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manga course from zero to professional

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take your pencils and put your own manga-style stories on paper?

How many times have you imagined creating amazing characters, full of life and charisma, each stroke a tribute to your favorite anime heroes? Now is your chance!

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masters manga

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Manga through 12 intensive lessons and master it once and for all.

Step by step instruction – Hernan Castellanos guides you through every stroke, every detail, every element of Manga drawing.

Learn at your own pace – No previous experience is necessary, each volume and workbook is designed to allow you to progress at your own pace, on your own time and in the comfort of your own home.

Discover all the secrets of Manga – Learn the techniques and tricks that professional artists use to bring their characters and stories to life.

from zero to pro

From drawing and character creation to creating engaging plots and inking technique, each lesson will take you closer to becoming a master of Manga.

You will learn how to draw in different Manga styles, you will understand the importance of time and space management in your panels and you will learn the techniques to digitalize your work.

Join over 250,000 illustrators and artists from around the world

100% satisfaction guaranteed.

hernan castellano

This course is designed and presented by TFC and Hernan Castellano, an acclaimed artist in his field.

With over 20 years of experience, Hernan has perfected his ability to teach and communicate complex techniques in a clear and simple manner.

This course is not only an opportunity to learn how to draw, but an invitation to immerse yourself in the world of art with him, who will guide you step by step with his experience and love for drawing.

Come on, start your artistic journey with us!

ALL THE SECRETS

Throughout this exciting journey, Hernan will share with you his personal secrets and techniques, giving you a deep understanding of the art of Manga and a solid foundation for developing your own style and artistic voice.

Are you ready to unleash the power of your artistic skills and bring your own creations to life in the fascinating universe of Manga?

It’s time to create your own story on every page!

12 COMPLETE VOLUMES

With each lesson, you will acquire valuable skills that will allow you to express yourself in a new and exciting way through your own Manga creations.

12 TRAINING WORKBOOKS

Accompanying each lesson, you will find a training workbook that amplifies your understanding of the art of Manga.

From the first lesson to the last, these workbooks will guide you through each technique and concept, providing an invaluable resource for practicing and perfecting your Manga skills.

Becoming a Manga artist has never been so accessible and enriching.

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12 complete volumes + 12 intensive training workbooks

Master Manga once and for all!

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BROWSE LESSON PLAN

THIS IS THE DETAILED STUDY PLAN YOU WILL RECEIVE

Pack  1 (Nivel Básico)

Content:

This lesson marks the beginning of your manga adventure, introducing you to the style, history and cultural relevance of manga, before taking you through the fundamental principles of character drawing.

You’ll learn crucial drawing techniques such as character construction, proportion based on head size, and depicting figures from multiple perspectives. In addition, you’ll discover how manga breaks conventional rules of proportion, and explore drawing styles ranging from realism to manga.

To top it off, you’ll unlock the secrets of capturing movement and balance in drawing, and learn the importance of constant practice to improve your skills.

In this pack you will learn:

  1. Introduction to the Manga course: Understanding the basics and the importance of Japanese style.
  2. What is Manga: An exploration of the history and cultural relevance of manga in Japan and the West.
  3. Building characters: Adopting a simplified structure to easily understand and draw the human body.
  4. Using the head: Learning to use head size as a standard measurement system to construct the human figure.
  5. Breaking down the body: Studying how each “head” corresponds to a part of the human body.
  6. The axis of symmetry: The key to drawing both sides of the body in a balanced way and avoiding crooked drawings.
  7. Applying the structure to male and female figures: Recognizing the differences and practicing the structure to avoid mistakes.
  8. Changing perspective: How to modify the front view to a profile view and adapt the axis of symmetry.
  9. Exploring the 3/4 view: Learning to think in 3D and interpret figures from different angles.
  10. Understanding the structure of the back: Key points for drawing the back view and the 3/4 back view.
  11. Practicing with the stick figure and the volumetric figure: Two ways to draw structures to improve understanding and speed up drawing.
  12. Adapting the structure to the female body: Studying the differences in the back, waist and hips between male and female figures.
  13. Differences between manga and western style: Analyzing the unique characteristics of manga, from synthesis to large eyes and stylized figures.
  14. Challenging the 8-head formula: Understanding how manga style adopts unique proportions and stylizations in character drawing.
  15. Conclusion: The importance of learning the basics to then be able to design your own style.
  16. Introduction to proportions in character design: how to exaggerate body shapes without losing harmony.
  17. Understanding the variation of proportions with age: how to differentiate measurements in adult and child characters.
  18. Exploring different drawing styles: from realism to manga.
  19. The importance of synthesis and detail in drawing: how to balance the amount of detail to capture the essence of the character.
  20. Analysis of manga styles: study of simplification and exaggeration of features.
  21. Unraveling the secrets of movement in drawing: how to correctly represent the limitations and possibilities of the joints.
  22. Understanding balance in characters: how to balance the weight of the body to avoid unnatural representations.
  23. The impact of speed in movement: how to exaggerate or minimize movements according to the speed of the action.
  24. Introduction to the line of action: how to use this tool to create dynamic and natural poses.
  25. Respecting the limits of the body: how to avoid unnatural and exaggerated poses in our characters.
  26. The rule of the slope of the shoulders and hips: how to apply this rule to create more aesthetic poses.
  27. The importance of the stroke: how to avoid excessive pressure and improve the pulse to achieve fluid and clean strokes.
  28. Cleanliness in drawing: the importance of keeping our tools and work space neat and tidy.
  29. The danger of the hairy line: how to avoid this common mistake that can ruin the harmony of our drawing.
  30. The importance of constant practice: how to incorporate knowledge and improve our skills through constant training.

