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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!"
Interests
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 www.organicmetal.co.uk is still online after nearly 15 years! I think it's about time I created a smaller, up-to-date portfolio for my artwork.

Social Media Stuff:

Add me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ben.krefta.1
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Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/BenKrefta
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Connect on Linkedin: uk.linkedin.com/in/benkrefta

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Hi, I want to be able to create a white on black photo print. I've tried creating something similar to what I want in Illustrator, but the result isn't quite so detailed and doesn't show as much grey gradation as the image I'm trying to imitate. Is there any way to get a better result from the photo I have?

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Manga Artist Cover by Bomu
Manga Artist Cover
Mock up for a potential now How-To-Manga book project. Feat. the tip fairy!

In the mean time, check out my latest tutorial book, 'Digital Manga' ^_^
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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?)
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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
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart::heart::heart:Greetings!:heart::heart::heart::heart:

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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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 :)
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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.  :)
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EinnhardeR Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice art! watched you :star:
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Bomu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Your works are great- loving the dark cat girl vibe :)
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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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Bomu Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for letting me know. Hope you find it helpful :)
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Jyazz Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello there. My name is Jasmine and I bought your book on Digital manga :3
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