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    [Help Needed] Fine Tuning the Manga Style

    Hi guys, so I've been practising manga for about a year no but I've been looking to draw it for much longer. I'm currently looking to write my own amateur manga series and have decided on a shounen comedy/ action. It's inspired by works such as Assassination Classroom and Danganronpa.

    The trouble is, I'm not really willing to steam ahead writing it when I haven't finished learning the manga style. My character designs always lack something but I can't quite put my finger on it.

    One of the three attached images is part of a separate planned series. Anyway, have you got any advice on how to improve from here?
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    If you've got an idea for the story, it might be worth fleshing that out first, rather than worrying too much about what the art will look like. Unless you already have a style that you definitely want to draw in, working out the tone and content of your story should help you decide what kind of art would work with it.

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    Thanks, I'm actually doing that at the moment, but it's not the art style that bothers me. It's my line art, I think. All my manga drawings lack finish. I feel like there's some finer details missing. I'll definitely write out the plot a bit more but I have a concrete idea worked out. It's going to be an over the top comedy action in which students have to kill their teachers, who are turned into monsters like bosses from a game.

    I was wondering if amyone had any drawing tips.

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    Can't see anything obviously missing, based on what you've posted. You could try varying the width of the lines to help give your art more depth, I guess, but your first three images have that kind of 'superflat' type look to them and I don't think line weight is a big part of that approach. Case in point:


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    Thank you very much! I think I'll work with some examples and study line thickness. But it's nice to know that I'm not doing anything obviously wrong. Thanks for your help!

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