Drawing on Samsung Galaxy tab S 6 lite with Clip Studio paint and Ibis Paint apps.

It’s been two month since I bought Samsung Galaxy tab s 6 lite (pc tablet) and all these time I’ve been using it mostly for drawing purposes. Tablet comes with S-pen included. I really like how soft and smooth the touch of the stylus on the screen and it is very responsive and overall drawing experience is very nice and pleasant for me. On the other hand, I’ve never owned either PC tablet or any kind of drawing tablet with draw on the screen feature before (I`ve been using Wacom Bamboo for drawing since 2011). So I have nothing to compare with. Anyways, I am quite happy working with what I’ve got for the price it costs.

With that being said let’s move on to the drawing apps I’ve tried. One thing that I really like about drawing in both of these apps is timelapse feature, which auto-records your drawing process and squeezes it into small time frame ranging between 15 sec and 3 minutes if I am not mistaken (don’t quote me on that) on Ibis Paint. The longest video I managed to record on CSP was about 6 minutes. I have not quite figured out how to regulate the length of timelapse there,aside from picking between 15 seconds,30 seconds,1 minute and

IBIS PAINT APP FOR ANDROID

Firstly, I tried Ibis paint app, barbecue CSP didn’t have timelapse recording feature at that time (now it has it, since December 10, 2020). I really wanted to try video recording process.

Interface was quite intuitive and easy to understand. There is free and paid version of the app, I used free version and it works fine for me. However, I found the brushes there a little bit harder for me to operate because I got used to other apps where my brush of choice was very smooth and sensitive. I really liked using this Ibis Paint app!

It also has big variety of brushes to choose from and materials library, where you can find backgrounds, screentones, patterns and use it in your art.  It’s awesome bonus. Ibis pant also has online platform where you  can share your art through Twitter. (You log in using your twitter account). I didn’t use this option myself, but I watched other people’s arts and drawing process recordings. That’s awesome!

Here is an example of my doodling process in Ibis paint:

Erifeya from my comic “Fallen Clouds”

One more simple sketch, background from Ibis Paint material library:

Sketching characters from my “Time to Live” manga in Ibis Paint
Katie and White from “Time to Live”

CLIP STUDIO PAINT APP FOR ANDROID

Clip Studio Paint turned out to be the best comics drawing app for me among other several apps I’ve tried. It is a fantastic app and I am completely in love with it. It has gorgeous resources (assets) library where you can fine literally anything you need.however, in my personal opinion overuse of pre-made brushes (flowers, hair, sparkles, castles you name it)could make drawing look stiff and lifeless. On the other hand, if used wisely, those assets are priceless, especially when it comes to speeding up the process,which is crucial when you have comics publishing deadlines to meet.

There is one time purchase for PC version, and monthly or yearly subscription price model for clip studio paint app. The price is reasonable for what you get in return. I am more then happy to pay this price to continue using this app!

I’ve tried clip studio paint on PC before, however it was rather hard for me to get used to, but, on my tablet it works perfectly for me. The interface seems more intuitive and easy on app version.

Here is some video process of me doodling my original characters in CSP:

Sketching characters from my “Time to Live” manga in CSP

And the drawing itself:

Shane and Christine – my original characters from “Time to Live”

I guess, that’s it. I will update if I have anything to add in the future. ^_^

Heiseihi

New and old manga on Tapas and Webtoon

Hi!Hi!

This journal entry is dedicated to my manga ^_^
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I`ve been waiting for 10 years for this to happen.
I started this series in 2008-2009, then trashed all the pages I had by 2010.
Then I started again in 2013.  And paused for many reasons.
My story doesn’t wish to vanish. It wants to live. So, let it be!
It is Time. Time to Live. ^___^
As much as it “time to live” for my OCs inside the story, it is time to live for the story itself.
I`m uploading it on Tapas. The first episode was up this week, and I’m planning to upload once a week, We’ll see.
It’s paranormal/urban fantasy/romance with demons, witches and bunch of other supernatural creatures.
And I love this story, I can’t even express how much! I am so excited about this project of mine like I`ve never been before. :happybounce:

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Read on Tapas|or Webtoon
When I first started, I had no idea, what I was doing, but now, since I`ve finished my manga “Videira” earlier this year (Yay!) I have a little bit of experience ^.^

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Videira on Tapas

Also, I’m in the process of translating and uploading my “Valkyrie” manga to Tapas as well. It’s finished as well.

