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Drawing tools I have ever tried and used for making manga

Let`s take my manga Videira as an example – I am experimenting with the tools I use for drawing it until now.

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I have used variety of papers and pens. Let`s move straight to it:

1) A3 paper, gel pen, black markers, roting isographs

frist chapter was drawn on A3 paper – it was the largest size I`ve ever used for drawing manga.
I have drawn my manga with pencil and inked using simple black gel pen + Roting isograph 0.1 for thinnest lines + Roting isograph 1.0 and random black markers from the nearest shops.
I couldn`t find neither isograps or ink for them in my town, so I had to by them online and wait for couple of weeks until they arrive.
I liked using isograps but it was a little bit of inconvenient to fill them with ink and I usually ended up covered with ink from top to toe as well as my bathroom where I was doing  it XD
Afer having a kernel of 0.1 isograph broken I had to buy it online again, and wait for two weeks untill it arrives… agrh! No matter how much I enjoyed using it, this was way too inconvenient considering the fact I had to constantly fill it with ink and I didn`t have any of the accessories in my town.
After receiving and replacing the kernel of 0.1 isograph, I had broken 1.0`s (thick line-making) isograph corps. And I was done here.

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By the way, about the paper size – It was great to have an ability to depict the smallest details, besides, after scanning the page looked very neat and pretty, but here I had another issue – the scanning XD I had A4 scanner which is 1/2 size of A3 pages I was drawing at. I had to scan every frame separately and after that, combine them in Photoshop. Oh my! It was a disaster! But the result was very good. I actually can proud of the quality of pages of the first Videira chapter. But it still was not very practical and took a very long time, so I was looking for another materials

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2) B4 paper, Ink, dip pen holder, g-pen, maru-pen

During the second chapter I have switched to B4 – this is standard japanese format for manga pages, a little bit bigger then A4 and a little bit smaller than A3. Love this format! I have bought (on-line as well as I can not even dream of such paper to appear in my  town…) wood dip pen holder G-pen, Maru-pen and a some others, along with B4 paper, Black Pilot and black Deliter ink and a couple of chinese cheap ink bottles – black and white.

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I had so much fun using these materials, imagining me like the true manga artist XD  As I had never experiences ink and g-pen i was so new and exciting but it took soooo long to make a single page. The line was much better it was alive and curvy. However I still had scan-making issues as B4 pages was still bigger then my scanner and I still had to combine separate frames into one page aster scanning.

 

I did draw 2nd and  1/2 of the 4th chapter ( as I had dawn 4th chapter before the 3rd) using ink and B4 paper.

3) A4 paper, sakura pigma micron multiliners

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B4, ink, G-pen

But I have continued experimenting and the 3rd chapter was done in A4 format (paper size keeps going down and down lol). Meanwhile I have discovered a new material – multiliners! And they were great they are such a live savers. Love them. I personally prefer Sakura Pigma Micron Multiliners (I have tried some other brands as well as copic multilier which btw did very good as well but Sakura pigma micron have stolen my heart) I am still using them and a random simple black marker to cover large black spaces.

Nowadays I am still experimenting with Videira looking the best possible materials which would provide both joy from the process and the result with good

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balanced speed and quality. I`m trying to draw some pages digitally in the 7th chapter, it is easier in some way – because I don`t have to clean the scan from dots and scratches but I am not quite satisfied with the line itself – digital lining is hard for me but I am working on it.

Hope it was useful information, every material has its own advantages and disadvantages: just try them all, and decide what is better for you, but never use the lack of some matereal as an excuse to not drawing – I have tried a lot, and one conclusion I could make:

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it is your story and your art – what really matters, no matter if you use super expensive japanese ink , B-4 paper designed special for manga or cheapest A4 paper for office technique and simple gel pen+ black maker from the newspaper kiosk.

 

Take care and have fun drawing!~

 

The story of “Videira”

The story of “Videira” started back in 2008 when I firstly came up with the idea of  the plot and characters. Inspiration for this story was the book which I was in love with since childhood – “La Jangada” by Jules Verne. “La Jangada” is about group of people`s adventures in the selva (jungle) of Amazon river in Brazil as they are swimming down the river on a big raft (Jangada). One of my characters – Benito uses the name of one of the main characters of “La Jangada” – Benito – who was my favourite character there (but Benito in my manga is not my favourite char as you could have guessed).
So, inspired by the story about jungle in the 19th century Brazil – I got the idea of my own story I wanted to add a little bit of fan into it with gender-bender trick: this is how my story came up to life.

