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Manga Art Gallery / Slam's Art
« on: December 03, 2018, 05:35:43 PM »

It's December, so let's kick next year off with a C L E A N thread. I want to return to this site and post more regularly.

Here's some works since last time  :noidea:

Semi Complete Stuff:





Develop Your Story / [Marathon Workshop] SlamJam's "The witch Rox"
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:06:41 AM »
So this is the portfolio page where i will update each chapter of "Rox" each week. The title above is a working title. Here's the synopsis.


In a land where unimaginable wonders are part of daily life, a seed of dissent grows. A once unified country begins to fracture under the weight of it's oppressive society. In the midst of this, a young orphan has the power to change the world. Where power creates strength, in Rox it yields courage. Yet courage can only take a person so far, as the pillars of Guardian city are not so easily shaken.  Many have tried before her, and Guardian City continues to grow from the sacrifices of the good. Can Rox truly change the world, or fall to the secrets trapped deep within the heart of the city?

Chapter 1 due date - 19/01/17, words 1000

Members Workshops / MangaRaiders Artist Marathon Workshop Signup
« on: August 22, 2017, 12:42:06 AM »

Devola asked me to post this, since you apparently need 500 posts to post in here.

Welcome to the signups for the MangaRaiders Artist Marathon Workshop, inspired by the writers workshop..

What is this Workshop?

This workshop is designed to get the artists of MangaRaiders to finish 2 complete 'Illustration' each week.

Format and expectations.

For the first 2 days of the week, you are allocated time to complete 1 full illustration. On day 3, we participate in group critiques/reviews of the artwork. On day 4 and 5, you are again to work on 1 complete illustration and then on day 6, critique. Day 7 is a rest day.

You are expected to outline REASONABLE goals for each week's drawing exercise and complete them. Keep in mind that your goals must be CLEAR and SPECIFIC as your reviewers will be using them to critique your work.

Each week, a topic is to be adhered to, and your illustration must fit within this topic. The subject however, is entirely up to you. If you wanted to create character art, landscape artwork or animal artwork (as examples) this is completely okay.

The time deadline is Midnight of day 2 and day 5 of the art creation dates respectively.

We urge all participants to engage in critiques.

What do we mean by Illustrations?
Each "illustration" you create must not look unfinished. What we mean by this, is don't just post a 5 minute sketch. Post something that looks complete.

Whether this is polished linework, a full colour illustration, a manga page, etc, is entirely up to you. This workshop is to push you out of your comfort zone.

Topics - (Weeks 1-8) - Revealed each week.

What if I fail to post my artwork on time?
Don't worry, we won't be super strict. As long as you post before critiques begin, it's all fine. We will show some leniency.

However, if you fail to post before the first critique if posted, you will receive 1 strike. 3 Strikes, and you're out of the workshop.

I am not interested in participating, but would like to be a critic.
As a group, we have discussed this. However, we have decided that if you are not participating, then please do not critique the users artworks. This will be a challenging workshop, so please don't upset anyone. Allowing only the artists to create critiqs helps develop critical skills for learning different fundamentals of art, and allows us to help eachother improve our artworks.

Where do we post our art and critiques?

There will be a thread for submitting works, please use this format:Your Artwork's Title-Art-Your goalsPlease submit your reviews in the sign up thread and follow this format:-Person's Artwork title in spoiler-Include a picture of their work, and your review underneathPlease review at least 2 submissions per session, your review can be as detailed as you feel necessary but try to include at least 1 positive comment about the work.

When do we start?

A soft deadline has been set for Monday 28th of August, 2017.

Signup list:

Please comment below if you'd like to participate.

Participating -

  • TheSlamJam
  • Devola
  • Aimyraude
  • Flames117
  • eukocar
  • S8N
  • Shishi
  • BobbyJoeXCrystal

Develop Your Story / Assassinate
« on: March 12, 2017, 02:12:02 PM »

Members Manga / Pointless gags & doodle comics
« on: March 09, 2017, 12:36:22 PM »
I'm going to post these pointless little doodle things to here. I'm tempted to add a 4th bonus panel.

