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Becoming a Manga Artist: From Storyline to Creating Your Manga

Manga Artist, Linnea Kataja

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Manga Artist, Linnea Kataja

Coloso Ovotheartist Bringing Expressive Character Designs to Life

Are you an aspiring manga artist
with a brilliant story idea?

This beginner-friendly class will
show you how to take an idea and use it
to start drawing captivating manga pages.

Master the A-Zs of written & visual storytelling
with Manga Artist Linnea Kataja, listed as
one of the "Modern Masters of Manga".

You'll learn the entire workflow from
story ideation, character design,
creating a storyboard, drawing your manga,
and marketing the finished product.

Don't let your ideas stay in your drafts
and take this practical manga class today!


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Length: 16 videos
Difficulty: Basic
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Video Details

Audio: English

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Software Required

Clip Studio Paint EX

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Brush & Material Codes
Character Design jpg
Full HQ Manga Page jpg
Full Manga Page clip
Page Timelapse Video

Expert Manga Artist
Linnea Kataja's Profile & Portfolio

Who Should
Take this Class?

This class is perfect for students
who want to master not only drawing skills
but also written & visual storytelling techniques
used to create captivating manga pages.

Get to know Manga Artist Linnea Kataja's
insider techniques for creating
compelling characters & fascinating storylines.

You'll determine your audience
and create a dynamic character
that satisfies their wants by filling out
a character bio and writing
a background story for them.

Learn how to keep your audience
on their toes by creating a script
filled with twists and cliffhangers
for an interesting story that flows.

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9 Class Exercises


Linnea Kataja
Manga Artist

Hi, I'm Linnea Kataja,
a.k.a KeikoKup on social media!
I am a freelance manga artist based in Tokyo.

After graduating with a BFA in Cartooning
from the School of Visual Arts in NYC,
I've pursued a career as a freelance artist
and social media influencer with over
60K followers on Instagram and 80K on TikTok.

Currently, I work in illustration, merchandise,
indie video games, comics, and more!
I've sold my self-published manga in both America & Japan.
My comic "Idol Royale" sold out after being showcased at
Japan's largest comics event, Comic Market.

In this class, I'll share skills & techniques
I've gathered over the years on how to transform
ideas into an entire manga project.

You'll learn everything from writing an
interesting story to drawing
professional looking manga pages.

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Coloso Ovotheartist
Manga Artist,
Linnea Kataja

Freelance Manga Artist

Projects & Awards

Self Produced Comic "A Maid Story"
Honors in Shueisha's Ribon Magazine (January 2019 Comic Grand Prix)

"Idol Royale"
Honorable Mention in MangaCat Manga Olympics Competition

Listed in Imagine FX Magazine as one of the "Modern Masters of Manga"


Class Highlights

Planning Your Manga

You'll learn how to brainstorm the storyline for a manga, create eye-catching characters, and write a structured storyline. You'll use the storyline to create a storyboard that establishes the foundation for a finished manga.

Coloso Linnea Kataja Introduction

Using Tools in Clip Studio Paint

You'll learn to navigate tools in Clip Studio Paint to create a digital manga. Creating a digital manga can be challenging to those who have never used those tools before. This course will break down tools in a manageable and easy way.

Coloso Linnea Kataja Introduction

Drawing Your Manga

Learn how to sketch, line, and tone using Clip Studio Paint in order to create a professional-looking manga. Knowing which tools to use and which steps to take can be very challenging. This course will be broken down in easy steps to guide your understanding.

Coloso Linnea Kataja Introduction

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01. Orientation

  1. Introducing your instructor
  2. What you will learn
  3. Helpful websites and software
SECTION 02. Planning Your Manga

02. Story Ideation

  1. Determining the genre of the story (shonen/shoujo/josei/seinen)
  2. Brainstorming
  3. Choosing a story from your ideas

03. Drawing Characters

  1. Classifying characters into archetypes based on genre
  2. Collecting references
  3. Drawing out the character design

04. Adding Stories to Characters

  1. Filling out the character bio template
  2. What are the character's motivations?
  3. What is the character's background story?

05. Story Outline

  1. Who is the target audience? What does this audience like?
  2. Creating a one sentence pitch
  3. Creating a page explaining what happens in the story

06. Page-By-Page Story Breakdown

  1. Explaining the story structure (beginning, middle, twist, ending)
  2. Using the story outline to break down the story flow
  3. Detailing the page breakdown and choosing the focus of each page

07. Creating a Storyboard & Script

  1. Sketch Ideation - Establishing shots vs. Character shots
  2. Choosing the focus of your page
  3. Creating cliffhangers and an interesting story flow
  4. Filling in the script
SECTION 03. Creating a Manga Layout

08. Page Formatting and Bleeding

  1. Basic page formatting
  2. Turning on timelapse!
  3. How to use page bleed

09. Paneling, Balloons and Text

  1. Moving storyboards to the main project
  2. Panelling
  3. 3 Balloons and Text
SECTION 04. Drawing Your Manga

10. Using 3D Models and References

  1. Using the Clip Studio assets
  2. How to use 3D models
  3. Using your own photos as reference

11. Rough Sketches and Backgrounds

  1. Sketching character anatomy
  2. Using perspective to figure out the background placement
  3. Using 3D models and photos to line tools for backgrounds

12. Final Sketch

  1. Drawing character details
  2. Drawing background details, special effects, and other details

13. Lineart

  1. Which tools to use
  2. Using linewidth properly
  3. Black-fills: Where and how to use them

14. Toning

  1. What are screentones?
  2. Various methods to add screentones in Clip Studio
  3. Where & how should I tone?

15. Finishing Touches and Exporting

  1. Special effects/whites
  2. Exporting the manga page for web
  3. Exporting the manga page for print
SECTION 05. Marketing Your Finished Manga

16. Marketing Your Manga

  1. Social media marketing
  2. Tabling at comic fairs and events
  3. Submitting to publishers

**The release date of this class, curriculum images, and associated content can be changed without prior notice.

Interview with
Expert Manga Artist
Linnea Kataja

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Is there a specific reason why you chose this specific topic/themes?

Creating an entire manga can be overwhelming for beginners. I wanted to break down the whole process into little steps, so it becomes easier to follow. Manga has become really popular over the past few years all around the world, and there are many people who are interested in creating manga but don't know where to start. With social media, comic fairs, and conventions around the world, it has become possible for anyone to become a manga artist. My class will guide you through the challenging journey of becoming a manga artist.

What makes your class different from other classes?

Many illustration classes focus only on drawing manga, but this class covers the entire process from writing the storyline and illustrating the manga. Manga is a unique form of art because it uses both written and visual storytelling to appeal to readers emotionally. Both forms of storytelling are equally important in creating a captivating manga. I'll go into full detail on how to create and illustrate the storyline for a manga.

What would be the most important takeaway from your class?

It would be to tackle any project and create a manga with confidence, knowing all the steps to create a manga from beginning to end. Many people have interesting story ideas, but have no idea how to take the idea and create a finished project that others can see. This course will give you all the tools to take that idea and create a finished product.

Required Programs

This course will use Clip Studio Paint EX.
Please purchase and install these program(s) for an optimized lecture experience.

*These programs and/or materials will not be provided with the lecture.

Clip Studio Paint

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