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Maria and Benito from the first chapter

I wish I could visit jungle one day and see all the tropical beauty with my own eyes but as far as I haven`t any chance to experience it for now, I spent a lot of time watching documentary movies about selva nature, flora and fauna and looking for the pictures depicting jungle. I find the idea of travelling down the river on a huge raft fascinating, Maria (my main Character) and Benito (her childhood friend and fiance) had this dream since they were kids but here Hulio (Julio lol XD) shows up and screws everything up for everybody including himself. His name? as I used to joke? was my main motivation to draw this story because in my native language his name sounds inappropriate almost like “the bad word” giving high rating to movies if it is used there =D and I had a lot of fan receiving feedback about his name and how it matches his personality =D

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The title.
Firstly I wanted to entitle my manga “Maria” or “Just Maria” which are both were not suitable.
And then I stopped with the title”Grapes vine” which was personating with me and my story as my main characters families have joint business of growing grape and making vine in the south of Brazil.Wanting to add a little bit more of colorit into the title I used the translator to translate it into portuguese this is how I got my final version of the title “Videira”, which is basically grapes vine in portuguese and I completely have fallen in love with this word. I made it not only my working title but a surname of a main heroine as well. My working title has stuck to my story and now I can not imagine my story without this title.

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Main  characters trio.

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In 2008 I got a raw idea of the plot and first sketches of main characters. I have drawn 4 pages with graphic pencil (by the way, one frame from those pages was included into new version – the happy Maria`s face, when she greets Benito in the first chapter – which I still like :3 )
Then I put it into a drawer for a while and I was drawing other stuff.
In 2011 I was lightened up with the idea of drawing single tankobon (standalone book) and I thought Videira would be the best choice to serve this purpose. I thought I could finish it in a year or two… lol. I was young and naive. =D
I have finished chapter 1 in 2011 and drawn chapter 2 but the second chapter was completed with final editing in 2012.
After that I took a break… sort of. Very slowly chapter by chapter I moving forward but I have no intention to give up.

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Markus is fishing

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I am still working on it. Currently I am at the seventh chapter, my story faced with the huge plot changes and charachter`s personality change, as I was brainstorming my ideas a lot. It has finally turned out to be something which I like better than original version. May be, because when I made this story up in my mind I was a kid and didn`t understand some special aspects of the story itself.

You can read it here –>  “Videira” by Heiseihi on Tapas and support me with likes, shares in social media and comment if you like it. ^_^/~

Thanks for the attention.

 

Inspiring and useful Youtube channels and podcasts for authors and artists.

Once upon the March of 2017 I was sitting home with the heavy cold caught. I was very sick and couldn’t  do anything useful, so I was entertaining myself with YouTube watching. Before this I had been watching only speed paints or drawing tutorials or music videos, bus this time I have accidentally stumbled upon authortube channels and they blew up my mind in a good way. This is how I have discovered the world of self-publishing and indie authors. I mean I knew this things exist, but I’ve never got into the depth of it.

  • The first channel which has impressed me a lot was The creative Penn by Joanna Penn – she is gorgeous really admire this women she has series of podcasts/videos which are aimed at helping people with their indie author career and dealing with self-doubt and so on. Her channel has lots lots of useful advises and tips on self-publishing and living creative life and writing. I`ve found there an interview with coloring book author which motivated me to try.
  • The second channel which helped me to start moving forward is Bruce Jones’s channel. Where I’ve found something very interesting about coloring books self-publishing with the Createspace.

 

Thanks to these two YouTube channels I have decided to give it a try to make my own coloring book. Also, I need to mention that I am not an English-speaking person – it is difficult for me to understand accents or when the sound is not clear enough, but I have no difficulties understanding these persons’ speeches, which is great. This is how I living in the small Siberian town got the possibility to self-publish two coloring books with the Amazon Create Space. Could I imagine that this thing is actually really possible before? No, I couldn’t. In fact, I have a very time-consuming daily job and it is not over after I leave the office, I have to take my working laptop with me and continue working from home… In normal condition I would hardly allow myself to spend so many time on youtube, but when I was ill and sitting at home for the whole month I think I have used this time wisely for self-education sort of. ^_^

After all this happened, I have discovered many more interesting and inspiring youtube channels which I’d recommend to watch people who wants to get inspired or motivated or have fun because the ladies I`m going to talk about are have very bright personalities. here they are:

