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Ben Krefta
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United Kingdom
Current Residence: Kent, UK
Favourite genre of music: Chill out, Trance, Classical Soundtracks
Favourite style of art: Anime CG
Operating System: Windows 8
Favourite Manga: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Gantz, Guyver
Favourite Anime: My Neighbour Totoro, Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D: Blood Lust
Favourite Game: Metal Gear Solid
Personal Quote: "Iron helps us play!"
For artists interested in learning digital colouring and character creation with Photoshop, check out my latest book- 'Digital Manga'.


I’ve wanted to create a book on how I colour my character art for years. Last year I pitched the idea to my publisher and began work on the project. It was published in 2014. With around 40,000 words of written content and 400 images and screen captures, the 160 page guide contains over double the content of my previous 144 page 'Art of Drawing Manga' title and IMO is a far superior book all-round.

There are so many aspiring anime, comic fans and artists who want to learn how to get great digital results and tackle Photoshop's steep learning curve but don't know where to begin. The book's aim is to deliver all the tutorials they need in one package. Or at least teach everything I've learned over the last 15 years of using the software.

I want to say give a big thanks to the following talented Deviant artists for sharing their advice within the Tips chapter of the book. Check out their work- it's awesome!:

:iconedwinhuang: :iconinma: :iconshinryushou: :icondanimation2001: :iconnataliadsw: :iconkimmymanga: :iconogawaburukku: :iconeinlee: :iconyuureikun: :iconpoeyon: :icondomdozz: :iconkuridoki: :iconvolvom:

If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy and has a Paypal account, contact me direct and I'll make sure it's signed, sealed and delivered ASAP ^_^
UK: £7.00+ £3.20 postage
Europe: £7.00+ £8.05 shipping
Rest of the World: £7.00 + £12.85 shipping / £8.00 Economy shipping (takes approx 4 weeks)
If you need me to translate prices into your currency, let me know.

Art Related:

I've got a few potential projects in the pipe line:

* Half the art I'm doing right now are tattoos on skin. Slowly building a local client base and looking to get a web presence and portfolio online for some of my tattoo work over the coming months.

* Possible new How-To-manga drawing book. Publishers have expressed interest and currently waiting to see if the project gets the go-ahead.

* Looking into the convention scene and thinking about attending a few in 2015. If so, I'll think about getting some prints or something to sell?

* My homepage Organic Metal is still online after nearly 15 years! I think it's about time I created a smaller, up-to-date portfolio for my artwork.

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Hi. I don't suppose anyone knows of any art chat rooms or ways to talk while drawing or creating art?

Drawing all day long can be pretty lonely at times, so hoping to connect with others who do art, or who want to help each other improve :)
Hi. I'm looking for an experienced web developer who can assist with some small functionality problems I have with my Wordpress web site.

The site has been created with GT3's premium Responsive Eclipse Theme which I had purchased recently. This theme includes various built-in 'page builder' modules and plug-ins to create and load the page layouts. 99% of the site has been designed and implemented, but you will need to alter some of the PHP, Template and Theme files to help complete the final 1%.

The site can be found here:


1. The Blog Page:

All posts need to be displayed on a single page (In Full) with infinite scrolling (more posts load after scrolling to bottom of screen).

Results from searches, Tags, Categories and Author posts will list ALL relevant entries with infinite scrolling. At the moment- there is a limit to how many results are displayed. Results should show the Right Sidebar also. At the moment they do not.


2. Gallery Slider:…


Need an option to add content to the bottom right corner of the screen, Like on this page: (without the + icon and thumbnail gallery). This content will remain visible to responsive, mobile versions of the site.

In other words- copying a part of the functionality from the slider page and applying it to the kenburns page with alteration.




* You will be editing the test site: The site can be found here:

* I will then copy these edits to my main website, so please let me know which files have been edited to allow for this.

* You will be given access to the test site and FTP access to the theme file directory.

* I have tried to be detailed. Let me know if you need more info and I'll be happy to help.

Colour Portfolio 352 by Bomu
Colour Portfolio 352
The bulk of coloured art I've completed during the last 15 years or so in tiny thumbnail form.  Thought it was pretty interesting to see it all laid out on the screen at once.

Some thumbnail sketches here:


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KobayashiRiku Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I have both your How to Draw Manga, from some years ago and Digital Manga, which I picked up recently, both books have been a boon to my artwork, and I just wanted to thank you personally. Thank you Mr. Krefta, and I hope to see much more from you in the future.
Bomu Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's awesome. Glad they helped you. Thanks ^_^
magodeozense Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
Hi, in this link you can put your character in a kind of contest called Skratchjams presents Rival Schools - the New Class. You just have to read the rules about the contest and probably your character will be in the JAM. Good luck. Regards from Spain.
RitaHearts123 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist

I have a book on 'How to draw manga'  by you. It was gifted by a friend of mine.  I must say, this book is wonderful! its gives me the cons and the pros of certain styles like watercolor which I have no logic on since I was a kid. It helped me alot with coloring, and alot of refs. 
Bomu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thats cool. Thanks for checking it out :)
Universal-Stardust Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015

Welcome to :iconthe-creative-adult:

L04D3D Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for watching
Kendulun-the-Kihoryu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! ^^
I bought your Art of Drawing Manga book a few years ago and I have to say, it's helped me a lot!
Your art is awesome! :D

(Also, nice profile pic! I take it you like the Puzzle bobble series?)
Bomu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks and I'm glad it helped. Yeah, I used to play Puzzle Bobble a lot :D
BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer

Over the holiday, I managed to pick up your book.  Even though I thought I knew Photoshop inside and out, I thought that I might learn some tricks from your book.  I'm looking forward to giving it a try and seeing what clicks.  :)
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