WORKBOOK:

(This pack includes a complete workbook of downloadable exercises to practice and learn these topics).

Pack  2 (Nivel Básico)

Content:

Your journey through the world of manga continues with Lesson 2, which dives deep into the art of drawing manga faces.

You’ll begin by learning about the diversity of head and face shapes before moving on to the construction of a face from different points of view. You’ll learn the importance of neck placement, the proportion of the eyes and nose, and the subtle details that make a face come alive.

In addition, you’ll also experiment with renderings in different positions and learn how to apply perspective to your illustrations. With guest artist interviews and weekly drawing challenges, this lesson will keep you engaged and constantly learning.

In this pack you will learn:

  1. Introduction to Hernan Castellano’s professional Manga course: How to become a professional with constant practice and no magic tricks.
  2. Importance of diversity in the shapes of heads and faces of the characters.
  3. Building a face from the front: three ways starting from a circle, a half circle and a trapezoid.
  4. Discovering the importance of guide lines: how to determine the rotation of the head, the direction of the gaze and the symmetry of the face.
  5. Knowing the details of the face: how to draw eyes, mouth, nose and eyebrows in their correct place.
  6. Exploring the diversity of faces: how changing the inclination of the sides of the face can generate different types of faces.
  7. Creating the face in profile view: two options starting from a circle and a rectangle.
  8. Building a 3/4 face view: two options starting from a circle and a rectangle.
  9. Importance of the location of the neck and how the junction with the nape of the neck is smooth and curved.
  10. Handling proportions: how the distance between the eyes and the nose varies depending on the side of the face.
  11. Learning how to draw the eye on the side of the face that is less visible: how to “flatten” the eye seen from the front a little.
  12. Knowing important facts about the nose: how it should not be behind the symmetry axis.
  13. Developing a face step by step: the importance of sight lines, nose and hair in the construction of the face.
  14. Understanding anatomy at different angles: how to draw faces at 3/4 and back angles.
  15. Proportions in illustration: how to correctly represent distances and locations on the face.
  16. The mysteries of facial details: the importance of the eyes, mouth, nose, ears and hair in our illustrations.
  17. From the sketch to the final work: the transition from the general to the particular in our representations.
  18. Exploring the angles of the face: how to master the representation of theanglesoftheface.
  19. The importance of perspective in drawing: how guide lines become curved to give volumetry.
  20. The evolution of drawing: how constant practice leads us to improve our representation skills.
  21. Drawing faces in different positions: how to represent the head looking up and down.
  22. Representing depth and volume: how to understand and apply perspective in our illustrations.
  23. Analyzing the details of the face: how to draw the eyes, ears, mouth and nose in different styles.
  24. Comparing realistic and manga styles: how to adapt our drawing style according to our preferences and needs.
  25. The road to professionalism: the importance of practice and experimentation in our evolution as artists.
  26. Getting inspired by guest artists: how to learn and improve our skills by observing the works of other artists.
  27. Weekly challenges: how to stay motivated and constantly learning through drawing challenges.

WORKBOOK:

(This pack includes a complete workbook of downloadable exercises to practice and learn these topics).

Pack  3 (Nivel Básico)

Content:

Lesson 3 introduces the world of muscle anatomy, a crucial part of taking your manga drawings to the next level. You’ll learn how to draw muscles that give shape and movement to the human body, from the torso to the limbs, and you’ll understand how musculature varies between male and female figures.

You will also discover the crucial role of bones in depicting muscles and learn how to simplify the complexity of muscles for a more fluid drawing. In addition, you will learn how to overcome challenges and frustrations when drawing complex areas of the body.

You will realize how anatomy defines the shape of the body, learn to draw human silhouettes and understand body shapes.

