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Making Manga Tutorial by OptimisticVoodoo Making Manga Tutorial by OptimisticVoodoo
This tutorial I did has been languishing at the RUSH blog for two years now, so I thought I'd bring it here, since the methods are sound - this isn't how all graphic novelists write and create their books - but this is how I operate when working in a team.

The book being used here is a gay graphic novel called 'Roulette', to be published in Dramaqueen's RUSH Anthology.

The artist is *LauraZel


1. The Outline. This is the part of the manga that gives your editor an idea of whatís going to take place in every scene [edited 5/2010]. Once they approve it, you can write the script.

2. The Script. The script is then written, and [depending on the writer] artistsí direction sketches are made. These are done by the writer for the artist only as a guide. The editor goes over the script and makes suggestions and or grammar changesÖ [see final letters image on this post to spot them ^_-] Once the script is approved, the artist gets it.

3. Pencils are then laid down by Laura, based on the script. If Laura needs to make changes because the direction sketches are unbalanced or the frames arenít working, she does so. In teams, it's a collaborative effort, not like relationships typically found on WFH [work for hire]jobs. Laura uses 240gr smooth paper. Pencils are sent to the editor for approval.

4. Inks. Laura applies India ink, a using a brush and a nib, over the pencils. And while she admits that digital inking is cleaner [she is very impressed with MangaSt Exís line correction feature] she finds she can only achieve her unique style of heavy lines, by hand.

5. Screentones for the sake of Roulette, are applied in Photoshop. Laura can use other programs, and even actual tone paper; but Roulette is all about 80ís shine, decadence and old-school-style gaudy! Toning in Photoshop delivered the perfect look and feel, for what we are striving for.

6. Letters. Once the tones are set, the images go to our editor Akito, so she can score the trim and bind lines properly. Once these are in place, then I open the files in MS EX and letter. Iíve managed to learn new ways of making balloons recently, and so Iíll no longer be tied down to the default balloons in the program [as you can see, I used the default ones here and I really hate them!] The German edition will have my OWN Balloons...muwhahahaha!
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koolkat42o Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i meant manga studio 4
koolkat42o Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i have manga studio 6 does it still have the line correction feature and if so how do you use it??
OptimisticVoodoo Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Sorry, I don't use Manga Studio personally--the artist did.
neurothoughtmachine Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
where is the RUSH blog located?

do you have a url for the tutorial?
OptimisticVoodoo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Writer
Rush mag has been defunct since 2008. :( [link]
EstelleLIna1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL, I like the way it started from round thing to hot guy XD
OptimisticVoodoo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Writer
Hey, my bubble-heads are hot! ^_-
EstelleLIna1 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Serious-Muffin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student General Artist
would the "installment" be like a chapter??

I'm new at making comics but I would really love to try
OptimisticVoodoo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Writer
Installment is a word I use for scenes - but if you're creating a book and posting it 'by chapter', then the words episode, chapter, or installment will do. :) It's just semantics.
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