TUTO 1: TIPS OF THE MONTH - A webtoon from A to Z (March 2020)


To view the full project "create a webtoon with patterns and monochrome on video, it's here:


To consult the full webtoon in color VF it is here: (black and white VO at the bottom of the tutorial)


I discover the word WEBTOON live and to better understand the subject of the month, I offer you a complete subject which will propose the design of a webtoon with patterns and will also be offered in black and white.
This is my story, I hope to continue later in another volume following my adventures.
I think I'm going to start on the same principle as a comic ...
The idea is to put at least 9 thumbnails to explain an idea as in a classic comic strip.
For my story, I leave on 45 thumbnails (5 boards).

1st stage: the subject

I choose to tell you my personal story.

2nd step: How to sequence?

Ask yourself the right questions, a simple common name can be illustrated, a verb or a place, an emotion, a main character. Remember that in your story there are ups and downs, twists and turns. Building a story is based on emotions.

3rd step: The realization:

school - bus - school trip - sick child - falling child - hospital - blood test - scanner - MRI - diagnostic - blood - bed - blood test - transfusion - hair - more hair - chemotherapy - tears - boredom - visit - food refusal - handball players - gift - smile - clowns - illusion - hope - family - laughs - love - treatment - calendar - calendar 1 - escape - vomits - lobotomy - VR glasses - healing - departure from hospital - future - illusion - despair - house - school - permit.
I have my 45 words, so I can prepare thumbnails:

To create a thumbnail:

-CTRL+N: Clic icone Illustration.

Rename "vignette1"
Size: 10 x 10 cm. (I take the cm as a measurement).
(You must not exceed 20 cm long and 15 cm high maximum for a sticker. You also need a minimum of 5 x 5 cm per side otherwise your image will be of too low quality).

the sketch: (production advice)

I simply use a gray marker (like a draft) and I sketch my ideas vignette by vignette.

You can also use the "draft" option offered in Clip Studio icons in the layers interface.

Sometimes the use of rules is useful. In my example, I use the rulers that I draw from the markers then a curved ruler, right angle and I round the angles to around 50 degrees. This thumbnail will create the effect of movement.

Perspective can also help, here, I illustrate the fall, the straight rules allow me in this low angle an effect of infinity and height. Perspective also allows the eye to understand the decor. The eye will automatically be focused on the vanishing points and will give the whole of your sticker a more lively air.

In general, I use perspective on decorative objects.

Take care of the essential element of the sticker, here "the needle", it must be threatening and the subject (the patient) must compromise fear.

Just a zoom without decor on what we want to show can be enough to understand the story (here an x-ray).

Sometimes I illustrate a metaphor, here my idea is to show "eureka" then I illustrate a doctor who takes himself for a seer and who thus finds that I suffer from leukemia.

It is sometimes difficult to illustrate elements (especially if the subject is intended to be in black and white).
Here, I propose to illustrate blood, this red dervait, it's annoying so I insist on a key element of the manga: emotions. And yes if the face expresses fear, loneliness, evil or even pain, then the reader can understand that it is blood. Likewise for tears: if the eyes are narrowed the reader then understands that they are tears. Without words, the reader must be able to understand the story through images.

The points of view are also important in order to avoid repetition especially if it is always the same place (a hospital room), so once my subject is seen from the sky, from the ground, from the door or even from the window...

Think of the decorative elements (even if later they will not be secondary in the thumbnails, they make the scene more lively), for my example screens, monitors, infusion bags ...

Some thumbnails can express a feeling and not a shot so you have to focus on the subject not create a setting all around.

Sometimes, a symbol or an onomatopoeia ("YES" = joy) is necessary to make understand the drawing and the action in progress (the symbol of chemotherapy for my example).

Small parenthesis: I save each thumbnail in "clip" format to keep my layers then once everything is ready then I flatten in "jpeg" format.

You have to ask yourself the right questions: "how to illustrate loneliness?", "How to illustrate the love of a mother" ... I put myself in a situation, I close my eyes and I say to myself: "If I were in a hospital bed ... "then I bite ...

When we talk about cartoon and more precisely manga, we often have the notion of sexy that comes to mind, so I choose to bring this feminine side with the handball players and the nurse in my story.

The association "Clowns of Hope" comes to the bedside of sick children, of course those are men but nothing prevents them from illustrating their antics differently to make the images more attractive. In my example, my clown is a puppet.

