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Manga Techniques #2: How to make clouds with screentone

Yazuki Wolf

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12 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. MangaCloud 01 ToneReview

      3:27
    • 2. MangaCloud 02 BlueLeadOutline

      1:35
    • 3. MangaCloud 03 sandErasernPaper

      3:29
    • 4. MangaCloud 04 RazerScratches

      2:51
    • 5. MangaCloud 05 EraseCleanup

      1:18
    • 6. MangaCloud 06 lightThruCloudsIntro

      2:16
    • 7. MangaCloud 07 crossHatch

      6:41
    • 8. MangaCloud 08 inkingMountains

      1:53
    • 9. MangaCloud 09 applyTOne

      3:54
    • 10. MangaCloud 10 sandEraser

      2:36
    • 11. MangaCloud 11 cutterNmoreSandErase

      2:40
    • 12. MangaCloud 12 whiteInk

      4:04

About This Class

In this class we'll go over the techniques for creating clouds for your manga backgrounds using screentone.

This class builds off the basic tone techniques covered in my former lesson, "Manga Techniques #1: How to use Screen Tone" so it may be worth reviewing that lesson ahead of time, but I do go over all the key points briefly in this class, so it's not a hard requirement.

Transcripts

1. MangaCloud 01 ToneReview: Yes, yes, you wolf! And welcome to another episode of the manga workshop Siris. In the last episode, we talked about how to use screen tone. And so this ever Silver Gun takes that a little step further, and we're going to screen tone to make clouds. I think we've got to start off with just your basic clouds, and then we'll maybe try to do some more complicated things in another video. But for now, we're going to stick with the basic clouds that you would just They just put the screen toned down and then carve out your clouds with. So let's get start with that. Use pretty much any screen tone that you choose for the effect that you want. It could be just a flat tone or could have a radiant, radiant coming down coming from it. So, like, maybe you could have, like the clouds fading in the distance or something. It just depends on what type of scene you're trying to go for, but as we kind of started, But it was just a kind of short review of the last episode. Start off the screen tone. We want to fill in the area that say, That's to whom. Which very think is good. Let's go for this one here. This kind of it's kind of thin. Yeah, I won't do this is too big. Yeah, stick with this. I think so. Basically, we're gonna take the area that we want to fill up and cut out our screen tone first. So let's go ahead and cut this out here. I was going to use any Exacto knife that you choose to. There are specific one that they sell in in art art supply stores. But you could just coated like a dollar store wherever, just to get like, a cheap thing. I have always found these 100 yen. Exactly. Might have been more than more than good enough for me. But however your preferences Now, let's go ahead. Put that down where we wanted it and you make, um, just as a review, you're making it a little bit larger than the area that you want to fill up. Because after you put it down like so you can then go and cut it out to the to the specific size that you're going for, right? There we go. So now we got the come to the size that we wanted, and usually I would wait until you've done done all the effects. Do you want before you before you secure it? But since we're not going to be doing any any other drawings, besides just cutting out the clouds this time, you go ahead and secure it onto their. Usually there's many ways to do this, but I just got a piece of paper on top of it and then get something to kind of push it down with. It could be anything. There are specific, like plastic tools that they sell at the art supply stores. But I found that pretty much anything works, So I'm using my white ink here. You could also maybe use like your pen even, just kind of like push it down and secure it to the paper and the real. Now it shouldn't move around too much 2. MangaCloud 02 BlueLeadOutline: So the next step is using two tools you probably could get were just using just using the exact life if you don't have, ah, a sand eraser. But the Senate race is also helpful, so I'm going to use these two tools to make the to make the clouds. Now, how should we set these clouds up? Um, it makes a little outline Real quick se is This is a little bit thinner of a space that thin is ideal. But it's just have, like some clouds coming through here, maybe. And I'm using ah ah blue amusing blue erase Herbal lead because one it's erase full so I can erase it afterwards. Is is always good. And to, um, blue doesn't show up on Ah, it doesn't show up in what's called um and printings. So generally, even if you if you use pencil, it's fine. Yearsas always erase it. But if you say, for example, if you didn't erase it entirely like there was a part of the pencil that was left over, he would show up if it was being printed. But if it's blue pencil, even if there's a little bit of blue left over it's not going to show up in the printing. So you don't have to be as, like, anal retentive about getting up, getting everything erased her or what Not, actually, how this that this size seems to work. OK, like these clouds coming around here, Maybe they would have them kind of, like, fade off into the fade off at the bottom into, like, little clouds in the distance or something like that. Yeah, something like that could be okay. 3. MangaCloud 03 sandErasernPaper: So the next step is using two tools you probably could get were just using just using the exact life if you don't have, ah, a sand eraser. But the Senate race is also helpful, so I'm going to use these two tools to