Manga Creator/Artist Jobs

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Manga Creator Jobs

This section is for manga creators looking for freelance work. Updated: 10/30/2017

 

Manga-Style Graphic Novel Artist Wanted

Deadline: Until Filled

Job Details: Need to hire an illustrator for my graphic novel (mystery, drama and romance) in Manga style format. The novel would be about 150 pages or less and I am seeking to hire immediately.

Pay: $75 per page

Manga style: Hayao Miyazaki, Masashi Kishimoto or Eiichiro Oda.

Contact Anita at ann_eneh2000@yahoo.co.uk.

 

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How to Make Backgrounds in Manga

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How to Make Backgrounds for Manga

Just as in writing, backgrounds are important for every manga. It anchors the characters and settings in a specific time and space. Without them, readers have only dialogue to follow the story.

Drawing from scratch

Creating a background from scratch may be time consuming, but it is one of the most fulfilling parts of drawing. Once you’re done, you sigh and yell, “I did it!” The best way to create a background from scratch is to take a picture of the locations or buildings you want to use and draw it from that picture.

The reason why I don’t prefer drawing at the location is because many factors change as you’re looking between your drawing and the actual place. The sun and clouds move, shifting the shadows around, and people hover over your shoulder with indignant questions, peeling your gaze from your focal point. A picture will stay whatever you want that picture to be.

Turning out a picture

With a picture of a location, you can also create unique backgrounds. Ai Yazawa turns images into shadows with almost pixelated points.

Ai Yazawa Paradise Kiss manga background example

Notice the background in Ai Yazawa’s Paradise Kiss and NaNa. It’s her trademark. (From Pinterest)

You can also turn pictures Into vectors in Adobe Illustrator or Manga Pro. To vectorize an image in Illustrator, select to “Trace”.

Using stock pictures

If drawing or vectorizing pictures are too much, you can buy Deleter background booklets or get free stock manga backgrounds on DeviantArt or Pinterest.

Deleter and Manga University both have books with backgrounds you can print onto adhesive sheets and apply like screentones or digitally place them in your manga using layers. They’re good for hard-to-find pictures such as Japanese classrooms, common streets, and convenience stores. The books aren’t free. They price anywhere from $2.50 to $12.00 online.

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Here are a few generous artists:

Manga Backgrounds by Humon

TakataRikuzen’s Free Manga Backgrounds

Loganna’s Manga Cityscape

If you want to be a well-rounded artist, my advice is to learn how to do perspective drawings. Even if you plan on becoming a traditional artist (drawing, painting, sculpting), learning perspective will only be a tool.

Manga Paper If You’re Outside Japan

Manga Paper If You’re Outside Japan

When you first started drawing manga, did you grab a few sheets from the printer stack? I know I did. Tsk, and a tsk. We didn’t know better then, but now we do. The type of paper you use to create your manga and comics makes a difference in line quality, erasings, and marker bleeds. Manga paper is nothing more than comic book or manuscript paper that’s thicker and more absorbent than regular printer paper. They can be expensive, but here’s a list from online retailers who’ll give you a deal.

Brand / Paper Type # of Sheets DickBlick Jerry’s Artarama Blue Line Pro Comic Artist Supplies Akadot Deleter Japanimation
Manga Art Boardz (150×220 mm) 25 $10.00
Manga Art Boardz (150×220 mm) 100 $35.00
Manga Art Paper #90 (8 ¼ x 11 ¾ in) 25 $8.96
Manga Art Paper #80 (8 ¼ x 11 ¾ in) 25 $9.86
Manga Art Paper #90 (10 x 14 ¼ in) 25 $14.36
Manga Art Paper #80 (10 x 14 ¼ in) 25 $15.26
Canson Illustration/Comic Board (38 x 10 in) 3 $5.32
Canson Illustration/Comic Board (16 x 20 in) 5 $14.49
Canson Illustration/Comic Board (20 x 30 in) 5 $24.89
Canson Comic Book Art Boards (11 x 17 in) 24 $13.67
Canson Manga Art Boards (10 x 14 ¼ in) 15 $6.84
Deleter Comic Book Paper 110kg A4 (182x257mm) 40 $5.91 $8.89
Deleter Comic Book Paper 110kg B4 (220x310mm) 40 $8.86 $13.29
Deleter Comic Book Paper 135kg A4 (182x257mm) 40 $6.23 $9.39
Deleter Comic Book Paper 135kg B4 (220x310mm) 40 $9.52 $15.09
Canson Paper for A5 Book Comic Manuscript Paper 3 $5.50
Canson Paper for B5 Book Comic Manuscript Paper 3 $6.00

For the digital copy of this post, please click here: Where to Get Manga Paper.