Each thumbnail imposes a different dimension, in French format (portrait / verticality) or in Italian format (landscape / horizon). Square or even zoomed. I find that the asymmetry makes the plot more captivating.

The illustration allows escape, no wonder therefore to find wings on a man or stars full eyes ... Or even to see a subject sprinkled with blood or to see the hand of God grabs the hero .. .

A zoom may be necessary (in the form of a magnifying glass this is the most classic but a simple double point of view may be sufficient).

Do not hesitate to highlight elements that might seem harmless (virtual reality glasses) but that are important in history. In the manga, any subject can be approached, so the vomit is not disgusting, it's just an illustration ...

Sometimes certain subjects do not ask for details, what is important is just the image (my house).

I end with the only bubble in a circle in order to finish on a different key, to make a "wink", to emphasize the end of the episode or to understand at this moment the moral of the story ...

The carbon: (in blue)

After working "on draft each thumbnail, I open a new layer for each project.
I use the curved rulers to have a perfect line.
I go back to FEATHER G or felt.

I use the anchor points if necessary in order to correct the situation (see TIPS vectorization on my profile).

I deposit the patterns (see chapter "Using patterns", section: "create a pattern brush") in the places selected by the lasso.

Examples: the mountains seen through the window. The chevron pattern tapestry ...

Let’s dwell a bit on the rules ... You will find a rule called: "special rule", the latter allows the line direction so to make the rain for example it is very practical (see chapter "Use of patterns", section: "create a decor quickly").

The final line (in red):

Under the "Edit" tab, section "Change the line color to draw". Simply click on this function after choosing the color in the color chart.

For monochrome and black and white, see the chapter: "monochrome illustration".

4th step: Filling:

In order to colorize each sticker, I simply use the paint bucket.

I prefer to go through the color step then use the "expression color" option in the "Effect" section which allows me to pass the layer in shades of gray. So I had no trouble using the colors from white to black since I first see life in color.

Don't forget to flatten each image, to "save it as" (Ctrl + S) in jpeg format with a very distinct name for each thumbnail.

5th step: Affix the stickers:

Ctrl + N (new document), choose "illustration" icon (flower), then in the "preset" tab, choose: 690 x 20000 px (for comics). It is not a conventional method but it is very simple. A webtoon is just a big photo in jpeg format.

To do on each flattened thumbnail in jpeg:

Ctrl + A (select all) then Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (paste) on the strip of paper.
You will see that each copy is placed as a new layer and if you have renamed each image then each copy retains its title so with each modification, you know which layer you are working on.

You finally get a visual. Personally, I staggered the images, a blow to the right, a blow to the left. From time to time, I put an image in the center to give a little more life to this webtoon and to focus on a particular thumbnail. Think asymmetry.

6th stage: The bubbles:

To make this webtoon more meaningful, I'm going to add texts to it, so I need bubbles.
Clip Studio has a fast and very efficient interface:
"Bubbles" tabs.
You can choose with or without bubble arrow.
First you have to put your bubble (me it is square) then choose the arrow that we like "classic" or "thought".

You can also create a special bubble by staying on the same frame, the composition is done all by itself.

To focus on a set of bubbles relating to a single idea (for me the arrival of handball players and the effect it provides), I frame with a pattern (hearts in my example).

Step 7: The writings:

Click on the "A", which opens the writing section, you will have the choice of typography, font size and other interesting tools in this area, I let you explore ...

You will find that the default fonts can be used as well as all the fonts * (.ttf) that you put directly in your Windows root.


* Many databases are available on the internet to find a font that you like (example: Dafont).


Each writing bubble is "re" modifiable as desired because by default Clip Studio creates a new layer with each new writing.

8th step: shaping:

Finally, I frame with a red highlight all around my "strip of paper".
I put down a "UNE", the first cover that I drew beforehand and I perfected with the logo of my association in order to give meaning to this webtoon.

9th step: publication:

In this tutorial, I'm not here to sell you the merits of this or that site, I only suggest that you flatten your entire project currently in .clip format in .jpeg and then go publish it on a site dedicated to webtoons.

Thank you for paying attention to this tutorial for the association "Gamer's Heart".


Find chapter 2 on the reasons here:


Find chapter 3 on on monochrome here:


Webtoon Leuchemist goes in black and white VO here:



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