Kimino394's thread with wowtastic title
Hey everyone. I used to do a lot of drawing, though it was all realistic. I did rather well in matric exhibition, coming above the rest of the people from the nearby school. Of course, all -I- did was portraits, while they experimented, so I sort of feel like it was a cheat-win.
I want to draw anime or manga. Preferably manga. Always have. Now that I have nothing to do, I figure, why not start? So I have. I'm going to upload the first page below. Please note, only the Chibi's and the only really bad-looking male character are OC's, the rest are characters from anime or manga that I've tried to copy while looking at them as little as possible.
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I'm not sure why everything went so black there, but here's what it looks like properly.
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I know it's hard to crit when the person is drawing someone elses characters instead of their own.. But if you have advice, I'm all ears.
Hi Cloudy, thanks for the warm welcome and quick reply. I recently got my hands on one of those how to draw books, specifically, "Drawing Manga, Idiots guide" from 9Studio's. I realize it would have been a better idea to get one created by someone who is actually Japanese, instead of "Mike Sanders", but I didn't actually pick this one out, it was given to me. Now I have a question (For anyone, not just Cloudy), I was wondering if it's okay to not do the exact style done in the book. I wouldn't say it's my own style, but I prefer when characters don't have these perfectly pointed chins, I like them to be rounded out a LOT more. So, should I follow as the book shows and make the chins perfectly pointy, or should I do what feels more comfortable? There are other example's, but that's the first one I noticed.
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Of course it's ok, that's what creating art is all about. It's your interpretation! those books are just guides on one way to draw that certain style, there are many ways. The best way to learn of course is from practicing from real life, human study books and keeping an art journal.
I suppose that's true. I still feel weird when it doesn't come out EXACTLY the way the original artist made it.. Which is almost never does, hah. Oh well. Anyway, it was just my birthday and my parents allowed me to choose any one thing (Within reason).. Since I felt as though I wasn't improving on my drawing at all, I ended up buying that "Manga University 6 week course". I started it today and, oh lawd, they want me to draw a full body character. A specific one. Infact, all I have to do (Today) is draw the provided character exactly as it is, in whatever method feels comfortable.
*Let's get inside Kimino's thoughts for a moment* I'm sorry.. Draw a full body character comfortably? Are you crazy? Is that POSSIBLE?! Oh well. I gave it a try. And I suffered. Going to upload how it ended up right here.
First off, I drew a skeleton right over the original image, then copied it. Then I started blocking in the shaped over the skeleton. I did not see how else I was going to get it correct by today.
Then.. Well, I finished up drawing. *facepalm*
I can see there's a LOT wrong with it. I can see, for the most part, WHAT is wrong with it. I'd love some outside advice, though. I don't want the full six weeks to go this badly.