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8 Steps To Make Your Own Manga Posted Mar 20, 2020

8 Steps To Make Your Own Manga
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A manga is a Japanese comic with a unique Japanese style that has grown massively in popularity all around the world in the past few decades. If you’ve been reading them a lot and now want to make a manga of your own, you’ve come to the right place. Making a manga, however, will take not only artistic skill, but also time and dedication. However, provided you’re willing to put in the work, it shouldn’t be impossible, especially if you have some helpful tips to help you along. That’s what this tutorial is all about. We’re going to help you learn how to make a manga.

Make your Own Manga

8 Steps To Make Your Own Manga
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1. What Story Will You Tell?

First, figure out the kind of story you will tell, whether it will be historical, sci-fi, comedy-drama, and so on.

2. Make a Plot Summary

Next, write down a plot summary with the main occurrences of your plot. This a high-level view so don’t get too worried about going into the details.

3. Flesh Out Your Characters

Next, flesh out your characters with comprehensive character profiles. Draw them from different angles and in different poses, perhaps even with different outfits, so you can get a good sense of their appearance. After that, build their characters, behaviors, and overall profiles that will dictate how they act throughout the story.

4. Get the Setting Right

Where will your story happen? If it’s a fictional world, where will it be and what will its name be? What will its features and major locations be? Don’t overwhelm yourself by creating an entire world or universe. Just flesh out the main areas where the story will take place.

Start by drawing a general map of the part of the world where your story happens. You can use simple icons to show the different places, as well as small notes about the places and the purposes they serve.

As you draw the main locations, think about where your main character lives, where their friends and enemies live, where they go to work or school or on their quest, if they’ll be going on a quest. Don’t draw elaborate map features; icons will do. You can learn more about this kind of map making from this source. It’s a bit of an art, so take your time to learn it properly.

In case you will be using a real town or geographical area as the setting for your story, then it’s probably a good idea to use a real-world map for it. Get photographs of the actual locations and draw cartoon mockups of those. If you’re going to set your story in the real world then it’s important that the settings look as close to the real thing as possible.

Once you have the photographs of the real places, sketch them out with different views. A street view of the houses, workplaces, etc. is a good place to start. Once you’re done with the outside, you can go to the interior and sketch that. Sketch the interiors where the story will happen, filling in the main objects as you go along.

It’s important to carry this stage out carefully in order to avoid plot holes and inconsistencies. It’s also great for planning. If your character is in a place you have already sketched out before you can easily have them do things related to the context, such as buying candy at a candy store on the map.

5. How Long Will Your Manga Be?

Each chapter should occupy a certain portion of the story, and that’s something you should think about beforehand. Have a list of the main events in each chapter, and then flesh them out from there.

6. Plan the Comic Pages

Do rough sketches of each page to get a good feel for how they’ll look. You can throw away whatever doesn’t work since it’s just a sketch. Number your pages as well to avoid confusion. To make the process faster, you can draw “Chibi” characters as they don’t have too many details to throw in. You may also include the main dialog on each page.

7. Have Printing in Mind

If you’re planning on getting your manga printed, then you should plan for the printing. There are different printing sizes that you should look into so you draw for the right printing size.

Alternatively, you can avoid all that and just publish the manga on the Web. It’s cheap and easy, and you might also get a lot more views for your manga than you would have in print.

8. Draw the Manga

Now that everything is ready, draw the actual manga. Start with light pencil outlines which you can add ink top later. Take your time and do a good job, as this will be the most visually outstanding part of your manga. Also, choose the speech bubbles you will use to emphasize the messages your characters are conveying. Pick a style and stick to it throughout the manga. Once you’re done you can scan the manga. Or you can alternatively draw it digitally using a drawing tablet.


And with that we come to the end of the tutorial. With these tips you should have a good manga up in no time. Take your time as you go through the steps. You can't hurry greatness. And don’t forget to have loads of fun while you’re at it!

Author Bio

Jeff Blaylock is a writer and editor with a focus on writing, education, and technology. He’s constantly learning new things about how to improve the human experience and sharing these tips with his readers. He is deeply passionate about creative endeavors in general and loves to do fine art when he’s not writing.

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