Process: The Smiling Lady

Tools used:

  • Manga Studio 5EX
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Yiynova MSP19u tablet monitor

I work digitally 99% of the time. My tools of choice are Manga Studio and Photoshop. After collecting and studying references, I start off with a rough sketch using a light color with a custom brush I developed for use in Manga Studio. My digital drawings are created using a Yiynova MSP19u tablet monitor, which I’ve had for nearly two years.


Digital inking is performed on the layer above the pencils, after reducing the opacity of the pencil layer to 20%.


Colors and final tweaks are performed using Adobe Photoshop. The halftone effect is accomplished in Photoshop via Filter > Pixelate > Color Halftone and setting the radius of the Color Halftone dialog box to 12 px, with all channel values set to 45. The channel values correspond to Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. Restricting the channel values to the same number ensures that the color of the halftone dots is monochromatic.


And here’s the final version, where I’m aiming for a pop art look. The roughend edges behind the figure were created by using the negative shape of a paint roller texture.