In this pack you will learn:

  1. Introduction to muscular anatomy: Understanding the muscles that give shape and movement to the human body.
  2. The skeleton and musculature: How understanding the human musculature improves the proportions and dynamism of our characters.
  3. The differences between male and female musculature: Understanding how muscle thickness influences the drawing of male and female characters.
  4. The muscles of the torso: Learning to draw muscles such as the trapezius, deltoids, pectorals, rectus abdominis, obliques and serratus.
  5. Drawing the muscles of the torso from different angles: How to represent the musculature from the front, back and profile view.
  6. The role of bones in drawing the musculature: The importance of bones such as the clavicle in the representation of the muscles.
  7. The musculature of the abdomen: How to draw the famous abdominals and understand the shape of the rectus abdominis.
  8. The musculature of the back: Learning how to draw the latissimus dorsi, teres major, infraspinatus obliquus and serratus muscles.
  9. The importance of musculature in thin characters: Why understanding musculature is critical regardless of the thickness of your characters.
  10. The musculature of the arms: How to accurately draw the biceps, triceps and brachialis.
  11. The forearm musculature: Understanding the complexity of the forearm muscles and how to simplify them for a more fluid drawing.
  12. The role of muscle relaxation and contraction in drawing: How the action of muscles affects their representation in the drawing.
  13. Exploring the musculature of the body: an introduction to anatomy in art.
  14. A concentrated focus on the legs: understanding and drawing the musculature in a simplified way.
  15. Deciphering the anatomy of important muscles: from the quadriceps to the calves.
  16. The importance of practice and study in art: how to deepen your knowledge of anatomy.
  17. Overcoming challenges: tips for handling frustration when drawing complex areas of the body.
  18. How to simplify musculature: techniques for representing muscles effectively and accurately.
  19. From structure to musculature: understanding how anatomy defines body shape.
  20. Putting your knowledge into practice: exercises for drawing human silhouettes and understanding body shapes.
  21. The difference between genders: how anatomy varies between male and female figures.
  22. Applying anatomy to manga: how to draw characters with different physiques and proportions.
  23. The power of observation: developing your artistic judgment to decide which strokes to draw and which not to draw.
  24. Exaggerating musculature: when it is appropriate and how to achieve it effectively.
  25. Understanding muscle contraction and relaxation: how to draw muscles in movement and effort.
  26. Managing delicacy in the female figure: tips for maintaining stylization and softness in female characters.
  27. Studying facial musculature: a look at the less noticeable but equally important muscles.
  28. The importance of anatomy in the horror genre: how to use your knowledge of musculature to create striking images.
  29. The relationship between proportions and anatomy: how a good knowledge of both is vital to creating a convincing drawing.
  30. Concluding the lesson: the importance of continuous practice to improve your artistic skills.

WORKBOOK:

(This pack includes a complete workbook of downloadable exercises to practice and learn these topics).

Pack  4 (Nivel Intermedio)

Content:

Discover the art of limbs in manga illustration with our fourth lesson! Often intimidating and always essential, hands and feet become our protagonists. From basic structures to precise proportions, you’ll learn how to bring these fundamental parts of the human body to life in your own creations.

Explore the complexity and diversity of the fingers, master the drawing of the fist and understand how perspective can transform a flat image into a realistic representation.

But we don’t stop there: you’ll also delve into the world of poses, actions and how to give depth and dimension to your drawings, all before entering the exciting territory of feet!

Intrigued, come and discover all the secrets in this detailed lesson!

In this pack you’ll learn:

  1. Introduction to manga hand drawing: overcoming fears and complications.
  2. Exploring the structure of the hand: understanding joints, positions and points of view.
  3. Drawing a sleeve hand step by step: from basic form to precise proportions.
  4. Understanding the diversity and complexity of the fingers: from the index finger to the meniscus.
  5. Detailed view of the phalanges: how to draw each section of the fingers.
  6. Aspects to take into account when drawing the back and palm of the hand.
  7. The importance of perspective in drawing hands: how to achieve a realistic representation.
  8. Creating hands in action: how to draw different poses and movements.
  9. Understanding the volumetry of the hand: how to give depth and dimension to your drawings.
  10. Drawing the fist: mastering foreshortening and sleeve views.
  11. Practicing different views and poses of the hand: from the front view to the profile.
  12. Tips to improve your hand illustrations: from the level of detail to the inclusion of the nails.
  13. Applying what you have learned: how to take your hand drawing skills to the next level.
  14. Starting to draw hands: the first step with a rectangle and careful curvatures.
  15. Adding dimensions and details to the hand: the importance of perspective and proportion.
  16. Understanding the complexity of the fingers: how to represent their shape and mobility in a realistic way.
  17. Exploring the limits of the fingers: learning about their flexibility and how to represent it in your drawings.
  18. Practicing the perspective of hands: tips and tricks to draw hands in different angles and postures.
  19. Differentiating between male and female hands: how to capture the subtleties and unique characteristics of each.
  20. Introduction to feet: how to start drawing them with basic shapes.
  21. Detailing the feet: learning how to represent the toes and the unique structure of the foot.
  22. Practicing different perspectives of the feet: how to accurately represent the feet from different viewpoints.
  23. Understanding foot movement: how to capture the limits of flexibility and movement of the feet in your drawings.
  24. Practicing with training sheets: how to improve your skills with practical exercises and helpful guidelines.

