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Manga Illustration with Procreate

A course by Liya
Artist. Hamburg, Germany.
Joined November 2021
, Artist

Learn to illustrate atmospheric scenes inspired by manga, from composition and character design to line art and shading

  • Best seller German with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (58)
  • 4016 students

Learn to illustrate atmospheric scenes inspired by manga, from composition and character design to line art and shading

German with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (58)
  • 4016 students
  • 19 lessons (2h 35m)
  • 28 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

How can you create an atmosphere that captivates your audience? This is the specialty of Liya Weng, better known as Mochipanko, whose artwork draws viewers into her illustrated world through their rich details. Her characters and compositions are inspired by Japanese art and culture, particularly manga and anime, and have caught the attention of major gaming companies like Steam and Bandai Namco, with whom she collaborates as a freelance artist.

In this online course, she teaches you how to create manga-inspired illustrations from scratch. Learn to develop a composition, create color palettes, and design your own characters in Procreate and Photoshop, shaping every aspect from the background down to the elaborate details. By the end, you'll know how to convey any idea or emotion through compelling illustrations and vibrant compositions.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. The First Steps
  • U4
    U4. The Elaboration and the Finishing Touches
  • U5
    U5. How to Present Your Work
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know Liya Weng, better known as Mochipanko, as she tells you about her creative journey as an illustrator, merchandise designer, and tattoo artist, along with the artists and influences that inspire her work.

Continue with a brief introduction to the history of manga and study a few of your teacher's illustrations, focusing on her techniques for composition, color, and character design. Discover where she finds ideas for her projects before compiling your own in a mood board and turning them into sketches.

Liya then shows you how to set up your digital canvas and which brushes she uses for line art and color. Referring back to your mood board, create a rough composition to establish the color scheme and mood for your piece.

Now it's time to get to work! Once you've designed your character, Liya guides you through each step of the illustration process, from line art, coloring, and shading to the finer details and a background to bring it all together.

Move on to Photoshop to put the finishing touches on your piece, adding textures and effects as well as enhancing the color.

Round out the course with some tips on how to boost your social media presence and sell your work at events or through your e-commerce.

What is this course's project?

Create a digital illustration with the following features: an expressively colorful atmosphere, a character as the main focus, and background elements that enhance the composition and underlying story (e.g. plants, animals, or objects).

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to fully understand the illustration process, including how to create atmosphere, design characters, and develop a composition.

Requirements and materials

A working knowledge of Procreate or similar drawing programs and experience in digital drawing are essential for this course.

Your teacher uses Procreate on an iPad Pro for the final project and retouches it in Photoshop, but you can use any editing program you like.


4016 Students
58 Reviews
100% Positive ratings


A course by Liya

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Liya Weng, better known as Mochipanko, is a Hamburg-based artist. Although she studied interior design, her passion for creative drawing quickly rerouted her onto a career path as a freelance illustrator, designer, and tattoo artist. Her style is heavily influenced by Japanese culture and art, especially manga and anime, which she's loved since she was a child.

As a result of these influences, her art often transmits a sense of calm, warmth, and nostalgia. Her personal projects include illustrations, comics, merchandise, and tattoos, which she sells through her online shop as well as at manga and anime fairs or events. The bulk of her clients belong to the gaming industry and her illustrations have seen wide-spread use, from the cover of a soundtrack for a Bandai Namco game to background images for Steam profiles.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • My Influences
  • U2


    • What Is Manga Actually?
    • My Illustrations and What Is behind Them: Composition and Color Palette
    • Perspective, Character Design, and Storytelling
    • Where Do I Get My Ideas From?
    • Sketch Sheet 1
    • Sketch Sheet 2
  • U3

    The First Steps

    • Laying Out the Canvas
    • Working with Brushes
    • Composition Sketch and Rough Colouring
  • U4

    The Elaboration and the Finishing Touches

    • The Character
    • Geese and Additional Elements
    • The Ground
    • The Background
    • Final Touches in Photoshop
  • U5

    How to Present Your Work

    • Social Media Presence
    • Portfolio
    • Tips for Online Shops and Conventions
  • FP

    Final project

    • Manga Illustration with Procreate

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Manga Illustration with Procreate. Illustration course by Liya Best seller

Manga Illustration with Procreate

A course by Liya
Artist. Hamburg, Germany.
Joined November 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (58)
  • 4016 students