  • Jenna Moreci – my absolutely favourite authortube channel – she is great and I love her =D Lots of tips for aspiring authors and she is so freaking funny. I am not writing books – I’m actually drawing comics and illustrations but it makes no difference when it comes to storytelling, character development, world building, outlining and so on. General rules are the same for all kinds of stories.
  • ShaelinWrites   very informative channel hosted by the lovely girl studying creative writing course in the University.
  • Positive and pretty channel by the author and English teacher Kim Chance which I find again very useful as she sometimes explain english language rules and gives story-telling advises.
  • My mangaka life is very funny inspiring and helpful channel by manga-artist watching which I enjoy a lot.
  • Happy D. Artist channel is hosted by the talented artist given up on her office job and living artist dream life drawing her paintings. I am not a fan of oil-paintings but she has a lot of important information to share with artists and both drawing and being self-employed tips.
  • And the last link I want to share here is This video by Texan in Tokyo. That whole channel is not dedicated to being an author or creator, and unfortunately it is not active anymore…but this video helped me a lot to understand the createspace publishing process.
  • Brilliant storehouse of information podcast titled “thebestsellerexperiment” by two Marks with a great sence of humor  which I am currently listening.

Here is all I`ve got for today. I am very thankful to all the above mentioned people for sharing their knowledges with the World. Some of them inspire and motivate to take actions in your creative journey, some of them give tips, tricks and advises to make this journey easy and all of them bring a lot of positivity. And, probably no one of them have an idea that some russian girl on the opposite side of the globe making her books taking their advice into consideration =D

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5 things I wish I knew before I started to draw manga or my 5 critical mistakes.

1. Resolution
2. Write down the dialogs in balloons or elsewhere
3. Storyboarding issue
4. outline
5. don`t start several projects at the same time

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Three manga-pages from 3 different stories which I was drawing at the same time ^.^’

1) Page size and resolution

When I was going to draw my first one-shot manga I have seen somewhere page size of 500×800 px required to upload … so, I have made pages exactly of that size! Originally. oh my!  They are so small. It goes without saying that I couldn`t print them. Of course, they are even too small to see them clearly on some  devices.
and I am not sure about resolution it was either 96 or 200 px. my other comics were a little bit bigger in size but also with low resolution.

2) Write down dialogues in the balloons of storyboard or somewhere else

I should have written them down for the god`s sake. Firstly, when I started to make comics, I didn`t write down the text, which was supposed to be told by characters – I just had the balloons left empty for some unknown reason relaying on my memory. Why did I do that? No idea. Later on, when it came up to filling the balloons I was sitting and guessing what was they supposed to say, staring at empty text bubbles. I mean of course I couldn`t forget general meaning but the key point is the first phrases coming up to my mind are usually more natural and funnier (as I am trying to add a little bit of humor into my manga) after that I started to write down the dialogues as soon as possible after they appear in my head – sometimes I do it in storyboards, sometimes in notebooks not to forget.

3. Storyboarding issues

When I just have started I wish I knew what storyboard is. It would make everything much easier but I didn`t make them. Then I started to draw them with graphic pencil, but slowly, I have realized that pencil wich I use with the light pressure may disappear from the paper as time flows by or become almost invisible. So, I started to use pen for drawing storyboards before actual pages. It helps a lot – to decide how the figures and text would be better placed on the page before the actual drawing not to remake it when it’s too late.

4. Outlining

I have never made outline or write down or even think over the whole plot before starting to draw. – I still don`t do. I usually happen to have the bright spark of the idea when I know how exactly should my story begin and end. What the hell is going on in the middle? who cares! I want to draw because I am so exited about the characters and the idea itself. and I did draw the beginning and the end and only after that I figured out what should be in the middle that could lead from beginning to a particular end. It is so wrong =D but I couldn`t help it. No, I think that making the proper outline having climax and chain of Interconnected events logically leading to it is better than “I love the start and the end so much but what to draw in the middle? Whatever! I must have something in there after all”. I have to work on this issue.

5. Several projects at the same time

And the last, the most obvious, not to start several projects at the same time, not for me back then =D I got so easily distracted by my ideas. And I want to draw them all at the same time. But it makes my slow drawing process eve more slower. Now I have to limit myself. On the sake of finishing at least one it is better to have one finished story them bunch of them started and no result at all.

“Dark Beauty: Manga girls” My second coloring book for children and adults.

Hello!