I don't know if it's obvious, but i had the most motivation and energy during the first character of the first panel, then it all died.

General Discussion / Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Artist review!
« on: September 25, 2016, 11:25:34 PM »
Hi everyone, i was asked to make a review for the Surface Pro 2 as an artist device, so i thought i'd dive right in.

First off, we'll start with screen quality. The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (SP2) has a fantastic screen, boasting a resolution of 1920x 1080, with 208 pixels per inch, using Microsofts Clear Type IPS display technology.Clear type essentially makes text easier to read on small displays, and IPS allows for excellent colour accuracy and stops any warping of colours as a result of viewing angle. I personally found the colour accuracy to be excellent, with the colours appearing vibrant and accurate. The biggest issue i've had so far comes from the use of a glossy display, which creates some issues using it outside, meaning you have to use the tablet at maximum brightness. This can be offsett by using a Matte screen protector, however i personally don't.
This tablet however is thick, which means it's not something you can hold in your arms and sketch as it's bulk and weight (2.01 lb) make it too awkward to hold and too heavy. On a table or in your lap is fine, due to the built in kickstand which is incredibly sturdy. The tablet will not move as your leaning your hand on it, which is excellent.

Performance - The SP2 comes with a intel core i5 4300u, a custom mobile cpu clocked at 2.7GHz. 4GB DDR3 RAM and an SSD (mine's 128gb). Personally, i've noticed no real issues using this tablet with Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, working at 4000x4000 pixels @ 300dpi. The brush strokes are responsive with the pen pressure responding similarly to a Wacom Bamboo. The only times i've run into problems (lag) where when i used large brushes (1200+ pixel brushes). However, this may be a Photoshop issue, as i also experience issues with large brushes on my desktop (4670K, 8gb ram, ssd). Photoshop runs well however i do wish that their touch input was better, as i'd love to be able simply pan using my finger to scroll through my canvas when zoomed in. You can do this whilst holding space, but yeah. In my limited experience with Clip Studio Pain (Manga Studio), i've expereinced similar issues with really large brushes, but no issues with touch. Touch input is a joy using this software. However, i have not used MangaStudio extensively with this software yet.

Example of work created with this tablet in Adobe Photoshop:

The biggest issue - This tablets suffers from pen occlussion around the edges of the display, meaning where you place the cursor does not match where you place the pen. This can be corrected slightly via callibration, however it's still there. It means navigating menus can be kinda annoying, however it's not an issue for me. The pen in the center is accurate in my opinion. This is an issue that occurs on many Wacom Active display devices, so yeah. It's there, it's unfortunate but it's not game breaking.

In comparison to my Wacom Intuos Pro Medium, i actually prefer the SP2. The fact that i can draw on the screen helps significantly, as it allows you to be more accurate, as you can more easily place details where you want them. Your mileage may vary.

Do I recommend this tablet? If you can pick it up cheap, absolutely. However, I am unable to tell you if the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or 4 is better as they use a new pen technology called N-Trig. SP3 Ntrig only offers 256 levels of pressure, whereas SP4 N-Trig offers 1024. From what i've read, when drawing slowly N-Trig has some wobble issues, so yeah. It's best to try it out yourself.

WARNING: The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is no longer officially supported by Microsoft, meaning you can only buy third party refurbished. they also don't make the pens or covers anymore for the SP2, so again you're looking at other websites. You can still buy the pens new online, and the Wacom Carbon Feel also works the same apparently, so stylus replacements arent an issue. I don't know if Microsoft will still repair this tablet, so be wary.

Members Manga / The Witch Rox!
« on: September 24, 2016, 11:38:18 PM »
Welcome to the official page for "The Witch Rox", in which i will try to post at minimum one 4koma a week and one full page a week.

To start with, i'll introduce you all to Rox through this small 4koma (this one's not well drawn because i initially drew this, then photoshop caused everything to crap out and i lost it, so this one was done quickly because it's 4:40am).

Basically, i've finished the first draft of the story and will be posting the first full page in a couple of days (it's story boarded yay).