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Read on Tapas

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With all that being said, I would be very happy if you consider to check my stories out!
Thanks for your attention!
XOXO, Heiseihi <(^_^)>(”’)

☙“Russian Fairy Tale. Manga girls”❧ New coloring book!

I am so happy to announce that my fourth coloring book is finally live and available on Amazon. I called it “Russian Fairy Tale” as it features various representations of Russian traditional culture and mythology. I’ve spent this summer working on these drawings and I am glad how drawings turned out. I tried to include various levels of complexity and the number of details.

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If you enjoy coloring manga girls in historical and traditional outfits, this coloring book is for you.

“Russian Fairy Tale. Manga girls” coloring book contains:
✅27 original hand-drawn designs of pretty manga/anime styled girls
✅Traditional Russian outfits
✅Attributes of Russian culture
✅Mythological creatures
✅Flowers, patterns and ornaments
✅Cute manga girls
✅Girl’s power in its beauty
✅Russian musical instruments
✅Few animals
✅Delightful historical scenes for relaxation
✅ Rusalka
✅ Firebird
Coloring book suitable for children, teens, and adults featuring the art of shoujo manga and anime style, including pictures of different complexity level.
Calm down your stress and relax immersing yourself into the enjoyable craft of coloring various female characters.
Recommended art-tools are colored pencils. If you decide to use markers or something which may bleed through the paper, it would be better to put a sheet of paper beneath the page you color to prevent spoilage of the next drawing.
All pictures in this book are one-sided.
All drawings made by artist Heiseihi.
Have fun and happy coloring!

Here is a photo of some drawings included in this coloring book:

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New coloring book theme reveal.

Hi everyone!

Thank you for stopping by!

I want to share my new creative project with you all, which would be the 4th coloring book in my series of random pretty manga girls.

I had this idea for a couple of years on my mind, and only this year I became brave enough to pull it out and do something with that. Which is to make a series of drawings inspired by Russian traditional outfits, fairy-tales, and mythology. I really love everything pagan and Slavic but I want to avoid cliches or try and play around with them. I was afraid my skills were not good enough to make justice and to represent these things in a beautiful way. Anything we create always looks so much better inside our heads than it does on paper.

Anyway, I’d spent this summer gathering these artworks together and trying my best to make justice to the culture of my country. Here are some drawing examples:

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I hope you’ll like it.

Until next time,

Heiseihi XO

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.

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

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

first 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 buy them online and wait for a 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
After having a kernel of 0.1 isograph broken I had to buy it online again, and wait for two weeks until 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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A3, gel pen + isograpg

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 other 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 than A4 and a little bit smaller than A3. Love this format! I have bought (online 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 some others, along with B4 paper, Black Pilot and black Deleter 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 experienced 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 were still bigger than my scanner and I still had to combine separate frames into one-page after scanning.

 

I did draw 2nd and  1/2 of the 4th chapter ( as I had drawn 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 life-savers. Love them. I personally prefer Sakura Pigma Micron Multiliners (I have tried some other brands as well as copic multiliner 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 material as an excuse for 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 especially for manga or cheapest A4 paper for office technique and simple gel pen+ black marker from the newspaper kiosk.

 

Take care and have fun drawing!~

 

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 relying 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 were 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 which I use with the light pressure may disappear from the paper as time flows by or become almost invisible. So, I started to use a 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 excited 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 even 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.

4 steps of my drawing manga-page process – how I draw manga.

4 basic steps of creating manga-comic page, manga drawing process. speeddraw video

Hi everybody! ^_^

I am self-taught manga-artist and in this post:

  • I’m going to tell about my step by step process of creating manga page
  • I will show the process of inking a page from my manga in video-format as well.

I am Heiseihi and I love to draw comics in old-school shoujo-manga style!
If you want to know more about me, check my About page.

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pages from the 1st chapter of my manga “Videira” A3 format

In case if you don`t know what the hell manga is漫画 it is japanese word used for comics. In modern pop-culture we have the wrong feeling that manga is only something big-eyed and black-white, no, it actually can be colored, realistic and anything possible to imagine. Basically it is a story told in pictures (text is optional here). And “shoujo” – is type of manga for girls =D So, shall we start?

The current manga-project I`m working on is Videira, which can be read on Tapas (former Tapastic) for free ^_^ link it is funny shoujo-romance gender-bender adventure taking place in the jungle of 19th century Brazil =D It is my experimental comics, drawing which I have tried many different media and drawing tools.

