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Manga: Drawing meshes

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Creating meshes in manga…? What's that about? This is a more or less elaborate technique that allows you to add texture and density to your settings.

What you need to know

A mesh is a set of superimposed rectangles inside of which you draw a grid.

Too many superimpositions create areas that are too dark. Conversely, you shouldn't leave white areas. Here's the solution for getting the right results: Practice!




1. Two, three or four line mesh


Start off with the help of a ruler. Over time you'll be able to draw the lines freehand.


Step 1: overlay your rectangles

  • Draw your first rectangle with a pencil blue.
  • Starting from that rectangle, add others, overlaying in all directions until you've filled in the whole area.


Note! Make sure all the rectangles have the same dimensions.


Step 2: add the mesh to each rectangle

The key to success: keep the same space between lines for a consistent rendering.

  •  Two line mesh: draw vertical very perpendicular horizontal lines.
  •  Three line mesh: vertical lines + horizontal lines + diagonal lines.
  •  Four line mesh: vertical lines + horizontal lines + diagonal lines. + reverse diagonal lines.

2. Shaded mesh 


There are two solutions for creating shaded meshes:

  •  using several kinds of mesh, from darkest, with 4 lines, to lightest, with 2 lines;
  •  varying the density of the rectangles and lines in the rectangles: the more rectangles and lines there are, the darker the rendering. And conversely!

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See also

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