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Make Manga!

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Make Manga! provides over 30 step-by-step tutorials that teach you how to create characters with personality, engaging backgrounds, and endless story ideas.



How to Make Your Own Exciting Manga Story!

An artist’s greatest gift is his or her imagination. By learning how to create manga characters with personality—and place them in engaging backgrounds—you can tell any story you want to! First, learn the basics of sketching: how to draw faces, figures, expressions and clothing. Then, practice inspirational prompts on coloring, composition and creativity to inspire endless story ideas. Use symbolism, mood and accessories to draw fantastic or realistic scenes. Use both traditional and digital coloring techniques to find your own engaging manga style.

More than 30 step-by-step tutorials teach you:

  • The basics of human anatomy and manga-specific proportions
  • The fundamentals of coloring skin tones, clothing and backgrounds with markers, watercolor and digital enhancements
  • Compelling character ideas, like Gijinkas—cute personifications of food, nature and objects
  • How to incorporate all of those various elements to build a cool and complete scene

“Bring your own visions to life!” —Karolina “Larienne” Heikura

About the author

Karolina “Larienne” Heikura is a self-taught artist from Poland. She started drawing professionally in 2014 and has been focusing on self-development as an artist ever since. In her youth, she was inspired to draw by manga titles like Dragon Ball and Chobits. Later, her inspiration would come from the world of fantasy, particularly from playing World of Warcraft, as well as watching Disney and the Lord of the Rings movies. She loves to draw conceptual pieces, magical surroundings, elves and other such whimsical characters. She always aims to tell a story with her artwork.

This is Karolina’s first instructional book. She has also made two self-published dōjinshi books, created content for adult coloring books and worked on numerous commissions for various clients including DeviantArt, Blizzard and Volition. Visit her DeviantArt page at

Additional Information

SKU R6419
Product Type Book
Pages 128
ISBN13 9781440353017
Instructor Karala Barendregt
Content Manga/Anime
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