Hi! Japanese Illustrator Mom, Koko here!
Do you know Copic Markers? They are the top quality brand from Japan,
I’ve bought Copic Marker Chao 24 colors when I was in Tokyo last time.
I’ve been testing and coloring with them, I have to say I am damn impressed.
Today I’ve drawn a Japanese Manga Anime style girl – a Magical Girl!
If you’re interested in learning how to color anime girls, I’d like to help you some!
This is what I had drawn and colored!
Do you like it? 😄
This is my imagination girl – she is a magical girl,
I’m going through what materials I used.
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Process of Drawing and Coloring
Briefly let me explain how I draw this Magical Girl.
Step 1. First – always, always draft drawing! with PENCIL.
Always Always. Start with pencil drawing. You will make a lot of correction, and this is what draft drawing is for – draw, erase, draw erase….
The KENT paper is wonderful for it, it’s a strong, thick paper so you don’t need to worry about the paper curling up, or breaks.
Step 2. Outline it
Here I have 2 ways. If I draw digitally I import my hand-drawing draft to computer, and start outlining.
In this case, I had drawn & colored with hands all the way – so I did outline it with a pen – especially her hair.
Flowers I used 0.5mm pen. But it looks uneven to use 2 different pens 😅, so next time I will stick with only 1 pen.
After you’ve drawn outline, be sure to erase pencil lines.
Step 3. Color it
Most exciting part! I use this set of Copic Marker .
When you paint, always think where the light’s coming from. You can color shadows accordingly.
Watch my video tutorial of how to color.
Tools I used for this Manga Anime drawing
Wanna see what tools I’ve used? I’m happy to share here!
What’s Kent Papers?
It’s a high quality, thick paper that is perfect for drawing, sometimes they are used for business cards, too.
In Japan all the manga artists use this Kent Papers.
I ALWAYS use pencil and eraser for drawing draft.
I am using Pental Mechanical Pencil. HB 0.7mm thickness.
THE BEST eraser in the world. MONO.
Once you use it, you can’t go any other erasers.
With all my heart, please, please try it. I promise You will love it.
I’ve been a MONO eraser user for 30+years. (basically, since I had started writing. )
TOMBOW your eraser is GOLD!!!!!!
For this drawing, I’ve used these 2 pens for outline.
Note that they are 2 BIG different pens. 0.5mm and 0.05mm.
I am still learning and testing those pens, which pens I should use mainly.
It’s a personal preference. I tend to like thick link, so I of course like 0.5 better. But I wanted to try something new, so in this Magical Girl drawing I’ve used this super thin pen 0.005mm for outline her body.
Copic Marker #0 to blur
This is one important pen to have.
Copic Marker #0
This pen have no color, just contains alcohol.
I use it heavily, when I want to blur colors or merge colors well.
A Must Have item!
Another very important pen to have.
Adding “sparks” is like giving a life to your drawing!
I’ve tried several pens, but this one is one of the best.
Check more Manga Anime Tutorials
I have a few more Manga Anime Drawing tutorials.
How to Draw Hair Tutorial
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