undergo your creation and big step from pencil drawing to finished pen character. On his test sheet he practices with two pens which he uses for his drawings, these being the G-pen and the Kabura pen. If you do decide to use either of these pens (which are a lot like a traditional fountain or calligraphy pen) then it is important to heat the tip of the pen for around a second and a half to allow smoother flow of the ink as it’s transferred to the paper. He draws a variation of different shapes, long and short strokes, shaded areas and writing to test the nib of the pens making sure it is ready to be used for the pencil manga character.
Once satisfied that the pens work as they should he moves onto the manga drawing and begins with the hair using his favored choice of pen which is a Maru-pen. He confidently commits himself to every line using this thin tipped pen and quickly establishes the shape of the hair and even takes on some minimal shading where shadowing naturally occurs under the hairline where it meets the head. He moves on to the inking in the rest of the body including the coat using a G-Pen. A mixture of long confident strokes and short strokes with the pen quickly bring the character together and it’s not long before it is time to allow the ink to dry and use an eraser to rub out the original pencil drawing which once existed on it’s own.
The next step is where he selects the areas which need heavy black filling and shading with the ink pen to create 3D effects particularly on the large black trench coat which his manga creation is sporting. He uses a brush pen to fill in large areas and explains how it is a handy tool for applying both thick and thin lines which are extremely common within manga drawing styles and artwork. The other pen which he uses to block fill large areas is a TT permanent marker and is a great pen for filling in large sections quickly and precisely.
The tutorial is very thorough and shows first hand how quickly a manga character can take shape throughout it’s transition from pencil to ink. No artist can say he/she is done without the finishing touches so what Miganishi does is a few further cross-hatched lines to represent less prominent shading around areas like the trousers and the base of the coat which gives the manga creation that completed look. I hope you enjoy this art tutorial and you have found it useful to further your knowledge within the world of anime and manga drawing techniques.