Hi guys,

I need the practice in creating a full fledged manga before trying to make my own, and have decided i'd like to enlist the help of MangaRaiders in order to fulfill this desire. I will leave the story to you, but will offer suggestions occasionally. I will create all artwork for this.

Here's what i need as a minimum:

  • A completed Script
  • Detailed descriptions of the characters to appear/character bio's
  • You, as a member of this forum to be a regular poster.
  • An Original story (ie, not a fanfic)
So, there's my proposal. I'd like to collaborate to create something special. I'm not that bothered about setting, genre (aslong as it's not porn basically) or anything else really. I am relatively untested in creation of full pages, so we're both taking a gamble on each other in my opinion :)

This is meant to be a short-term project, finishing around September. (we can always continue if im having fun, however it'd be at a much slower pace as i'd be starting my final year of university).

If you'd provide a brief synopsis of your story (either via PM or in here), that's good. Make sure to comment here though stating you've sent a PM/are interested/with your synopsis, please.

I wanted a new gallery where i could keep all my stuff dedicated to my Manga, The Witch Rox in one place.

Over the next week, i'll be pushing out concept art dedicated to each character (So character sheets &, exression sheets and gestures of each characters basically), then environments for the world.

Here's the opening sketches of Rox that I was doing in spare time (about 5-mins each). I'll be doing lots of things like this to familiarise myself better with drawing Rox & unannounced characters.

Hi everyone! I was trying to create a poll, but i'm not sure how. I was basically wondering, would you read a manga if the character art was drawn like this:

It is a very quick, dirty and easy way for me to draw. It allows me to create posed out and drawn characters like that in about 20-30 minutes, inked in 5 and probably another 15-20 minutes if i were to tone the drawing too.

If i were to make a manga in this style, i'd obviously use cleaner looking lines, this is more of a concept of what a character would look like. Usually my drawing preference is more like this:

and sometimes like this, but not often:

The style at the top requires less effort, as i don't bother measuring proportions, or mapping out basic anatomy. Instead i just draw circles/squares to draw stuff.

Manga Writer workshop / Character Design workshop
« on: January 30, 2016, 12:04:49 PM »
Hi folks, I thought it'd be fun to place a character design workshop in the writer section. As someone who isn't great at writing, i'm hoping it'll help me improve by illustrating what the MR community finds interesting about characters, and what makes them unique and memorable for stories.

One of the main issues i see from occasionally lurking the writer sections are as follows; Characters aren't described well enough to be envisioned. From this, I think we should be focused on creating detailed accounts of our characters appearances. I feel this should range from hair style, eye colour and style, body frame, clothing design, etc.

Second, I think it would be cool to then outline their personality. So, this would be to discuss how they walk, how they talk, how they react and how they behave. It should outline how they feel, and link to their actions in the story.

These two points are what i feel MR sometimes lacks, but feel free to disagree. I'm mainly just interested in seeing how writers create a character sheet/frame of reference for their characters.

Also, as an ulterior motive, I also plan on creating a backlog of characters to draw out. These will be a minimum of fully lined characters, but im hoping to fully colour them as well. If you do not wish for me to do that, then please feel free to state it.
Edit: Just to note, i won't be claiming originality of these characters, and they'll only be posted to MR.

I'll be posting more specific examples tomorrow morning. I'm off to bed soon.

Manga Creations / Whatever Witches! Ch. 1
« on: August 25, 2015, 05:18:24 AM »
Yo guys, this is where i'll be placing finished chapters of my Manga; currently titled "Whatever Witches".

Synopsis; Liru is a young witch who lives alone in a forest, practicing every day to become 'the worlds most powerful witch'. There's just one problem, Liru does not have an ounce of magical talent in her body. This Manga will follow Liru's journey to becoming great, as she battles not only the world around her, but her own incompetence.

Genre; Lighthearted comedy, Slice of Life.

Ch. 1
Page 1
Liru is standing confidently in frame, her eyes and smile wide. She points her wand at a glass sitting atop a rock. She lifts her free arm, and places her palm out. She waves her wand, and shouts; "Abracadabra, Alakazam! Lift this glass into my hand".  The tip of liru's wand gloes pink, and the glass begins to slowly levitate. EFFECT: BOOM.

