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    Default Attention Great Manga Artists

    You see, I really want to learn Manga. TELL ME HOW YOU LEARNED! No boring, long, COMPLICATED books that you never want to pick up. Tell me how you learned, what resources, like what books, etc.

    Thank you for looking

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    I've been drawing since I was two years old, and I'm seventeen now, so you do the math.
    I've learned everything on my own. I began drawing with real people and observational drawings, and then brought a manga style into that.

    I suggest to never use those books such as "How to Draw Manga". The best way is to learn on your own and develop your own style, lest you become lost in someone else's style.

    Anyway, observational drawing is the key to just about any drawing. Start from there. Develop the basics and develop your skills, then proceed to start with anime and manga.

    "The color fades along the intervals I follow."

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    Thank you for the tips! Do you think looking at my manga books as visional inspiration would help?

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    As inspiration? Absolutely. When I'm in a funk for ideas...such as the past month...I read a lot of manga, more so than I typically do...mind you, I've been known to read 2-3 volumes of manga a day for a month. Certain manga and artists show me different things, different methods, proper proportions, or different lines. For instance, Prince of Tennis manga has spectacular use of lines to create a sense of movement. I can specifically remember a ball bouncing on a court in Volume 12 which I actually thought was moving for a split-second. The lines the manga-ka uses are genius.
    For details, I refer to the more recent works of Eiichiro Oda, the manga-ka of One Piece. The man, though using a style weighted toward cartoonism, inserts an insane amount of detail, especially during One Piece's CP9 arc.
    I refer to my favorite manga-ka, Oh!Great, as means for the human body. That man has truly come to great understanding of the body.
    For machinery, I'd read anything by the author of BLAME!...I can't remember the name of the author, but both of the most well known of her works, Bio-Mega, and BLAME! are fantastic for machinery and technical drawings.
    For expressions in an anime style which is balanced between cartoonism and realism, I look to the more recent chapters of Kubo Tite's Bleach.

    Of course, I don't limit myself to just these specific series or authors. I've read well over 200 series, probably about 300 by now, and probably about 150 different authors.
    Granted, I am nothing special at drawing manga and the like. My specialty lies in mechanical drawing.

    "The color fades along the intervals I follow."

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    thanks ^_^

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    Practice drawing. A LOT. And read lots and lots of manga. Take notes on clothing, story, backgrounds, tones, and shading. Draw from real life too. Especially real clothes or fabric or nature, like trees. Go with the ideas you enjoy most and don't worry about pleasing other people.


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    Here are my tips to you:

    1. Ok, well I learned from scratch. One of my friends gave me a book called How To Draw Manga by Katy Coope. She also wrote another one called How To Draw More Manga. I think those are good beginner books. If you want to get more detailed with your works, Chirstopher Hart has some good books out there. They are more expensive, but helpful. The books he has are Manga Mania Shoujo, Manga Mania How To Draw Japanese Comics, Manga Mania Fantasy Worlds, and there are some more. The books by Christopher Hart are about 20 dollars, but I think they are good.

    2. If you have problems drawing hands, like me T_T) you should follow this tip this guy gave me once. He said that you should just continue to draw hands for 1 month and draw nothing but hands and you'll be good at hands. It worked.

    3. Date and save all your drawings to see your progress and then work on things you think you are't so good at. Also get critisism from others. Puting your pictures on AF fanart section is a good way to do that.

    4. Keep on practicing.
    (If you want more tips, just PM me.)

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    ...this might be mean but...I wouldn't count on any how to draw manga book if it's by someone who isn't Japanese...x_x


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    Quote Originally Posted by 小美ドクロchan View Post
    ...this might be mean but...I wouldn't count on any how to draw manga book if it's by someone who isn't Japanese...x_x
    Ethnicity has nothing to do with the ability to draw.

    At that point, I say don't trust any "how to draw manga" book. This way, you are able to develop your own skills and techniques, your own style, and continue to evolve your style as you grow. Learning from a book just gets you lost in the style and techniques of someone else, and that will hinder your ability to grow as an artist (in relation to manga).

    "The color fades along the intervals I follow."

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    Thanks guys! I just drew some pics. They are coming along nicely.

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    Ethnicity has nothing to do with the ability to draw.
    That's not what I'm getting at. Obviously a Japanese person would know how to draw Japanese comics the best. >_>; Because I've seen American "manga" published and no matter what you can tell it's "American". They can't seem to get the Japanese style no matter how hard they try.


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    ^Amen
    I hate American Manga >_<

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    to sum it all up...practice practice and practice!^^ keep practicing and making your own work so that eventually you'll find your own style.you might hit a few bumps on the road.on this i recommend geting out your fav manga and looking at those for inspiration.keep a database of good manga and anime pics that way you can look at any of them when youre stuck.hope this helps!^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by 小美ドクロchan View Post
    That's not what I'm getting at. Obviously a Japanese person would know how to draw Japanese comics the best. >_>; Because I've seen American "manga" published and no matter what you can tell it's "American". They can't seem to get the Japanese style no matter how hard they try.

    But you can't just say, because people are American that they can't draw well. Anyway the books I suggested teach you essencials(I spelled that wrong) in whatever they were talking about. They don't give you their style of manga, its more of the basic structures.

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    I am baffled that you recommended those two books by Katy Coope. She writes a book on how to draw manga when she herself cannot draw manga. I have received those books as a gift, and frankly it is americanized scribbles. It seems Ms. Coope must have some daughter that draws anime and thought she might as well give a whack at it.
    Please don't recommend books that will not help her.
    If you want help, "Idiot's Guide to Drawing Manga" is pretty good. It has helped me a lot. I am planning on buying more "How to Draw Manga" Books, so I'll reccomend more when I have more info.

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