WORKBOOK:

(This pack includes a complete workbook of downloadable exercises to practice and learn these topics).

Pack  5 (Nivel Intermedio)

Content:

The fifth lesson takes you on an exciting journey into the heart of manga character creation. From constructing technical cards to developing believable and varied personalities, this lesson immerses you in the psychology, physics, and stylistics of your characters.

Want to know how poses can reveal your character’s personality or how clothing and hairstyle can reflect their inner world? Would you like to explore how age, height and environment can radically change the perception of your character? Are you intrigued by the idea of bringing your characters to life and making them unique and memorable?

Then look no further! Lesson 5 has everything you need to start creating your own vivid and believable manga characters!

In this pack you’re going to learn:

  1. Introduction to manga character creation: the importance of characterization to bring your characters to life.
  2. Creating character sheets for your characters: how to develop their backstory, age, personality and other essential details.
  3. Diversity of personalities and genres in manga characters: how to believably portray a wide range of characters.
  4. Understanding verisimilitude in character creation: how to adjust the reality of your characters according to the genre of the story.
  5. Designing characters according to the story: how literary genres influence the portrayal of characters.
  6. Expressing the personality of your characters through their poses: how to represent the character of your characters in their movements and attitudes.
  7. Creating distinct and unique characters: how to prevent your characters from resembling each other.
  8. Designing characters according to the tone of the story: the difference between humorous and serious drawings.
  9. Creating character sheets with concrete examples: how to design characters from scratch with basic information.
  10. Defining the physical characteristics of your characters: how age and height influence the design.
  11. Bringingyour characters to life through their personality and backstories: how your characters’ personalities and life situations influence their design.
  12. Incorporating unique details into your characters: how personal likes and dislikes and physical flaws can make your characters more believable.
  13. Designing your characters’ look: how clothing and hairstyles reflect your characters’ personalities.
  14. Exploring fashion and trends to design your characters: how research can help you create stylish and modern characters.
  15. Experimenting with facial details to create unique characters: how small changes can result in completely new characters.
  16. The art of character design: how facial and body expressions reflect a character’s personality.
  17. The importance of emotions in character design: how mood affects your character’s appearance.
  18. Creating unique characters: how to use different personalities to differentiate your characters.
  19. The importance of costume design in character development: how clothing reflects the character’s personality and environment.
  20. The art of drawing faces: how to use geometric shapes to create a variety of facial forms.
  21. The nose as a focal point: how the size and shape of the nose can drastically change a character’s appearance.
  22. Hair design in manga: how to create unique and expressive hairstyles.
  23. The art of drawing eyes: how eye style and size can give character to your character.
  24. Creating variety in your characters: how age, height and body build can differentiate your characters.
  25. The character’s environment: how location and era can influence your character’s design.
  26. The role of clothing in character design: how clothing can reflect the character’s environment and history.
  27. The process of designing a character: how to go from a basic stick structure to a complete and detailed character.
  28. The finishing touch: how the final details can bring personality and style to your character.

WORKBOOK:

(This pack includes a complete workbook of downloadable exercises to practice and learn these topics).

Pack  6 (Nivel Intermedio)

Content:

In our sixth lesson, let’s dive into the essence of artistic representation: perspective! This lesson introduces you to the fundamental principles of perspective, from the horizon line to vanishing points, and how these concepts apply to manga art. Learn how to transform simple squares into three-dimensional cubes and how depth and volume can bring realism to your creations.

We’ll teach you the subtleties of foreshortening and how to “fake” depth to create stunning optical effects. Interested in how to avoid false perspective and how to manage proportions for a realistic effect? Want to understand how perspective can suggest grandeur and verticality?

This lesson is for you! Come and discover all these secrets and more in Lesson 6.

In this pack you will learn:

