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January 13, 2012

ANIME CEL ART 101: Clean Copy

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Materials to prepare:

Tracing paper

Pen or pencil


Place the tracing paper on top of your rough draft and trace away with either a pen or pencil! It’s important that you use tracing paper because your drawing will be flipped over, later on in the creation process. Why do such a thing? Stay tuned for more!

Back log of past tutorials: Brief Intro / Series Launch / Tools 1 / Tools 2 / Rough Draft

January 12, 2012

Special Discount & New Puzzles @ Akadot!

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New, intriguing puzzles available @ Akadot. They’re fun to make and the artwork is beautiful. Frame it and hang it on your wall to spice up your interior decor!

“Black Sun” Vol.2 now available!!

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We are happy to present you with “Black Sun” Vol. 2! It’s an amazing sequel, to say the least, so grab yourself a copy while it’s still hot off the press!!

Buy it @ Akadot Retail!

January 6, 2012

Sukoshi Con: This Weekend!

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Hello Everyone. Just wanted to remind y’all that Sukoshi Con will be held this weekend (Jan. 7-8) in Destin, FL. Many of our books will be featured at the Manga library and we’re providing the prizes for the Yaoi Trivia Contest. Visit their Facebook page for more info.
If you happen to be in the area, stop by and have fun!!

January 5, 2012

ANIME CEL ART 101: Rough Draft

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Hey y’all. With the year of the Dragon upon us, it’s time to continue the Anime Cel Art tutorial series! If you missed any of the previous posts, check them out!!

Brief Intro / Series Launch / Tools 1 / Tools 2

Materials to prepare:

Drawing paper

※ Graphite pencil (ranges from the hardest 9H to the softest 9B, so use the one that suits you best)


※ To be quite frank, there’s not much to it. Just draw whatever it is that strikes your fancy and be creative! The canvas is only limited by your imagination!

The next tutorial will focus on the “Clean Copy” production phase and this is where the tracing paper comes in handy. Why? Well, find out on the next post.

December 29, 2011


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FREE streaming of Vampire Hunter D Vol. 1-5 at eManga available only until Jan. 8, 2012 so DON’T MISS IT!!

December 27, 2011

ANIME CEL ART 101: Tools that make it happen, Part 2

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※ Apron: protect your pimp gear. Stains from cel paint linger forever!
※ Latex Gloves: prevents naturally occurring oils and fingerprints from ruining cels.
※ Dropper: cel paint tends to lose its moisture rather quickly through evaporation so a dropper is essential for reintroducing water into the mixture in small doses.
※ Tracing Paper: used when creating a clean copy from the original rough draft.
※ Other Equipment: 2 pens with varying colors, rag, tissue, & water container
This concludes the section focusing on the materials used when creating anime cels. Starting from the next tutorial, we will begin our quest of conquering the elaborate production phase!


December 19, 2011

ANIME CEL ART 101: Tools that make it happen, Part 1

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Acetate Sheet: cels were originally made out of celluloid, hence the name, but later replaced by the more durable acetate film. They’re offered in a multitude of sizes.

Special Cel Paint: 2 types exist in Japan, which are the Toei Animation ver. & the Animex ver.

Special dip or tracing pen: a.k.a the G-pen (I’m serious, that’s what it’s called!) in Japan, they are perfect for tracing since they don’t scratch up the acetate surface.

Watercolor Paint Brush: a brush with a firmer tip is favorable (That’s what she said… LOL!).

Glass Muddler: preferably a sleeker model (almost like a drink stirrer) since it’ll be used to mix the cel paint.

“Hooray!! \(^o ^)/” to the kick-off of the new anime cel art miniseries. The next tutorial will continue to introduce you more tools of the trade.

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