More than half of the year has passed since I`ve written something here. And all this time I was working on my second coloring book which is already finished and released on November 8th 2017. This coloring book was inspired by the dark vibes and aesthetic. Needless to say I was alway driven to and enchanted by dark and somber things but my drawings still keep this girly smiley “kawaii” mood on them. Darkness can be not only gloomy and sad but cheerful and funny as well.

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Available on Amazon

One of the greatest examples of funny aspect of the darkness is loved by everybody Halloween, which inspired some drawings in this book as well (I`ve drawn a lot of witches, pumpkins and cats). I was intended to finish my book by Halloween but I failed this personal deadline which I set for myself and delayed the release for 1 month.

Darkness has recently been popularised in modern pop-culture, even kid’s toys nowadays depict zombies and vampires. I was very surprised to see my niece’ doll which looks like monster… and she loves it. So I guess there is nothing wrong with adding something dark into coloring book.

Moreover darkness for me is not associating with the evil, bad or cruelty, for me it is something associating with elegance, grace and delicacy from gothic-victorian style, deep velvet calmness of abandoned cemeteries, slumber of the Moon hiding in clouds and eternal beauty of night.

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I was working hard and I have improved my draing skills a bit while I was working on this coloring book and now I am finally able to take it in my hands. I am really happy about the pring quallit and cover but I wish the paper itself be more thick to use markers or watercolor on it now it suits btter for colored pencis only.

“Dark Beauty” coloring book contains gothic, victorain historical and fantasy gowns, halloween/spooky creatures, art-nuvo frames and just cute japanese manga girls. This coloring book is a collection of 26 original hand-drawn designes  inspired by the dark aesthetic. Coloring book for both children and adults featuring art of shoujo manga and anime style, laces, flowers and pictures of different complexity level. All pictures in this booke are one-sided. It features: witches, werewolf, lolita-fashion girls, mermaid, dark fairy, fantasy creatres, vampires, cats, pumpkins, gargoyles, ravens and so on.

I have plans and ideas for two more coloring books in this series and some other.

But for now I want to concentrate on my manga first ^_^/~

Thanks for the attention!

Check up my books on Amazon

My self-drawn Coloring book with shoujo-manga girls!

My self-drawn and self-published coloring book for children and adults Beauty is magic: Shoujo-manga girls

Hello. ^_^/~

Yay! My Coloring book titled Beauty is magic: Shoujo manga girls.: for children and adults is available on Createspace and Amazon So happy! I did it!

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All my social media have been suffering from the lack of updates lately. I got a heavy flu with complications and my productivity and social activity were somewhere around zero. But I did draw actually (on paper only) sitting by the computer was kinda hard…

But those “couch drawing” gave me a great opportunity to manage one drawing project which I was thinking about for a long time but never actually thought it could be real, until I discovered something interesting from YouTube =D and now I feel like I could do literally everything. I just need more time.

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This drawing project is not a manga, but something different and still demands a lot of drawing and post drawing work. And it is a book. A small experimental coloring book featuring my original designs of 26 shoujo-manga girls in different styles and outfits ^_^ and that was a lot of fun to do!

You know, I always had a sense that my line arts look like pages from colouring books for girls before I color them or tone with screentones.

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I was going to self publish it with Createspace and Amazon.com. The funniest thing is for me living on the opposite side of the Globe – that it is even cheaper to buy few copies from Amozon then to order the same few copies in my country and the delivery cost is almost the same O_O WTF?! Lol.

I am already waiting printed proof copies for my one-shot manga o(^.^)o Yay! Want to draw more coloring books a have so much of ideas! Nothing is gonna stop me from fulfilling my wishes.

 I mostly draw my original characters from my comics but I didn’t want to include them into colouring books, because they are mine and it would feel like a betrayal for them. So, these girls from colouring book were just spontaneously drawn sketches or few of them I was thinking to draw a manga with, but I gave up those ideas later. And when I put all the drawings together I have finally decided to do what I wanted. Because “why not?” I can.

If people would like it I would be happy, if not… Well… I still can think of it like an artbook of my line-arts ^_^ and after all, I’ve got a lot of nieces and friends to give presents to. I’ve got nothing to lose, so why not to try then? ^_^

Could you imagine my surprise, when this book actually has started to sell. I was really shocked (and glad)! Thank everyone for purchasing a copy of my coloring book for children and adults!

Currently I`m working on the second coloring book of this series.

Thanks for the attention!

Sincerely, Heiseihi.