  1. Introduction to perspective: Understanding its importance and how it influences drawing.
  2. The concept of perspective: Understanding its functionality and application in art.
  3. The horizon line: Understanding its role in the creation of perspective.
  4. Vanishing points and vanishing lines: How they work and how to use them in drawing.
  5. Perspective with a vanishing point: Learn how to transform a square into a cube.
  6. Depth and volume in perspective: Adding realism to your drawings.
  7. Perspective with two vanishing points: Creating a more realistic and three-dimensional view.
  8. Foreshortening: Exploring its relationship to perspective and how it affects the visualization of objects.
  9. The nine positions of the cube in perspective with one vanishing point: Understanding the different perspectives of an object.
  10. The illusion of depth: Creating a three-dimensional effect in your drawings.
  11. False perspective: What is it and how to avoid it in your work?
  12. The art of “faking” depth: Discovering the techniques of draftsmen to create optical effects.
  13. The basics of perspective: Creating believable backgrounds for your drawings.
  14. Perspective in manga: Applying the concepts learned in Japanese art.
  15. Conclusion: Understanding the importance of perspective to become a better artist.
  16. Starting with the cube: Adding vanishing lines to reveal perspective.
  17. Managing proportions: How the position of vanishing points affects the visible face of the cube.
  18. Creating transparency: How to visualize and draw the hidden faces of a cube.
  19. Working with two vanishing points: How to give a more realistic perspective to your figures.
  20. Handling perspective: How the position and distance of vanishing points influence the representation of volume.
  21. Introducing a third vanishing point: Adding depth and realism to your 3D figure renderings.
  22. Handling three-point perspective: How the third vanishing point can affect the appearance of your figures.
  23. Creating more complex figures: How to apply three-point perspective in the creation of a prism.
  24. Defining perspective: How the position of the viewer affects the representation of the figure.
  25. Using perspective to suggest grandeur: How three-point perspective can be used to create a sense of height and verticality.
  26. Ending with a reflection: The importance of practicing and understanding these concepts in order to move on to more complex representations.

WORKBOOK:

(This pack includes a complete workbook of downloadable exercises to practice and learn these topics).

Pack  7 (Nivel Intermedio/Avanzado)

Content:

Delve into the art of perspective and discover how this optical illusion game can elevate your manga drawing skills to a new level.

In this lesson, we introduce you to the fascinating world of foreshortening the human figure, a technique that will allow you to create more realistic, three-dimensional drawings. You will learn how to master volumetrics, understand how objects change depending on their proximity to the vanishing point and how to freehand draw details of the foreshortened human figure.

We challenge you to change the camera, alter perspective, and play with shadows and highlights to achieve a deeper, more detailed rendering.

We will guide you through each step as you discover how perspective and foreshortening are vital to creating epic, dynamic scenes that convey emotion and tell stories through your drawings.

In this pack you will learn:

  1. Welcome to the world of foreshortening in the human figure: discovering the optical effect of perspective in manga drawing.
  2. Perspective in action: Understanding volumetrics and how to apply it to the human figure.
  3. Getting ready for practice: Challenging your artistic skills with foreshortened human figure drawing.
  4. The eye of the camera: How to perceive the three-dimensional world and apply the idea of dimensions and volume in your drawings.
  5. Discovering camera angles: Understand the terms eye height, dive, dive, overhead, zenith and supine and how they affect foreshortened drawing.
  6. Starting simple: Drawing a foreshortened outstretched arm and how to create the illusion of depth.
  7. Understanding perspective: How objects change according to their proximity to the vanishing point.
  8. Practicing with simple shapes: Using cylinders, spheres, cubes and prisms to represent parts of the human figure.
  9. Defining shapes: How to draw freehand and by eye the details of the foreshortened human figure.
  10. Exaggerating perspective: How to adjust vanishing points to create dramatic effects in your drawings.
  11. Changing the camera: How a slight adjustment in camera angle can totally change the perception of your drawing.
  12. Understanding descending and ascending vanishing lines: How perspective influences character drawing.
  13. The importance of the position of the feet in perspective rendering.
  14. The character’s vanishing lines and arms: how downward and upward direction affects the representation of the object.
  15. Practicing foreshortening through the model section: how to improve and perfect each sector of the figure.
  16. Understanding perspective from different angles: how to represent the character in different views.
  17. Drawing scenes from different angles: the importance of varying points of view in the creation of manga and comics.
  18. Perspective and the foreshortened body part: how a body part can be altered by perspective.
  19. Creating a pose from scratch: how to pose and draw the figure in simple steps.
  20. The challenge of shaping the structure: how to deform shapes according to perspective.
  21. The importance of lighting in the representation of depth: how shadows and lights enhance the volume of the figure.
  22. Lighting in manga: how strokes, contrasts and plots define the drawings in the vignettes.
  23. The role of perspective and foreshortening in creating epic and dynamic scenes: how to tell stories with more dynamism through your drawings.
  24. Invitation to constant practice: how regular practice will allow you to go far in drawing characters in action.

WORKBOOK:

(This pack includes a complete workbook of downloadable exercises to practice and learn these topics).

Pack  8 (Nivel Intermedio/Avanzado)

Content:

Discover the mysterious art of storytelling without words in the world of manga. You will learn the visual storytelling techniques that allow you to do without words, and how shots can be an integral part of your storytelling.

You will study each of the basic shots and how to use them in your illustrations, from showing emotions and expressions of the characters to revealing their environment and the place where the scene will take place. You will delve into the relationship between characters and their environment through shots and counter shots, the importance of consistency and professionalism in page layout, and how to combine vignettes to create an attractive and dynamic format.

