Drawing & Painting Manga

Manga Watercolor; the ultimate guide to all things Manga and everything Watercolor.

Manga Watercolor Book Lisa Santrau

Author Lisa Santrau brings this comprehensive guide to life with bright and colorful designs that when finished will blow you away.

Lisa explains the materials and tools needed and then explores the fundamentals of how to draw manga – from color theory and breaking down drawings into basic shapes, to body proportions and faces for both classic manga and chibi manga figures.

You will learn how to sketch, how to create depth in your work with shading, and a range of watercolor techniques including washes, wet-on-wet and layering, as well as special techniques involving masking fluid and an innovative ‘film’ technique for creating texture and patterns.




There are 12 step-by-step painting projects to perfect your manga art skills, with downloadable templates if you want to skip the drawing and get straight to the painting. The projects are varied and fun, and comprise:

  • Sweet chibi girl on a slice of cake, using the dry technique
  • Fresh steampunk chibis against a bright background, using the wet-on-wet technique
  • Chibi sorcerer’s apprentice in a flying teacup, with a galaxy background
  • Chibi Harry, aka a world-famous wizard, teaching you character design
  • Young girl framed by a romantic floral design, using a monochrome palette
  • Sailor boy in a symbolic sun circle, created with masking fluid
  • Girl in a kimono backlit by a window with flowers, using the white of the paper
  • Historical heroine in a voluminous ballgown, using the film technique
  • Melancholic schoolgirl against a fluorescent background, again with the film technique
  • Silhouette in the evening sunset, using the wet-on-wet technique
  • Food overload boy in the land of plenty, featuring surface textures0
  • Girl’s face with expressive eyes, exploring cool versus warm colors

    You can get your copy today from all good bookstores, Bookshop Org, Amazon or Book Depository.

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