make the to make the clouds. Now, how should we set these clouds up? Um, it makes a little outline Real quick se is This is a little bit thinner of a space that thin is ideal. But it's just have, like some clouds coming through here, maybe. And I'm using ah ah blue amusing blue erase Herbal lead because one it's erase full so I can erase it afterwards. Is is always good. And to, um, blue doesn't show up on Ah, it doesn't show up in what's called um and printings. So generally, even if you if you use pencil, it's fine. Yearsas always erase it. But if you say, for example, if you didn't erase it entirely like there was a part of the pencil that was left over, he would show up if it was being printed. But if it's blue pencil, even if there's a little bit of blue left over it's not going to show up in the printing. So you don't have to be as, like, anal retentive about getting up, getting everything erased her or what Not, actually, how this that this size seems to work. OK, like these clouds coming around here, Maybe they would have them kind of, like, fade off into the fade off at the bottom into, like, little clouds in the distance or something like that. Yeah, something like that. Could be okay. All right. So now I'm just gonna get the general area mapped out with my with my sand eraser. I think the cameras a little far is let's try a zoom you in a little bit closer, so I'm not sure how well the blue is showing up in the in the video, but hopefully you can see the basic outline we have there. Um, don't don't remind the smarter Sparks s much spots in the size. This is a very, very old piece of paper from back when I was a student. That I'm just reusing now. So All right, so let's go ahead and we take our sand eraser and basically just a race. We're just going to use these two tools, but I realized you also probably even this use sandpaper instead of ascent. Eraser. So you have sandpaper. It looks like I still had some of my in my pencil case. So very much the same sort of effects with the sandpaper as well. Could be a my imagination, but looks like the sandpaper has a little bit rougher of Ah, How about call it edge to it so it doesn't look as smooth as the standard racer. But you could figure out what your what works best for the affect your truck you're going for. 4. MangaCloud 04 RazerScratches: So as you can see that we're not we're not done yet. It just is kind of like a Grady int. Um, it's like a graded that we've established. But we haven't actually gotten the edges that we want for the for the cloud. So that's where you go back to your to your razor. And, um, I'm sure it was prying into numerous ways to do this, but I found that it was most effective for me Is that I use I don't use the sharp side of the razor, so I don't I don't cut. I don't scrape this with With the sharp side, I actually turned the other way around and, ah, scrape it from the from the backside. So, like, if my finger was the was the, uh, the paper, you're basically putting it like this and then scraping like this way. Um, and right now I was scraping. I'm escaping on the back here just because it's my finger. But if it was the paper you scrape up here, right? So do this do this motion. But, uh, from on this tip, it's kind of hard to describe, but hopefully you can see what I'm doing so and basically, I'm gonna do with this and try get the outer edges of the of the clouds and just to kind of established the contrasts because right now we have, um we have, like, the missed a step. We have, like, a mist in, like, a radiant, but we don't have actual, like, hard edge it. Also, this is for the hard edges way. 5. MangaCloud 05 EraseCleanup: Okay. I think that pretty much does it. So I'm gonna go ahead and race the any leftover pencil mark. All right? And there is your basic clouds. Pretty simple. Um, I think more practical, get better with the more practice in, the more that you do it, a lot of it just comes with observing 1000. Like how you would draw cloud with the pencil. How your drug trials with paint. It's all all that. All that knowledge can translate to this. So you kind of figure out how to put where you want. Put the highlights where you want put the shadows and so forth. Um, the next type of trial that I want to show you it is a little bit war complex now here? Yes, in the next. The next one is this. Why was just That's just with tone. So it's just purely tone and erasing. The next version is tone plus erasing plus, um, ink plus Whiting. So that's the more complex version which will do in our next video 6. MangaCloud 06 lightThruCloudsIntro: they were going to be going in a little bit more intensive into the clouds last last time, we did your basic tone with the with scraped out clouds. This time we're gonna do a much bigger project. We're gonna do clouds with Tone Inc and White Ink and and we're going to try to get an effect of having the light breaking through the crowds. This is something I did as a student. So I'm gonna kind rep basically trying to replicate this, but maybe make it a little a little bit different design for the problem going from or of ah, more like a real life. Ah, thick cloud was you'll see what I mean when I get into it. So here's what my my basic outline that I did with the blue blue blue pencil lead. It's not sure how well you can see that on the video, but I tried to explain what my thought process is here on. Think that the sun's gonna be right here and so the rays of light coming out from the sun I gotta go kind of in this these directions and using that as a guide, I drew the Ah, cloud structure that crosses over the sons. Your not actually going to see the sun in the picture, But you are going to see the rays of light coming