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Eh, I should throw this one out there while I'm at it. If you have page recommendations, post 'em here.

FONTS/LETTERING: If your lettering sucks, I suggest you go to BlamBot and pull a few free fonts. I don't see Enchilada there, but there's a few good ones for webstripping. Flat Earth Scribe I like myself.

DRAWING TECHNIQUE: I ran across How To Draw Manga a few days ago, which has not only some online tutorials, but also several books you can buy and use. Intresting, no?
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Hmm, As far as good anime style tutorials go, for learning the basics I like the style of <a href="http://www.bakaneko.com">Baka Neko</a>'s tutorials, they really helped me out when I was first learning. (if that link doesn't work out it's at http://www.bakaneko.com) and I mean, who wouldn't like a site called Stupid Cat.com ^^;; It also has some Oekaki boards for practicing what you learn there, and getting feedback.

Another thing that I'm currently attempting to digest is "Figure Drawing For All It's Worth" By Andrew Loomis, which is more of a college textbook style approach to figure drawing. It can be found online in it's entirety at <a href="http://www.yoyodyne.net/loomis/index.html"> http://www.yoyodyne.net/loomis/index.html </a> And from what I've read it's pretty complex, so you might want to take some time to concentrate on this one if you really want to get through it.

Well, I hope that was helpfull! ^~.0^ <nyo)

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I was just about to plug HowtoDrawManga, but it looks like Kelly beat me to it, Shazbot! And then my second choice would've been BakaNeko, but oops!

The online tutorials at DrawManga are by Julie Dillon, my favorite artist on the net. I suggest you go see her stuff at http://www.jdillon.net.

Also, check out polykarbon.com.
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more tutorial sites

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well, there are lots of tutorials at http://www.polykarbon.com

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Amir_ wrote:well, there are lots of tutorials at http://www.polykarbon.com
Exactly why I had plugged it. :roll:
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Not quite a tutorial . . .

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. . . but an interesting reference nonetheless. Check out <a href="http://www.machall.com/info/art.html">Mac Hall</a>'s commentary on their art. worth a look or 2 :)
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Post by ZOMBIE USER 11735 »

I just read through MacHall's comments. Its always nice to see someone write down what must be obvious to them but I totally missed.

I am going back to try some of the layer tips he had

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PNG tips for cartoonists
Whether you're worried about patent issues or not, PNG is better than GIF in most cases because you end up with smaller file sizes, faster page loads, and happier readers (system Admins too). Here's some pointers on how to use them properly.

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Notes on Pen and Ink Drawing of Buildings by AEE Jones RIBA.
Very traditional, wordy and English but if you're at all interested in inking it's worth a read, I repeat, it's traditional, wordy and English.

Painting clouds - Cloud tutorial - by Steven Stahlberg
You need some artistic ability and knowledge of Photoshop for this tutorial but I found it a great help and very effective.

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Some of us can't afford to pay for our fonts, especially when flailing about trying to figure out the best font to use. Not to knock Blambot but there are thousands of free fonts available online. Some of them have been put out by Blambot (assuming these free sites are legitimate).
http://www.1001freefonts.com/
http://www.1001fonts.com/ (found Digital Strip among others here)

Also, Falos pointed this one out:
http://www.fontifier.com/

This site has some great tutorials for manga style art but they apply to almost anything.
http://www.artcorner.org/tutorials/lessons/

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Yeah I give a double goodie on JDillion. learned bunch o' stuff from her. I thought I would get to tag it up but I guess I'm not the only one who likes it so.... darn.

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Post by Phact0rri »

Nate (blambot) actually puts out a free font once a month, he's really good about that, and its professional quality. had to chalk up for blambot cause its got one of the best darn communities around. check out the forums also lots of talented artists amature and professionals.

I also recommend checking out Macromedia's fontographer if you want to try your hand at making your own fonts, I'm working on that right now, myself as I'd feel better knowing my comic is solely mine. not sure others feel the same way or not.

thanks for all the anime/manga tutorials btw, my art though doesn't look it has many influences and manga's big on the list. and any tutorial I'm sure will help us all if just seeing another way to get results.

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http://www.nethersphere.com/tips.html - some good tips on colouring
http://omu.kuiki.net/class.shtml - Online Manga School - Art Classes. Most of the things here are really basic, but it can be good reference.
http://www.tyrotinge.com/flurgy/tutorial/ - Some impressive stuff for the more advanced artist. Some good computer colouring ideas here.
http://www.tower.erilaz.com/tower/tutorial.htm - CGing. It's for Photoshop however...
http://sai-manga-tuts.deviantart.com/ - Totally cool tutorials by MangaPunkSai! She's good! I especially like the 'How To Draw: Funny Facial Expressions' and 'How To Draw Bishonen' tuts. Her mermaid and faerie tutorials are amazing as well.
http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/farp/?1289 Lots and lots of tutorials about lots and lots of different things.

Well, that's about it... I hope it helps! (yes I know it's a lot of manga :P )
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Atlas of Human Anatomy - An 150 year old medical book on human anatomy with exceptional lithographs.

Might be useful if you ever wondered where your veins and arterys should be ^_^

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Post by Mercury Hat »

From Phalanx (I figured I'd post it here since it's a really good resource and seems to come up a lot.):
"You can download the full PDF of Andrew Loomis' Figure Drawing for All It's Worth here:

http://www.gfxartist.com/features/tutorials/7639 "
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Better yet:

http://www.gfxartist.com/features/tutorials/

There's a plenty of fine tutorials on that page.

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Post by [AOD] »

That's all very well and good, but what if we don't want to draw like manga? Is there a tutorial (or at least tips) on how to carve out your own style of drawing?

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Well, I assume you'd carve out your own style of drawing by drawing a lot and experimenting.

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Post by EMH »

Mercury_Hat wrote:From Phalanx (I figured I'd post it here since it's a really good resource and seems to come up a lot.):
"You can download the full PDF of Andrew Loomis' Figure Drawing for All It's Worth here:

http://www.gfxartist.com/features/tutorials/7639 "
this one's not manga.

You can also look here for pages from the same book, and lots of photographic anatomy refference material... (be warned though- for untrained eye it might look like porn ;))
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Post by Grayswandir »

HTML Tutorials:http://www.w3schools.com

It has some great examples, shows you how to use each one, allows you to mess with the HTML coding examples on their website and goes indepth into all the currently used HTML codes and things. I use it as a reference when I forget what something means or how to do something.
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