Page 2
Liru is on her bum, being knocked down by an explosion. We see anger/frustration in her face, As she begins to yell. A frog jumps onto the rock, and speaks; "Liru, if you can't even even lift a glass how do you expect to ever be recognised as a powerful witch?"

Page 3
Liru lifts herself up from her fallen position and speaks; "I know, shut up."
Liru begins walking away from the frog, "I'm going to go gather berries. I'll train more later", she waves.

Page 4
As liru walks through the forest, she sees amongst the grass a purple potion, with a green tick on it. Curious, Liru picks it up, and pops the lid. a small amount of smoke comes out of it. She raises the glass to her nose and takes a sniff.

Page 5
"MMMMMMHHHHMMMM", "This smells delicious" Liru gasps. She quickly gulps down the potion.

TBC, i'm a slow writer. I think this will translate better into a Manga, but it looks cool in my head. Ayy lmao.
I'm aiming for 10 pages per chapter, so it's not going to be a big thing.

General Discussion / Speed drawing/Timelapse Discussion!
« on: August 10, 2015, 12:00:53 AM »
Okay guys, there was a thread that spawned an argument, with the gist being that people want to actually discuss speed-drawings.

What are speed-drawings?
Speed drawings are recordings of artists drawing a particular subject - usually with music or commentary dubbed over them - that have been sped up and posted to a video hosting website.

What is the purpose of a speed drawing?
Whilst that will depend from artist to artist, they are usually created to show off artwork, show an artists process, to promote an artist or to entertain an audience.

So, let's have a discussion about artists, what we find useful about speed drawings and really anything you find interesting about them!

My favourite speed drawing artist is definitely Aekkarat, also known as "Webang111" on youtube! Here's a link;

Feel free to also self-promote your channels/videos in here.

Disclaimer: Please keep all discussion civil. The expressed views in this thread are those of their individual authors, and are not an attack on you, your beliefs or processes.

Graphic Softwares / MediBang Paint Pro; A suggestion for comic creation
« on: August 06, 2015, 09:52:32 PM »
Hey everyone, This is going to act as a small 'review' for MediBang Paint Pro (I'll call it MBPP for quickness).

So, first off; MBPP is the successor/replacement to CloudAlpaca, the cloud based version of FireAlpaca. The software is completely free to use, and is clearly designed to be a Manga Creation software, coming with Screen Tones, speech bubbles, text, etc. The software comes with 12 brushes by default, and you can create/add custom brushes. Similarly, it comes with all the normal bells and whiltles you'd expect to come with an art program; options to flip your canvas, selection tools, layer options and more.

Currently, i've fallen in love with the G-Pen tool, which is honestly better than the line art tools i currently use in Photoshop! This softwares strengths are certainly set to Black and white drawing, and Toning. I personally couldn't get the hang of painting, but i only picked it up an hour ago, so maybe i'll eventually get that down with time.

Further, the software comes with multiple templates for you to select as your canvas, taking the guess work out of it for people like me. I never know what canvas size to use.

What really, really impressed me where the built in "Snap tools", which include grids, 1-point perspective rulers, speed line tools and more.

For reference, doing this took about 20 minutes on my first attempt;

For reference, as stated earlier, i couldn't achieve a painterly look, which for me usually looks like this which i doodled the other day.

So, I'm here to get some advice from the artists & writers of this forum.

What do you do when you're just tired of trying and failing? Christ, I try to stay upbeat about art, i really, really do. But *censored*, I seriously just feel so tired of everything. I'm not good, I'm not capable and quite frankly i can't seem to progress like everyone else.

I'm just so done with having to pretend that I know what I'm doing when I open my canvas, I'm so tired of going online to find 'inspiration', when really I've never had it. Yes, I appreciate the techniques, the talents, the skills of what other artists do. I adore the brushwork of Sargent, but nothing makes me go 'oh, i want to do that.'

I'm tired of it all, I don't know what to do any more. Literally the only way i can draw now is by trying to create other peoples ideas in my own image, but even that never turns out well.

I'm just tired. I don't belong here, or in any art community that i've tried to assimilate into.

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