Short Programs (suggestions)

◇Lecture (1 class)◇

Making Manga

I explain how I create manga with a real example, "Moon and Blood"(from Digital Manga Publishing). Students can see the documents I exchange with my editor, the storyboard, the pencil drawings (these are scanned from the original pencil drawings, which alas are long gone) and some real drawings/digital works. It would be recommended to study this manga beforehand, to better understand the lecturer and get a better grasp on what one needs to know. Students may ask questions regarding all of the techniques in the manga. Throughout, I demonstrate how I produced this manga.


The techniques I teach are watercoloring & digital (Photoshop) coloring. This can be combined with other courses, like "Coloring your drawing". I demonstrate my original color illustrations so that you see what they are really like.

Digital work

Some tips with Manga Studio. I'm not an expert with this field, but there still might be something I can teach. If a student is a beginner for example I have plenty to teach. It also could be combined with other classes. This also covers finishing techniques (tone work, for instance) for drawing works, or for drawing a character with Manga Studio from scratch, for instance.

◇Practice Basic◇

Using tools (1class~)

After a brief lecture on techniques, a student may try some manga production tools, such as various types of pen-nibs, inks, and screen tones. There may not be enough time to draw, in which case, we offer you some line art for beta (painting the black parts) and tone-work

Drawing a character(1class~)

After a brief lecture with an example and Q&A. The student draws a character based on an example.

Drawing expressions (1class~)

Giving characters lively face expressions. After a brief lecture with an example and Q&A, the student draws character's faces with various expressions based on the example.

Drawing a scene 1 day(2 classes)

After a brief lecture with an example and Q&A, the student draws characters with a background based on the example. Also: Drawing a background with perspective.

Drawing Chibi-characters/cute mascots

Covers some tips for drawing Chibi-characters & cute mascots that can be seen in many Japanese manga/anime. Explanations are given regarding the differences between normal characters and Chibi characters. Observing an artist converting one character into Chibi, and how this is done. Then practice drawing. Drawing of Chibi/mascot characters, is produced

◇Practice Expansion◇

Designing your own character
(one day/for everyone)

According to a setting as instructed, the student creates a character and draws one scene. After some lecture about how to design characters, the student will draw by him/herself using their own imagination. There is no example supplied. I suggest approaches and help during the entire student’s work, who are in turn free to ask questions at any time.

Designing other character

According to a setting as instructer, chose one person from the setting.Such as the people around the character drawn in the previous lesson and give him/her a face.
For example, this can be one of the character's family members, or friends.

Creating your own characters

(2 day/ intermediate For the person who had drawn a story manga or who want to )
After a brief lecture, the student makes an original charter and gives him/her a background setting. Giving the character 3-dimensional depth, and if it is possible; draw other characters, such as a friend, and draw one scene showing the character's profile.

Drawing 4koma manga
(4panels comic-strip)/one day(2classes)

I explain how I find the topics for 4koma manga, especially for my blog. I explain how one constructs the topic on 4-panels. If one looks for a topic in everyday life, this is not difficult at all. The subjects are everywhere. Drawing of a 4koma manga is produced.

Drawing 4-8pages short one-shot manga
(3 days)

Because it is difficult to draw short story manga, I suggest to students to draw a manga based on one’s own experience, or a "cutout" from one’s everyday life. This is very much like an expanded 4koma manga as mentioned above. The student learns how the frame work should be arranged, and how artists lead reader’s eye by it, etc. The students consult their ideas & storyboards with me, and I'll give them some advice about the construction, or blue print.
(If a student has a certain idea & story, one can use it of course)

◇Having fun◇
Manga School Nakano is located at Nakano Manga Art Court. The location contains the”Nakano Manga Seisakusyo(Manufacturing)” which is run by a Dojinshi publisher (Taiyo Syuppan 大陽出版 )

They have an on-demand printer here. At the end of the course, the students can gather their works and make a book (Dojinshi) out of it, if they like. Students can return home with some copies, which can be a very good souvenirs. For short course students, or people who don't have enough drawings; postcards/bookmarks with your drawings on can be offered. Or there is a can-badge maker as well (for an extra fee)

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