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Digital Illustration with Manga Influence

A course by Akimaro
Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Chihuahua, Mexico.
Joined November 2018
, Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Learn how to create atmospheric scenes and emotional characters with Photoshop

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (211)
  • 8528 students
Digital Illustration with Manga Influence

Learn how to create atmospheric scenes and emotional characters with Photoshop

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (211)
  • 8528 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 14 Lessons (1h 50m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Every culture has a unique way of telling stories. In Japan, they use manga to create stories that are full of symbolism and emotion. Illustrator and graphic designer Adriana De la Torre, also known as Akimaro, has always been fascinated by how manga characters can express so much with their bodies or a look.

In this course, Akimaro introduces you to the world of manga and teaches you how to illustrate using this style. Discover the narrative and visual elements to draw complex concepts in a simple way. Finally, learn how to create atmospheric scenes and characters that are capable of communicating real emotions.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Introduction to Japanese graphics, composition and planning
  • U3
    U3. Let's do it
  • U4
    U4. The final touch
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to know Akimaro—where she comes from, her beginnings as a graphic designer, and how she combined her career with her passion for illustration. Get to know the artists who inspire her and some of her favorite projects.

Discover what makes the manga style so special and how it has evolved. Akimaro gives some tips on shaping your voice and defining your final project. By the end of this unit, you’re ready to start drawing.

Discover the thumbnailing process for exploring different graphic proposals and learn the importance of a mood board. Then, outline and apply the base colors to your digital illustrations. Finally, experiment with lighting to achieve the right atmosphere.

Akimaro shows you some final techniques for making your illustration stand out from the crowd, including unique textures and special effects. Finally, export your project for different formats and share it with the world.

What is this course's project?

Create an emotion-based illustration as part of a three-image narrative sequence, ready to use in your portfolio or posting on social media.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in the world of manga as a digital medium and who wants to conceptualize better narrative illustrations.

What you need

To take this course, some basic notions of Adobe Photoshop and a fondness for drawing are recommended.

As for the materials, you will need some illustration basics like paper and a pencil, as well as a tablet with Photoshop or a similar digital drawing software.


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A course by Akimaro

Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Adriana De la Torre, also known as Akimaro, is a designer by profession and an illustrator by trade. Combining these two arts, she has devoted herself to helping clients find their voice and telling stories through images. Since she was 16, Adriana has been publishing comics independently and is the co-author of the webcomic Parellet, published since 2012 and with two volumes in print.

Recently, she has worked with publishers like Penguin Random House to create illustrations for a teenage demographic. She loves to experiment and combines her experience in graphic design with her interest in modern Japanese culture.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Introduction to Japanese graphics, composition and planning

    • Japanese aesthetics, its clichés and how to break them
    • Find your own dialogue!
    • Visual narrative
    • The ABCs of visual composition
    • The power of color
  • U3

    Let's do it

    • Exploring the terrain
    • Cleaning and outlining
    • Base colors
    • How to achieve the desired atmosphere?
  • U4

    The final touch

    • Textures and handcrafted elements to finish details
    • Ready to go out into the world!
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Digital Illustration with Manga Influence

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Digital Illustration with Manga Influence. A Illustration course by Akimaro Best Seller

Digital Illustration with Manga Influence

A course by Akimaro
Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Chihuahua, Mexico.
Joined November 2018
  • 100% Positive reviews (211)
  • 8528 students