Bestselling Art of Comics & Manga in 2021
Manga Art: Inspiration and Techniques from an Expert Illustrator
- WATSON GUPTILL
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Blank Manga Book: 120 Manga action pages, 7 panel layout, White Paper, Draw and create your own Manga scenes (White cover)
The Manga Artist's Workbook: Easy-to-Follow Lessons for Creating Your Own Characters
- Practice models
- Cover sheets to protect work
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- Boy and girl teen examples throughout
How to Draw Anatomy for Comics (HD Edition): (132 Pages: Full colour: High Definition) (How to Draw Comics & Manga Book 2)
MANGA: The Pre-History of Japanese Comics (Japanese Edition)
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The Master Guide to Drawing Anime: How to Draw Original Characters from Simple Templates
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The Art of Comic Book Writing: The Definitive Guide to Outlining, Scripting, and Pitching Your Sequential Art Stories
A New Style
One simple ink drawing changed the direction of my artwork and helped me develop a style all my own.
One of the hardest challenges of being an artist is developing a unique, recognizable style. Often this style takes many years to become obvious and simply unfolds from the art organically rather than consciously. Sometimes the best way to find it is to draw with no real end in mind and see what happens. You may like the results and begin to do more work in the same vein until it becomes your signature. Here's my story, and it's still unraveling.
One night I came home late from hanging out with friends. I was fairly exhausted, but for some reason I decided I wanted to draw something. I laid out a sheet of paper and began doodling, not really focusing on an overall design, but simply allowing my hand to guide the pen on whims of its own. I think being so sleepy contributed to the willingness to experiment, and soon, shapes started to develop. I began to direct the piece toward an actual image, keeping the same style. What resulted redefined the way I saw my artwork. Since then I have worked to develop this style and to use more free-form shapes in my water color paintings as well.
About a year later I began doing artwork on a commission basis. The chief of Fire District IX really like that original drawing I did and asked for a series of similar but much larger drawings. He wanted a fireman and a fire truck, each done in just ink. The third would be a stylized rendering of the District IX logo done in color. Slowly, this style started to solidify for me. For years in the Talented Art Program I had stuck with a realistic or a generic, cartoonish approach to most of my projects. Now, however, I found myself producing much more unique work. I felt I had more freedom and became more comfortable with experimentation. The combination with watercolor was a challenge, but a worthwhile one.
This evolution I went through is not peculiar to me or event to visual artists in general. Everyone who wants to develop some skill or talent has to start with the basics. Once they understand fundamental techniques and principles they can start to imitate masters and then finally, after many years, come into their own. This process is beautiful in itself-- often just as beautiful as the work produced.