out from the sides and the cash shells that are going to be created around the around the what? She called it the clouds. So the basic structure of the cloud is we're gonna basically this area here is the thing is big. I am not gonna try. Pronounce that Kuku No numbers. I always not Right. Sure is on the house, pronounced. But the very, very big clouds right, that come all around here and over this way. And it has, like, just this kind of swing to it where it's coming across the the landscape down here with little holes in it. So you have a hole here from which the rays of light are gonna be coming out, and then you also have the rays of light coming out from the top and you're gonna hit certain areas of this part's not gonna be as dark. Is this part of this parts more more in shadow than than than over here. And I'm gonna try to replicate that the best I can. What? Using the manga tools 7. MangaCloud 07 crossHatch: they were going to be going a little bit more intensive into the clouds last last time, we did your basic tone with the scraped out clouds. This time we're gonna do a much bigger project. We're gonna do clouds with Tone Inc and White Ink and and we're going to try to get an effect of having the light breaking through the crowds. This is something I did as a student. So I'm gonna kind rep basically trying to replicate this, but maybe make it a little a little bit different design for the problem going from or of, ah, more like a really like a thick cloud. But you'll see what I mean when I get into it. So here's what my my basic outline that I did with the blue blue blue pencil lead. It's not sure how well you can see that on the video, but I tried to explain what my thought process is here on. Think that the sun's gonna be right here, and so the rays of light coming out from the center got go kind of in this these directions and using that as a guide, I drew the ah cloud structure that crosses over the sons. Your not actually going to see the sun in the picture, But you are going to see the rays of light coming out from the sides and the cash shells that are going to be created around the around the what? She called it the clouds. So the basic structure of the cloud is we're gonna basically this area here is Is this this big? I'm not gonna try pronounce that kuku No, Nimbus, I I was not really sure it's on the house pronounced, but the very big clouds, right? Come on around here and over this way. And it has, like, just this kind of swing to it where it's coming across the, uh, the landscape down here with little holes in it. So you have a hole here from which the rays of light are gonna be coming out, and then you also have the rays of light coming out from the top and what you're gonna hit certain areas of this part's not gonna be as dark. Is this part of this parts more more in shadow than than than over here? And I'm gonna try to replicate that the best I can. What? Using the manga tools. So the first thing we gotta do is we're going to have to think it. Um, now, in doing this, you could use a modern pen. You could use a g pan. You could even just use use a meeting venue as well. I I think I'm gonna go with pen from now on. If I change it while doing it doesn't feel right. I might switch Teoh tomorrow. Pender sometime. This is a 0.3 mini pen. Doesn't necessarily have to be this size, but this is going to start with for now and see how it goes. - Okay , I think that's basically what the core shadows guy look like. Um, it probably could spend more time on this and keep adjusting, but for the sake of time ago, gonna be so with that for now. But the next part I asked the have, um, which call it mountains in the background. So I'm gonna draw them about mountains in as well, unsure of exactly what's going out. These cross hatching. Basically, I'm making up as I go along, basically just hatching until I get the consistency of darkness that I want for each area. Um, I originally was just going to cross. Cross was really just gonna hatch sideways within. It wasn't quite the consistency. I want a nice start, cross hatching as well. 8. MangaCloud 08 inkingMountains: Yeah, I see the lights coming from here. So I'm gonna have the mountains be dark on this side. So this is all gonna be black. This thing I'm marking off the X, and then it's that there is going to various cross hatching on, um, in the rest of it right here. - Okay . You all right? I think that pretty much takes care of the inking. We're gonna give it a few more hours to dry, and then we're gonna start the tones. But I say that for the next episode. 9. MangaCloud 09 applyTOne: last time we got the basics, um, shadows, the shot, the dark thinking done for our clouds. So this time we're going to apply tone and then scratch out the white areas for the light. Before doing that, we're gonna have to you raise her, at least lighten the the which he called the rough outline that I put ahead of time. I did do it with with Blue Led, which doesn't like I mentioned my other videos. It doesn't show up in ah, in, um in printings, so you don't have to worry about it being completely gone. And if you want to leave a little bit a little bit left over just to kind of use as a guide for yourself to when you're when you're doing the scratching into the tone, it it's probably find to do so. But you don't probably don't want to be too thick, so I'm just going to well, actually use a kneaded eraser. You see what this need? A racer wasn't 10 years old. Yeah, this this isn't gonna work. Yeah, but generally, if you wanted to raise something lightly kneaded erasers are usually pretty good for that. My need eraser appears is way, too, although, as I've mentioned it before, most of the work that