This lesson will equip you with the skills necessary to tell a story in a fluid and natural way in the Eastern reading sense, using the different types of shots.

In this pack you will learn:

  1. Introduction to the world of manga: Understanding the basic principles of storytelling and the importance of exercising.
  2. The importance of storytelling with images: How to tell a story only with illustrations and the union between words and images.
  3. The art of storytelling without dialogue: The techniques of visual storytelling in manga and how words can be dispensed with.
  4. The essence of shots in manga: Exploring shots from film to manga and how they are an integral part of storytelling.
  5. Understanding the basic shots: A detailed look at the eight most basic shots and how to use them in your illustrations.
  6. The close-up and its importance: How to use the close-up to show emotions and character expressions.
  7. The medium shot and its use: How this shot can help show the action of the characters’ hands and present part of the costumes.
  8. The American shot in manga: How this shot popular in westerns can be used in manga to introduce characters and visualize their costumes.
  9. The whole shot and its use: How this shot can help introduce characters and show their action in conjunction with other characters.
  10. The wide shot and its importance: How this shot can help to show the character’s environment and set the mood and situate the reader in the place where a certain scene will take place.
  11. The great general shot and its use: How this shot can help to show a great scenery without focusing on any particular point or character.
  12. The detail shot and its importance: How this very close shot can help to show in detail some thing or object.
  13. The very close-up shot and its use: How this shot can help emphasize the expression, and therefore feelings, of the character.
  14. Introduction to complementary shots: The perspective shot and the Dutch shot and how they can be used to reinforce the narrative.
  15. Use of the Perspective and Dutch Shot: How these shots can be used in scenes of confrontation between characters and to show something from the point of view of a character or object.
  16. Introduction to the Dutch Shot: Basic concepts of filming and photography applied to manga.
  17. Plans and counterplans: Exploring the relationship between characters and their environment in manga.
  18. Categorization of shots: Descriptive, narrative and expressive. An in-depth look at each.
  19. Combining shots: The importance of context and logic in storytelling through images.
  20. Rules for manga page construction: How to use different types of shots to tell a story.
  21. The oriental sense of reading: Learning how to arrange the vignettes for a fluid and natural reading.
  22. The challenge of page layout: How to combine bullets to create an attractive and dynamic format.
  23. The “box” and margins: Learning to manage the limits of the drawing sheet.
  24. Expanding and overlapping vignettes: How to play with boundaries to create an impactful visual narrative.
  25. Using diagonals in vignettes: How to suggest speed and vertigo in action scenes.
  26. The separation between vignettes: Discussing the importance of consistency and professionalism in page layout.
  27. Practice and exercises: Strengthen your skills with special training sheets.

WORKBOOK:

(This pack includes a complete workbook of downloadable exercises to practice and learn these topics).

Pack  9 (Nivel Intermedio/Avanzado)

Content:

Welcome to the world of manga inking, where you define outlines, add depth and bring life to your illustrations. From the definition and relevance of inking, to modern techniques and tools, to the secrets behind a good stroke, this lesson will take you through the fascinating process of inking.

You will explore the advantages and disadvantages of traditional and digital tools, learn how to select the right brush and take care of your inking tools. Throughout the lesson, we will teach you how to use contrast, hand screening and textures, how to generate movement in your illustrations, and finally, how to practice constantly to perfect your technique.

By the end of this lesson, you will have acquired the knowledge and skills to go from sketch to final art, ready to tell your own story in manga.

In this pack you will learn:

  1. Introduction to inking: Definition and relevance to the manga drawing process.
  2. The art of digital inking: Exploring modern techniques and tools.
  3. From sketch to final art: Deciphering the key steps in the drawing process.
  4. Inking and screening: How to add depth and texture to your illustrations.
  5. The use of indelible ink: Preventing mistakes and maintaining the durability of your artwork.
  6. The role of the inker: Understanding his role and necessary skills.
  7. The world of the weft: Creating gray tones without using gray.
  8. Let’s color! Going from inking to color without the need for screens.
  9. The importance of a correct line modulation: Adding dynamism and depth.
  10. The secrets behind a good stroke: How to achieve an attractive and organic stroke.
  11. Tools for inking: Discovering traditional and digital options.
  12. Getting to know manga pens: Learning to handle the Saji-Pen, G-Pen and Maru-Pen.
  13. The power of brushes: How they can improve your inking skills.
  14. The importance of authenticity in inking: How to find your own style and leave your mark on each work.
  15. The role of different artists in the creation of a manga: inkers, letterers, colorists and more.
  16. Learning how to select the right brush: how to experiment with different brushes to find the one that suits your style.
  17. Discovering the art of inking: the use of round and liner brushes to create various strokes and details.
  18. Tackling the digital age: how digital tools are changing the art of manga and illustration.
  19. Evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of traditional and digital tools: how to choose the right tool for your artistic style and needs.
  20. Introduction to India ink: how to use and care for your inking tools to keep them in top condition.
  21. Exploring the essentials of inking: how to use contrast, hand screening and textures to enhance your illustrations.
  22. Generating movement in your illustrations: how to use kinetic lines to bring your characters and objects to life.
  23. Conclusion and next steps: how to practice constantly to perfect your technique and become a professional.

