Creating a Webtoon: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Creating a webtoon can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. By breaking the process down into small, manageable steps, you can create a webtoon without feeling overwhelmed. Here are the simple steps that I take to create my webtoons:

  1. Write character dialogue
  2. Thumbnail characters
  3. Add panels
  4. Ink in characters
  5. Add character colors
  6. Add background
  7. Add word balloons
  8. Save and export

I use Clip Studio Paint EX as my program of choice for drawing my webtoons. It has a lot of comic-specific features, like a webtoon canvas template that fits the publishing format, as well as pre-made backgrounds and 3D models that can help me draw things I can’t draw.

For hardware, I use my Wacom Cintiq Display tablet that I got back in 2010. However, I don’t recommend this display tablet for beginners because it’s a big investment and it needs a computer to be used. Instead, I recommend using a standalone tablet like an iPad or Samsung Tablet to draw a webtoon.

I publish my webtoons for free on platforms like Webtoon Canva and Tapas. I prefer to post on free publishing platforms because I can funnel traffic from those platforms to my personal website and get my work in front of more readers.

Marketing my webtoon can be a challenge, but since I’m a big introvert with little social skills, I like to use image SEO and search engines to market my work. I post my webtoon images on Pinterest and have my keywords in the descriptions and have it link back to my comic page.

If you want to make a webtoon but you don’t know where to start, my webtoon for beginners ebook is perfect for you. I will show you what tools and software I use and beginner friendly tips on how to market your webtoon online.

Remember, art is not one size fits all, and there’s more than one way to make art. Even if you can’t draw, you can still achieve your dream of creating a webtoon.

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