I took myself on a task to see if I can replicate the look of environments that Manga artists do.
But I discovered something even more interesting..
I still have absolutely zero idea how the hell all those Japanese manga artists draw those mind-blowing environments.. dozens of them.. HUNDREDS.. But I discovered that NO MATTER what environment you draw in Japan, in manga style, it will ALWAYS look AMAZING! Japan is just that beautiful of a country.
This shot was a completely 100% totally random pick in Google Maps.
After this I found several more amazing scenes that would look phenomenal if rendered in Manga style. All in a radius of 300 meters of this area.
Wacom Intuos 4
1. Drew (Traced) lineart
2. Drew (Traced) all the organic lines
3. Drew (Traced) all the cables
4. Began layering the shading using the half-tone pattern filter.
5. Fixing and final details
Some 2 weeks.. random days.. random times..
My entry for this years Assembly Summer 2013 happening.
7th place out of 19 entries or so.
Some reference pics
Basic 3d blocking in Blender
Inspired by Armored Core
The story is that Humanity has faced some unknown enemy. Black creatures that came from the darkness. Wiped out 90% of population - humans found shelter underground. They fixed the last armored mobile suits they found and trying to fight for the last hope.
EDIT: here is the making-of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRl-Bj2tWvI&feature=c4-overview&list=UUkUbtb_4fW7oqmIGewsl7EQ
My entry for the Fast Graphics (aka speedpainting) competition at Assembly Summer 2013
The theme was "More hardware is not the solution".
Painted in some 40 minutes.
Fujitsu T5010 tablet.