Workin on a Sunday kinda ruins the day-off feel of it. It was really nice out this afternoon but I was stuck working again =P.
Well I finally found some time and energy to sit down and scan my progress in my attempt to make a doujinshi. Inking is still one of my biggest problems along with drawing out a human body. I've gotten a good amount of practice when it comes to drawing bodies but inking hasn't seen much improvement. The quality of each line still looks awkward whenever I attempt to draw a few panels. Here's an example.
On the top is Coharu-sensei's work and on the bottem is Yoshimizu-sensei's work. When I put it up to my feeble attempt at doujinshi there's a big difference lol.... Although I really hate copying or even just sparingly take something from another artist, it's going to take me a long time to get anywhere near their level if I just sit here going through hundreds of panels before leveling up lol. Looking at my work so far it seems that I'm going to have to variate the way my characters are positioned from panel to panel. Coharu-sensei's and Yoshimizu-sensei's stuff are very very simple compared to the typical shounen and shoujo mangas today, which is the way it should be since their category of work falls in between - the "Slice of Life" genre =). So on the issue of variation I'll probably put more effort into making my panels more interesting on my next attempt.
Well here some doodles that I made while practicing. The picture on the left has three characters on it, from left to right I changed the style of manga from the typical moe-moe to tsundere moe-blob and finally the style I've been used to drawing all along. It was a pretty fun exercise because it help me to realize that I am still improving little by little and I've gone over some significant benchmarks. I remember in the past I would really struggle to draw any sort of character in any style - off the top of my head. Now it's breeze and instead of being proud of that I'm worrying about how it looks compared to the real deal =P. On the right is a quick sketch of my favorite characters from Minami-Ke, Kana-chan and Yoshino-chan hehe. I friggin love those characters to death, and it feels good to do a little bit of fanart once in a while. After all most people who get into drawing in manga form start off doing fanart, its a great feeling when you see your favorite character come to life with your own hands.
But ya.. the inking problem.... I still can't figure out exactly why it looks so awful when I attempt to draw a few panels. If it turns out to be something that I won't get over without years of training then I'm gonna cry =P I'm no genius when it comes to drawing... in fact I'm pretty far from it, its all tears and blood baby. Hmm well, looking at the sketch with the 3 girls, the inking looks considerably better than the work I did before on the panels. The difference between those two is the fact that I worked on a bigger resolution. Haa.. maybe thats the problem.. (blogging helps you think better me thinks) lol. Both were drawn with the same size pen, since I decided in an earlier post to stick to one size, but maybe I need to change size accordingly with what resolution I'm working at. Real mangakas often work with large pads of paper, so that they can draw things in fine detail without squishing it in. I remember that when I took that summer class in a college level art school. So hey- maybe drawing either with an even smaller pen or just drawing BIGGER will make things look more natural.
I gotta keep reminding myself of the biggest reason I want to draw manga... its so that I can create my own story in the form I love and enjoy the most - Manga. One day I'll have nothing to read, I know what kind stuff I want to read, so instead of fantasizing about what to read I can draw it on paper and read it to myself. Ahhh.. man that'd be awesome...
Alright I've got 3 new episodes lined up for me to watch.. time to sit back n relax...