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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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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:
Sketch Portfolio 336 by Bomu
Sketch Portfolio 336
The bulk of drawings and sketches I've completed during the last 15 years or so. I could add another 100 or so thumbnails to the list but can't be bothered!
Drawing Manga - Promo Image by Bomu
Drawing Manga - Promo Image
Little compilation of characters from the book 'Drawing Manga - Step by Step':…
It's a relatively short how to draw guide book I worked on years ago and had been re-released more recently.


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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.  :)
Bomu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cool. thanks for checking it out and hope it helps and there's something in there you didn't already know :)
BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart::heart::heart:My pleasure, darling!:heart::heart::heart::heart:

I haven't had much time to look it over and try out the stuff, but it's on the list.  I want to try and sit down one Sunday afternoon when nothing is happening and I can spend a few hours with it.  :)
EinnhardeR Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice art! watched you :star:
Bomu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Your works are great- loving the dark cat girl vibe :)
Sarasaland-Dragon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi there, I bought your Digital Manga book today, enjoying it so far and hopefully it will give me a push into how to use Photoshop properly. Your work is great! c: 
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