WORKBOOK:

(This pack includes a complete workbook of downloadable exercises to practice and learn these topics).

Pack  10 (Nivel Avanzado)

Content:

Have you ever wondered why you find certain manga illustrations so vivid and absorbing? The secret lies in the mastery of contrast.

In Lesson 10 of our course, we’ll take you on a detailed journey through the world of contrast and how this powerful element can bring your manga illustrations to life. Discover how the use of line modulation techniques, ink and dot plots can create depth and atmosphere in your drawings. Dive into the complexity of tonal keys and learn how to work with monochromatic scales.

In addition, you will learn how to create gradients with hand raster, how to overlay layers of lines to darken your gradients and much more. If you want your characters and scenes to stand out, this lesson is a must.

In this pack you will learn:

  1. Introduction to the importance of contrast in manga illustration.
  2. Contrast as a tool to enhance depth and atmosphere in your drawings.
  3. Contrast techniques: line modulation, use of ink and dot plots.
  4. Understanding tonal keys: the scale of tones from the lightest to the darkest.
  5. Working with the monochromatic scale: how to create gray tones for your illustrations.
  6. The major and minor key: how to define the degree of contrast in your work.
  7. High, medium and low keys: how to divide the graphic to create different shades.
  8. Drawing cool characters: how to use contrast to make your characters stand out.
  9. The high contrast or bitonal key: how to use only black and white to create contrast.
  10. Comparing manga and western comics: how contrast is used differently in each.
  11. Creating raster, gradients and textures: how to use these techniques to generate halftones and depth.
  12. Drawing a gradient with hand raster: a step-by-step tutorial.
  13. Creating a gradient with ink: how to start with short parallel lines to give a sense of seams.
  14. The art of varying direction: how to change the direction of your lines for a more dynamic gradient effect.
  15. Fading your lines: how to break up your lines to create a smooth transition from black to white paper.
  16. Overlapping to darken: how to add a second layer of lines in the opposite direction to darken your gradient.
  17. We keep getting darker: how to keep adding layers of lines for a darker tone.
  18. Drawing texture: how to generate a clean, neat texture that will look good on your sleeve.
  19. Creating contrast in illustration: how to work dark tones and light to create different impressions of materials and textures.
  20. Working on texture and volume: how to add detail and contrast to give depth and volume to elements in your illustration.
  21. Lighting and shadows: how to use lighting to give volume to the trees, bed and other elements of the illustration.
  22. Finishing the illustration: how to add final details and textures to complete your illustration in ink.
  23. Adding digital grays: how to give a final touch to your illustration by adding digital grays to parts of the character’s clothing.
  24. A finished work: how to use all these techniques to create a complete and well-executed ink illustration.

WORKBOOK:

(This pack includes a complete workbook of downloadable exercises to practice and learn these topics).

Pack  11 (Nivel Avanzado)

Content:

Lesson 11 invites you on a fascinating journey of exploration through light and shadow in the world of manga. Learn how lighting can bring your artwork to life, conveying everything from the subtlest emotion to the most intense atmosphere.

You’ll learn about the function of reflected light, how cast shadows and object shadows differ, and how different types of light can completely change the mood of your scene. Explore how light interacts with different surfaces and materials and how to represent those details effectively in your drawings. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from Oscar Appie, an expert in creating compelling characters.

If you want to master the use of light and shadow in your manga artwork, you won’t want to miss this lesson.

In this pack you’re going to learn:

