Colored Marker Techniques for Manga

A course by Tania Oksentiuk
Illustrator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined August 2019
, Illustrator

Learn how to bring your Japanese-style illustrations to life with markers

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (118)
  • 3474 students
Colored Marker Techniques for Manga

Learn how to bring your Japanese-style illustrations to life with markers

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (118)
  • 3474 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (3h 8m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Coloring your manga characters with markers requires focusing on blending tones and finishes and employing specific techniques like gradients, lights, and shadows. Artist Tania Oksentiuk, known as Taniidraw, is an expert in creating Japanese-style illustrations, taking inspiration from anime and other traditional Japanese genres that she references in her work.

In this course, learn how to color characters with markers in the Japanese style of manga. Tania teaches you how to work with strokes of the brush and the pen to achieve harmony and special effects in your drawing. Discover how to color the different elements of your character, including skin, hair, eyes, clothing, and small details, and prepare your final illustration to share on social media.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Introduction to painting with markers
  • U3
    U3. Step by step coloring
  • U4
    U4. Final illustration process
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Get to know Tania and see her first steps as an illustrator in the world of Japanese drawing. She shares her artistic influences and favorite mangakas (manga illustrators) before going through the layout of the course.

In the second unit, get introduced to the technique of marker painting. Tania gives advice on the uses and types of two tools: paper and markers. Then, explore some basic elements of color theory and learn how to create more harmonic palettes.

Before you start coloring, learn the origins of manga and anime. Understand the main aesthetic characteristics of each, including their distinct forms of expression.

Next, Tania teaches you some different coloring techniques used for manga. Dive into lights and shadows, skin tones, and hair and eye colors before illustrating the clothes and small details of each character.

In the last unit, it’s time to edit the final version of your composition. Learn how to photograph and edit your material using a free application. Then prepare your final illustration and get it ready to share on social media.

What is this course's project?

Color an illustration from scratch with Japanese manga and anime techniques. Using only colored markers, you can create an illustration for a future manga cover, start an artbook, or share it on social media.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For anyone interested in exploring the style and techniques of manga and would like to learn how to use colored markers for their illustrations.

What you need

No prior knowledge is needed. You can practice your drawing skills with different resources that are made available by the instructor.

Regarding materials, you need some sheets of paper, a pencil, an eraser, some pens, and colored markers.


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Tania Oksentiuk

A course by Tania Oksentiuk


Tania Oksentiuk, better known as Taniidraw, is an illustrator from Argentina. Her traditional and digital illustration is focused on Japanese-style drawing, particularly manga and anime.

She participates in Comic Con, Animefriends, and other events related to geek culture throughout Japan. Tania has created commissioned drawings for international clients, designed packaging for Asian restaurants, and has been honored to draw for the Japanese ambassador to Argentina. She is working on publishing her artbook and continues to share her illustrations through social media.


  • U1


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

    Introduction to painting with markers

    • Materials
    • Ways of Coloring
    • Color theory, color wheel and harmonies
  • U3

    Step by step coloring

    • Manga and anime history
    • Sketch and outline
    • Lights and shadows
    • Skin coloring 1
    • Skin coloring 2
    • Hair coloring 1
    • Hair coloring 2
    • Eye coloring
    • Clothing and details 1
    • Clothing and details 2
  • U4

    Final illustration process

    • We photograph the illustration
    • Final edit
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Colored Marker Techniques for Manga

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Colored Marker Techniques for Manga. A Illustration course by Tania Oksentiuk

Colored Marker Techniques for Manga

A course by Tania Oksentiuk
Illustrator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined August 2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (118)
  • 3474 students