Other artists who’ve written about using manga paper and where to get them are:

Jamie Lynn Lano (former Prince of Tennis manga assistant) recommends 3 kinds of paper at http://www.jamieism.com/1883/prince-of-tennis/become-mangaka-part-2-learn-tools .

Manga Tutorials recommends paper from Akadot Retail and Blue Line Pro at http://www.mangatutorials.com/2010/all-about-manga-paper/ .

Manga Contests for Aspiring Manga Creators

Want to try your hand at competing with your manga? Try one of the contests below!

YEARLY CONTESTS

Silent Manga Audition (usually around the end of March) – This annual contest gives out the top prizes including $5,000 for the grand prize winner and recognition by current manga creators in Japan. As the title says “silent”, this manga has one definite rule: there should be no dialogue in your manga.

SacAnime Manga Contest (Deadline: Summer 2015) –  While SacAnime is an anime convention held in Sacramento each year, they also hold a manga contest with cash prizes.

LIMITED CONTESTS

 

Anime-Styled T-Shirt Design Contest at Threadless

Submit an anime-styled T-shirt design between November 23 and December 14, 2015 for a chance at $1000!

Threadless (Deadline: December 14, 2015) – Threadless, one of the top interactive T-shirt retailers, has an anime-themed T-shirt contest. If you win, you can get up to $1000 prize money. For those who submit but don’t win the contest can still get their designs sold on Threadless alongside $7 store credit.

If you know of any contests, please comment!

What Manga Creation Things Do You Need?

Here’s a poll for all manga creators and dabblers:

Why’s this here? What you ask for may be what you get! Please look at “To Manga Artists” to see the screentones, pens, deals, online courses, and communities dedicated to manga and comic book artists.

Online Communities for Aspiring Manga Creators

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Updated: May 6th, 2016

After writing about some classes for aspiring manga creators (Manga Courses for Aspiring Manga Creators), I got some emails about communities for aspiring manga creators. Here are a few communities to explore in 2015.

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Dream Manga (http://www.dream-manga.co.nr/) : This website harbors many non-professional manga creators and their works. Not only can artists trade information, they can contribute their comics.

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Manga Raiders (http://www.mangaraiders.com/): This forum-based community gives manga artists and writers a positive atmosphere to share their work “without having to face unnecessarily rude and disrespectful criticism on their work”.

Manga Workshop (http://mangaworkshop.net/): This forum website is for amateur manga writers and artists. It provides a directory of artists and collaborations.

Google-Plus-Communities

 

 

Google+ Aspiring Mangaka Group (https://plus.google.com/communities/100356658356916339528): This group is great for aspiring artists who want to see or post their work, exercises, and tentative projects to get feedback from other creators.

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DeviantArt (http://www.deviantart.com): If you’re not already on DeviantArt with your work, get on it! This is one of the hottest spots to share your art, get feedback from fellow artists, and find resources.

PaigeeWorld (https://www.paigeeworld.com/): Already got some art you want to share and get feedback? Try Paigee World, an online community for artists to post their work and receive comments from other artists. Though DeviantArt is bigger than PaigeeWorld, this website has a contained feed in the style of Tumblr.

Paradise Manga (http://paradisemanga.com/ga/): This website is considered the manga social network as it features manga created by its members. There’s also a drawing course.

Manga Writers and Artist Creators Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/mangawriters/): Here’s another social media-based group for manga writers and artists. Join for free and try it!

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Skillshare (http://www.skillshare.com): Want to see what other artists are learning? Take an online class or watch tutorial videos to perfect your art.

We Make Manga (http://wemakemanga.com/): Take manga classes offered through University of Southern California and add in the internet and a group of artists, and you’ve got yourself a community of manga creators! Read useful and relevant articles and interviews, and look at the original art by students.

If there are any online communities I have missed, please comment below!

Deals and Savings for Manga Artists

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Deals and Savings for Manga Artists (Updated 12/19/2016)

It’s hard getting cheap supplies for making your art. Besides the “Manga Pens” article I posted, some artists can check back here to find some deals I’ve found on the internet. (If you find any deals, let me know in the comments section or tweet me at [ at ] jeridel on Twitter.)

Pens

Supplies

 

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Screentones

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Deleter has screentones for only $4.95 each. 

Check out my other post about where to find screentones!

Manga and Anime

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