Eiichiro Oda is a Japanese manga artist, who is best known for his manga series “One Piece”. He was born on 1st January 1975 in Kumamoto.
Oda has been drawing since his earlier life and his dream has always been to be a Manga artist. At the age of 17, he won the 44th Tezuka-prize with the short story “Wanted” and finished the school at the age of 19. He got a job in the Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine and cooperated with many Manga artists.
Oda released six Mangas: Wanted (1992), Kami Kara Mirai no Present (1993), Itsuki yakou (1993), Monsters (1994), Romance Dawn (1994) and his famous work One Piece (1997).
One Piece was first published by Shonen Jump and 445 million copies were sold in Japan. From the very beginning, this manga was immensely popular. One Piece took inspiration from the manga Dragon Ball, by Akira Toriyama. His interest in Pirates came from the children series Vicke Viking.
One Piece is a Manga/Anime. The story is about a pirate boy named Ruffy. He is searching for the treasure of One Piece, to become the next pirate king. He is accompanied by the swordsman Zorro, the navigator Nami, the sharpshooter Lysop, the cook Sanji, the doctor Chopper, the archaeologist Robin, the shipwright Franky and the musician Brook. Together they sail across the seas with their ship and meet new friends, rivals, enemies and much more.
At first, Oda draws a sketch of the drawing. Then, he slightly erases the pre-sketch with plasticine, so that the actual sketch is still visible. Afterward, he draws the figures in the picture in more detail and goes over it again with the plasticine. After this, he takes a pen and a fine liner and draws the lines with ink. He paints certain parts. Meanwhile, he presses a piece of cloth or paper on the drawing, so that the ink doesn´t smudge. Once he´s finished with the inking he starts to draw with colors. First, he paints everything, then shadows it and lastly he uses a white pencil and paints the lighting of the drawing.
In the following link, you can see in a quick video on Oda´s drawing style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iebhT0DfNDA