I've been doing now professionally has all been digital. So this is actually something that I'm a little rusty, and I haven't done this for a while, But I'm trying my best to remember my studies at the Mongo Long a school here, And, uh, my muscle memory hopefully is strong enough to show you a good example of how the how this is done and in the continue in the consideration. This year's I've gotta start actually going into the digital side of manga as well were brought partner. I'll show you the basics of how to do a lot of these same techniques in programs like a manga manga studio or yes, called Manga Studio is called Comic Studio in Japan. Outside, the pants were among manga studio or actually the newest version, which is Clipper Crypt Studio paint crow. But Amy's, that's a story for another day. So who's I don't know if I want to use this really dark tone here. Think I want more of a tone around this, this consistency. You see, if I have such a Tom hold on a second. Okay? Found a darker. I mean, I found a lighter tone, but on second thought, I'm thinking that the darker total show it better on the camera, so we'll stick with that. Right? So, um, same as last time, we just cut it out and fill up the whole area with the tone that we want. So it's here. Maybe I'll use this section here. Something like this should work. Made a strike all from down here. No appear? No. Let's seal that paper. Okay, that's last time. Just 10. MangaCloud 10 sandEraser: as last time. We're going to start with the sand eraser now. The sun is peeking out from here. So this is where I'm gonna have this. The, uh, is gonna be the lightest area basically. And this here down here. But I won't be careful, but I won't get that contrasts as well. So I'm not going to erase into this darker area. Let's go ahead and mark of bashing point so that we know where the sign of the sun's going to be. So this is our son here. The vanishing point is going to be about right here. So any rays of light that we have coming out was going to want to point toward that vanishing point. The rays of light aren't that important. This step, you could even skip it if you wanted to, but he was going to put a little bit of rays coming out here. The reason being that later on, we're going to actually make more more was called definite rays of light with the with the razor blade and with the white ink, you can already see that we have a fairly established reference of where the sun is going to be breaking out of the house from the clouds. It's not gonna go around and just put the areas where the sun is hitting the clouds. Therefore, making the clouds a wider color rather than the shadowed areas, - Okay ? 11. MangaCloud 11 cutterNmoreSandErase: So now we're gonna go and use the exact life to get the sharp edges again from. So now I'm going. Teoh, switch back to my sand. Raised her again. Just toe had a little bit more to these rays of light that are coming out from the middle once again, just keeping track of where the vanishing point is. I suppose if you won't be really, really ah, good about it. You could try to do this with a ruler. I'm just kind of wing it for now, though. And what, You don't necessarily have to have a sander racing to do. This just is just added tool. I think that's pretty pretty. Okay, so now we're going to move to our final step, which is going to be adding some white ink you could use even just white out. Actually, you don't have ah, have ink. Like like this 12. MangaCloud 12 whiteInk: right. Some guy using a rush with the white ink just dipping into here. You could use White Alger. Whatever else you have, I heard that you can actually even ah, to use white ink with with a depends if used, like a deep end or a modern pen or something as well, which could be kind, good, good to get, like, the light shining effects. But my inc is a little old and clumpy, and I just tested it out a little bit and seem to be working on my mind. Depends. So I'm taking the time to kind of get my ink to the wreck. Assistant Scott, work with a rush for now. But just for your information you can do there is ways to apply it to your own depends as well. If you want to get that really fine, um, find a fine line effect. But see, so with the brush, I'm just going to be the areas that I want to be the whitest. I'm just gonna apply white on it while doing so. I'm also about it takes some strands of light as well to complement the the rays of light that I already established with the the Eraser and the and the Ranger could use a little bit of water. Yeah, it's better. My ink was a little too groupies, so I mixed with a little bit of water. I'm actually not sure if you're supposed to do that or not, but yeah, that's my makeshift answer to the problem that was at hand. Makes you wonder if you could just use, like, a white watercolor wash, even to get the same effect. - And if you feel like you went a little too far, always wash away extras afterwards. It's here, this area here, I think, a little too much there. So it's going to get wet tale to a wet towel to Washington. I wonder if I could even just scratching to with it with this? Yes, definitely people. So this area here, I thought it was a little too thick, and they would just scratch it right off. It's just by a scraping with the motor pen. There's a nice thing about having, um, that film there of the the tone between the paper and your, uh, Sandra White ink makes it easy to fix up right? So I always I think that does it. So they are the clouds. I'm sorry. The light breaking through the clouds. A manga technique. I'm sure there's other ways you can do this, but this is the way that I came up with, Um And I hope it was helpful to you, so until next time