As I am not a full-time artist (drawing is my passional hobby) I draw slow as Snail, but no matter how few free-time I have for doing this, I’ve never given up on my art-passion and creating my comics.

Warning! I`m not trying to teach anyone here how to draw correctly (I am still in the process of learning myself).
I just want to share the way I do it. Hopefully it will be useful or at least entertaining.

Every manga page I make have 4 essential steps:

  1. draft (storyboard)
  2. pencil sketch
  3. ink (lineart) – I prefer to do these three 3 first steps on paper (I love traditional art)
  4. scanning and digital editing including toning with screentones.

1) Draft (storyboard)

I usually do it for the whole chapter or for a complete scene at once in a notebook – not to mess up with the page order later:
I actually had and accidents when this happened before – so, a little advice if making comics takes you as long as me – you’d better make storyboards in a sketchbook and not separate pages (unless you manage to keep them in right order from the beginning XD ), for me it can take up to several years before I turn my storyboards into a finished chapter. And one more tip – now I have learnt that it works for me better when I draw storyboards with pen – not graphic pencil for the same reason. I always use 3H hard pencil giving thin pale lines to easily remove them later works for sketches, but not for storyboards. My storyboards usually look messy and crappy – but it`s ok – I make them to capture the general idea sparkling in my head I can fix anatomy and other stuff later when I’ll draw an actual page.

For example – 7th chapter of Videira: I have drawn it`s storyboard long ago even before chapter 3 and 4 and so many time has passed since: my light pale pencil lines have completely disappeared from the paper I could barely see them now and I could only guess what are they talking about. And this is why I use a pen for storyboards since then =D

2) Pencil sketch

Looking for my storyboard-draft I redraw frames clearly on separate paper sheets. Sometimes I happen to love some frames of my storyboard and realize that I could not repeat the same face expression if I try to redraw it – in this case my lovely light-table is always here for help – I trace my draft and Voila! I absolutely adore my light table which, I have bought in China for the extremely cheap price, while I was studying in Chinese university for a term ^_^ If you prefer traditional old-fashioned way of drawing over digital it is absolutely must-have thing! Recommend! You can ask anyone to make it for you – it doesen`t seem very hard to make.

3) Inking

is my favourite part after storyboarding. It feels like meditation to sit on my couch and ink pages listening for music or audiobook.
Here I won’t speak about inking tools – I have tried a lot of them! It may get a little too wordy (it already did XD) – I’d better dedicate a whole different post to them.
Here is a video of me inking page from the 6th chapter of videira – speaddraw couple of hours in 3 minutes. It usually takes me longer when the page have more frames and more complicated background, poses, more black ect. I have chosen this page for video because t is simple and I could finish inking in one sitting =D

4) Digital editing

So, I have finally finished drawing lineart and scanned my page! Yay! Time to open champaign – right? WRONG! D: Here comes the most painful and time-consuming page-making part for me at least – digital editing X_x Firstly I open my drawing in image-editing program – it can be anyone – personally I prefer to use Photoshop – adjust brightness/contrast and clean the scan from every single little dot and scratch which may left after scanning (I am not sure is there such word as “scanning” – it is the process of using scan-maker to transform your drawing from paper to digital format). Than I make tones and shadows using screentones. And the final stage is adding text to bubbles.

Many people don`t have such time time-waste as page-cleaning because they draw lines digitally and they just put screentones and finish quickly. I have tried this way – but I enjoy drawing on paper and it doesn’t mae my eyes hurt, besides I love result more when I draw traditionally.

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Pages from the second chapter of my “Time to Live” project ^_^ Printed out at home.

If you prefer the real paper or just don’t have graphic tablet yet:

Make sure your scanner’s size matches the size of paper-format you have chosen for drawing or bigger then paper.  Otherwise it i going to turn into a huuuge pain in the ass. lol. Trust me, I’ve been there. The First and the Seconf chapters of “Videira” made on A3 and B4 formats… while my scan-maker is A4… X_x and I had to combine every single page frame by frame after scanning.

Ta-dam! The page is finished! As a result I end up having something like this:

Hope that was useful and not deathly-boring.

Next time I`m going to talk about:

  • 5 things I wish I knew BEFORE I had started to draw my manga-comics.
  • Drawing tools I have ever tried and used for making manga.
  • Cheap copic-markers alternative: Review of Chinese markers I use for coloring.

and more ^_^/~

Thanks for the attention!