  1. Introduction to light and shadow in manga: how darkness and light bring your works to life.
  2. The function of lighting in manga: how light and shadow can convey a specific mood.
  3. Exploring lighting sources: how varying the light source can change the look of your scene.
  4. Analysis of sunlight in manga: how the position and intensity of the sun can influence the rendering of shadows.
  5. The role of shadows in manga: how to differentiate and correctly use an object’s shadow and cast shadow.
  6. The impact of clouds on lighting: how the presence of clouds can diffuse and soften shadows in your artwork.
  7. Use of full moonlight and candlelight in manga: how these light sources can create unique and mysterious atmospheres.
  8. Electric light in manga: how light from a spotlight or LED lights can scatter light and change the mood of your scene.
  9. The concept of reflected light: how light can bounce from one object to another and affect the lighting of your scene.
  10. The effect of colors and materials on reflected light: how certain colors and materials can reflect more light than others.
  11. The interaction of reflected light with shadow: how reflected light can illuminate shadows and add depth to your work.
  12. The decision whether or not to use reflected light: how the use of reflected light can depend on your style and the level of realism you want to achieve.
  13. Lighting as a language of emotion: how the direction and intensity of light can convey different moods.
  14. Considerations for using emotional lighting: how to use light to convey emotion without losing the coherence of your work.
  15. The power of lighting: How the direction of light can change the perception of a character.
  16. Lighting as a narrative resource: How to use it to reflect a character’s emotions and decisions.
  17. The value of chiaroscuro: How to use light and shadow to enhance the composition of a scene.
  18. The importance of truthfulness in lighting: How to avoid common mistakes in the direction of lights and shadows.
  19. Materials and textures: Understanding how light and shadow interact with different surfaces.
  20. Reflections and glints: How to properly represent the interaction of light with materials such as glass and metals.
  21. Interaction of light with wood: How the texture and finish of wood affect its appearance under light.
  22. Stone and its interaction with light: A study of how porosity and type of stone influence luminosity.
  23. The challenge of folds: How gravity, volume and movement affect the creation of folds and their interaction with light.
  24. Interpreting textures and materials through light: How lighting can suggest the type of material in your drawing.
  25. Practicing lighting: Examples and exercises to improve your mastery of light and shadow.
  26. Tips from an expert: Guest artist Oscar Appie shares his techniques for creating compelling characters.
  27. The challenge of drawing characters in action: How lighting can bring dynamism and realism to your characters in motion.
  28. The Joy of Learning to Draw: A reminder of the importance of enjoying the learning process.

WORKBOOK:

(This pack includes a complete workbook of downloadable exercises to practice and learn these topics).

Pack  12 (Nivel Avanzado)

Content:

In our final lesson, Lesson 12, we will focus on the essential art of manga vignette composition. You will understand how the correct placement and organization of characters and objects within the space of your vignette can influence and guide the reader’s attention.

You will learn the meaning and use of different lines and shapes, and how they can convey different sensations. You will delve into the fascinating world of the rule of thirds and the law of the horizon, learning how to apply them in your vignettes to create interesting and attractive scenes.

But that’s not all, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn from renowned artists in the manga industry and prepare to create your own professional manga pages.

Don’t wait any longer to transform your manga drawing skills and take your art to the next level!

In this pack you will learn:

  1. Lesson introduction: the importance of composition in manga cartooning.
  2. Definition of composition: understanding how to arrange objects within the space to guide the reader’s eye.
  3. Exploring various forms of composition: using geometric shapes and lines to guide the eye to the point of interest.
  4. Avoiding common mistakes in composition: understanding the importance of character and object placement to avoid monotony.
  5. Understanding the meaning of lines: how horizontal, vertical, diagonal and curved lines convey different sensations.
  6. Using circles and “S” curves to create interesting compositions.
  7. Understanding converging lines and how they convey depth and distance in the composition.
  8. Combining different shapes in a composition: the concept of rhythm and how a pattern of lines or shapes can enhance the composition.
  9. Avoiding common mistakes with straight lines: the importance of keeping parallel lines as straight as possible.
  10. Introduction to the rule of thirds: how to divide the picture into three equal parts to guide the reader’s attention.
  11. Applying the rule of thirds and the law of the horizon in different types of vignettes.
  12. Comparing examples of bad and good composition: learning from mistakes and successes in manga vignettes.
  13. The art of drawing crowds: tricks and techniques to create scenes with many characters.
  14. The use of extra characters in comedy: how to draw monigots to add humor to your manga.
  15. Creating realistic extra characters: the art of drawing faceless characters.
  16. Placement of main characters: the importance of key points in the rule of thirds and kinetic lines.
  17. Handling depth in crowd scenes: how to guide the reader’s eye to the main character.
  18. Drawing in random direction: tricks to represent crowds with different directions.
  19. Separating the characters from the background: a crucial detail to avoid confusion in your drawings.
  20. The balance between details and simplicity: how to avoid visual overload in your pictures.
  21. The importance of written language in manga: tricks to correctly place dialogue balloons.
  22. Avoiding continuity errors: how to maintain coherence in your story through the vignettes.
  23. Handling perspective in different points of view: how to draw the same environment from different angles without losing coherence.
  24. Axis jumping and its impact on the coherence of the story: how to avoid errors in camera position.
  25. Special guests: learning from artists Oscar, Diego Allay, Luis Figueiredo and Ariel Olive.
  26. Training for Comics: preparing you to create professional manga pages.
  27. Practice, practice, practice: how constant practice will help you improve your drawing and storytelling skills.

WORKBOOK:

(This pack includes a complete workbook of downloadable exercises to practice and learn these topics).

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