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Posted 5/18/17
I hear you, I'm definitely going to have a look at the different brushes I have at my disposal, and I'm also going to experiment with the pressure settings in both my tablet settings and in SAI (my painting software of choice)

Daily scribble, just trying out different poses and perspectives
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Posted 5/18/17 , edited 5/31/17
Hands and feet still unfinished and I've left her belt a bit scrappy, but I've already spent way longer on this than I really meant to :/ It was an interesting exercise though. Did you have a colour scheme in mind by the way?




I have similar problems tracing lineart as well. I always feel when I try to trace over my initial sketches that it kills the energy of the first sketch, so for this one I just went in, erased my construction lines and went over the parts I wanted to keep instead. It's not as crisp as what you'd get by drawing over it on a new layer, but I think it looks livelier this way.
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Posted 5/18/17 , edited 5/31/17
I think I know what you mean. When I tried out different ways to draw the lines I found that simple straight lines without any difference in thickness or roughness created a very static and dull result, whereas some thick highlights and lively strokes promoted both a dynamic feeling and some degree of depth. That said I still think I should get rid of the habit of chicken scratching the lines as much as I do.
But I have to be careful not to stray from my goal to emulate the manga aesthetic and all that it entails.

As for the colour scheme; No, not really... I always imagined her to have pretty standard bright gray vest and pants, blonde hair, no Idea about the headwear or the shoes though.
I had this Idea that I liked that I would make the back of her vest have some kind of silver shimmer going on. that way I could give her the nick "Silverback" which would reflect her tough personality pretty well.
(But I'm putting that detail on ice until I find the strength to make a more traditional painting of her)
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Posted 5/27/17
yeah okay when I get the cord for my wacom tablet I will get involved
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Posted 5/27/17
Not sure what you'd do to get a shimmery effect, but I had a go at some colours anyway.

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Posted 5/29/17
might do some tradional artwork and join in
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Posted 5/31/17
Beautiful work, Lobster!

Here's my interpretation (a few days late!)--just a pencil drawing:



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Strikedog wrote:

Beautiful work, Lobster!

Here's my interpretation (a few days late!)--just a pencil drawing:



Thanks man :)

I like yours though - I think the way you've done her bandanna makes it look more convincingly like it's on her head than in mine. In hindsight, I feel like I've maybe placed it too high.

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I made some background images, if you guys wanna use these for your characters go ahead
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This is all really good stuff, I draw mostly anime and manga style stuff but I don't have anything to show right now. has anyone thought of actually making a manga or anime? I want to start a team of people to make one!
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Well, I'll certainly like to see your work!

I have thought of working on my own manga--and I've even drawn sample pages--but I guess it's a matter of just buckling down and DOING it. I did work in television animation, but that was a few years ago; now it's mostly illustrations and character designs.

But I say go search for artists to make a team for an anime or manga. There are a lot of talented people posting work here on CR or on Deviant Art.
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Posted 8/18/17
HI Everyone!
First I must apologize for all this inactivity on my end. Totally shameful and uncalled for. Sorry.
And the amount of drawing I've done during this absence is directly proportionate. But now I'm back and hyped up again! I've actually just started on a little project with my boys that enforces me to continue this thread.
We've decided on trying to make a Light novel/Web novel of sorts. So with their blessing I'm going to post some in progress pics here.

On that note, how advanced should Light novel-art be? Should it be color allround or what? I've never actually read any so any info regarding this is welcome.


Related drawing, concept of a character in said novel.
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Judging by the few LNs I have on my computer, there is typically a preface which features full color art and words over the art, while the rest of the art is usually for the start of each chapter and any noteworthy visuals the artist feels like drawing which are all in black and white. Here are some images from Baccano


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Cool! no panels needed then, just full-spread killer art. (one less thing to worry about)

And for the big revelation of the day... Coming up with designs for an ensemble of characters that are not originally thought up by myself is a major challenge.
I mean I DO have a very basic mental image of the characters, comprised of standard manga eyes and so on, but having to align that image with the writers idea is hard.

It makes me think of a conversation I had with a friend some 7 or 8 years ago about the faces in manga.
It seems that more often than not, people build the faces using aesthetic symbols of the different parts(eyes, nose, mouth, jawline and so on), without really thinking of how it makes or breaks the anatomy. Don't get me wrong, manga as a medium is very forgiving when it comes to just that. But my personal history with a more realistic style makes me shy away from that approach.
And this makes it harder than it should be to come up with faces for the characters that I'm designing. constantly having to slap myself so that I don't overwork the faces.
This is also one of the reasons why I prefer more realistic manga art, like Vagabond, Berserk or Blade of the Immortal. Also, One-Punch Man works as a very cool blend of realistic and unrealistic


Picture related, four of the characters that I'm designing at the moment. Waiting to hear from the judge if they are up to snuff.
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the "judge" has spoken, and I bring you the updated designs that come with a seal of approval.
The loli became somewhat older, and the buff dude got a bigger nose and jawline. other than that, it's mostly cleanup.



On another note..
I decided to flip through my collection of artbooks, and I must say... one of my favourite artists of all time has to be Kozaki Yusuke, or KYMG.
Google him, he's got some truly impressive stuff. especially when it comes to creases on clothing like skirts. and characters drawn in a wilder perspective.
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