The story processes on, I’m still discovering got new techniques on the software and editing the story as I go along. I post screenshots on my twitter page @reebeksart. I want to be authentic in my drawing style, I included gesture scribbles/ lines. So far it looking very polished and the two characters personality are showing more. I’m taking my time to work on two pages a week, which manageable and allow me to come up with new ideas.
Clip Studio Paint contacted me and asked to feature one of my screenshot of my comic pages on their official website! You can see my post on the artist testimonial section.
This will give you an idea of how i develop an my own art style from taking inspiration from other artist. I discovered them during my art education. they are the basic guidelines i use whenever I am working on an illustration or comic.
Often my drawing or paintings has gesture, scribbles inspired by calligraphy writing. At college I was fascinated with the beautiful lines of calligraphy strokes. I researched Chinese, Arabic or traditional English calligraphy.
I did practice calligraphy writing. Then I started the habit to including calligraphy scribbles in my drawings. The rush energetic scribble lines give my drawings an edge. I was drawn to the movement of lines. My older artwork just had scribble. Then I developed calligraphy writing techniques and write some random word or alphabet along side with the drawing.
Jose Parla uses calligraphy drawings for his abstract paintings. He was the first artist that inspired me to combine calligraphy into painting. His paintings appear like an urban calligraphy street art. His artwork have so much elementals of collage and scribbles all combined together in one massive piece. It very similar to Jackson Pollock works.
Dave McKean is my next artist that I was inspired by. He creates unique drawing, combining mix media, collage and digital in illustrations. I likehis drawing the most especially his graphics novel illustrations in his books ‘A Picture that Tick’.
He illustrated one of my favourite childhood book ‘Varjak Paw’ by S.F.Said
I love Jean Haines has approach to watercolour. Her watercolour style is very close to how I like to paint with watercolour, Her watercolour painting organic, loose and free. She instantly become one of my favourite watercolour artist and inspiration for watercolour. After I graduated, I wanted to include more vibrant colours in my illustrations. I felt my artwork was dull and abit too dark in topic. It her use of colours, she teaches how to use pure colour from paint. I learn watercolouring techniques from Jean Haines for my watercolour illustrations.
Frank Miller Sin City graphic Novel
Frank Miller’s Sin City gritty. I liked how he use negative space within the black background. Some have key colours for key characters for example in ‘That Yellow Bastard‘. I liked the use of composition and great dialogue. (I did watch the movie too)
It was good to explore different style of comics not just manga. I learn a lot from the drawing techniques reading Sin City. It made me consider negative space for drawing.
I trying to find and experiment with different drawing techniques while I’m working on my comic. I would like be authentic in my comic artwork.
Shungiku Nakamura Junjo Romantica
My personal favourite and main manga inspiration for my own manga. Shungiku Nakamura’s drawing style are different to the traditional style in most manga comics. I love the direction, layout and storyline. I always refer to Nakamura mangas for tips for creating boy love romance.
It is one of those manga book that took me by surprise.
There are main stories Nights, Emotional Spectrum and Reply. The manga mainly focuses on attraction. it very sensual and moody. the artist used of tone to set the sensuous ambience of the night.
NightS and Relpy I enjoyed reading. I liked the intimate relationship between Masato Karashima and Musaki Hozumi.
The men are drawn greate and not overly stylised, realistic. The emotions and expressions are subtle and in dept. I felt the Mangaka artist wanted you to explore the characters thought and the build up of Intimacy before the bedroom scene. I thought the dialogue is very well written.
The bedroom scene is short but very sensual and steamy.
Nights is an engaging read, you would want to take you time. the pages are easy to read with a simple layout.
The front art cover is beautiful illustrated and mysterious.
Personally I felt this manga was a work of art, brillanly executed and well though out characters. My top 5 mangas too read. 6/6 Stars
There is Nights- Another Nights is an additional one shot manga available only on kindle to buy. where the bedroom scene between Masato Karashima and Musaki Hozumi get very saucy.
The Junjo Romantic saga continues with a new romantic stories and hot couples.
Ritus Onodera is a rookie at the shoujo manga editing department. The work is very tight with deadlines. Ritus is inexperience editing shoujo mangas. His boss, Masamue Takano is strict, cold and take no-nonsense.
However Takano was Ritus first love. When Takano recognised him, he forces himself to make Ritus fall in love with him again.
Takano is very persistent on making love to Ritus and doesn’t want to lose Ritus again. Ritus denies that he loves Takano but his internal feeling saying otherwise. The sexual chemistry between Ritus and Takano is and unusual but intriguing.
The sexual tensions is on point in every volume, very hot, saucy bedroom action! Just as you expect of Shungiku Nakamura’s manga’s. Most Bl manga are is too fast with the bedroom action. In Junjo Romantic and World’s greatest first love there alot of building up with he romance interest and plot development
The manga starts get interesting in Volume 3 when the relationship between Ritus and Takano get steamy and intense. Also Volume 3 there is a sub story of Shota Kisa and Kou Yukina.
The World Greatest first Love manga series is fantastic. I keep reading the manga over and over again. Shungiku Nakamura creates very creates great heart throbbing romantic combined with good drawings. The drawings improved a lot since Junjo Romantica.
I own all the volumes of this manga and watched the anime series on CrunchyRoll.
There is a separate manga World Greatest first Love, Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori. Which is not available in english publication to buy. Only Japanese publication.
I was disappointed that Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori was not included in the sereis as in the anime.
Personally, Shungiku Nakamura is one of the best classic Yaoi/BL manga artist.
I really wished Junjo Romantica was re published in english publish again by Sublime Manga.
The anime is available to watch in crunchyroll.
I rate the manga series 6 out of 6 stars, highly recommended manga to read.
I always watching world Greatest first love anime on CrunchyRoll. The anime is an insight on how manga publishers work. Ritsu and Tanako are both manga Shojou editors. Thier jobs is to work closely with the manga artist.
There is a sub story on world Greatest first love, manga Shojou Artist Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori the manga editor.
Chiaki and his team work in a studio. They working endlessly to meet the deadline.
It seem that working on a manga series is a lot of work and stressful! Luckily for me I am a one man band and don’t have to meet deadline.
I see the story board or rough draft in the anime where the character discus the rough draft. The drawings are drawn very simple, thumbnail rough, include the dialogue. The manga artist makes many pages of rough drafts drawings then show them to thier editor.
I noticed watching World Greatest first love, the manga artist divide the paper and draw two pages roughs in one page. This give them an idea how the manga read into the next page.
This gave me an idea to do the same with my drafts. I am using a layout paper to do my manga rough.
My manga will read from left to right western style.
I write my story first. Adding details to the scene and the character dialogue. I write my stories like a fiction because I want to get the essence of the characters. It is a good way to develop your characters. I aim to write between 500 – 1,500 words.
After I am happy with the roughs, I will start working the real manga on my computer on Clip Studio EX. I have a Wacom Display Tablet so it more easily draw with ease.
I am still working on my manga and uploading them on my Deviantart page. I am trying to find a good method in creating my manga. So far it coming much more nicely together.
Tip: Stick to manga that you like or inspired by. Take note on how the manga is directed, how the tone convey the mood and the panels works on the page.
Nichijou gave me encouragement when I feeling like my manga is not good enough. I just remember how Mio chan felt with her manga. She inspires me to follow your dreams in becoming a manga artist.
Episode 20 on Nichijou is when Mio’s friend help her complete her manga, but did not go well. It is a good episode to watching because you will see that every artist has those days when nothing is coming out right.