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Develop Your Story / My Journey
« on: June 27, 2018, 07:42:08 AM »
Ok so I've always been a fan of watching Draw my Life videos and wanted to make a draw my life but as a webcomic.  I'm revealing some of my personal life a bit earlier then I was going to (some of you are probably curious about who I am) but I want to focus more about how I became an artist.

Just want to say right now that early on in my life I was never interested in art at all, I actually hated the fact that I was put in art class in middle school because it was required.  Even though I didn't care about art at the time, my parents and grandparents would always tell me to avoid chasing an art degree as it "wouldn't get me anything in life and was the most useless degree."

While growing up in elementary school I had a friend "N" that I would always hang out with, we'd play video games together.  But in middle school, one of the things I liked to do was play Yu Gi Oh with "N" and he had a friend "T." I didn't really know "T" that well as he was just a friend of a friend and that he played Yu Gi Oh.  Little did I know that "T" was going to be the biggest reason I stuck to being an artist.

In 2013 I was in high school one I had an online friend "S" that I would play video games with and sometimes when I tried to talk to him he would say he was watching an anime.  The most ironic thing was I didn't know what he meant by anime but I would watch Naruto (in dub) all the time thinking it was a cartoon.  Over summer break he got me hooked onto anime especially on the series Bleach (I also realized that whenever my friend "N" would come over to my house to watch his anime that it wasn't just another cartoon).  When I told my dad about anime you would never guess his reaction.
He was like "I love anime too" then showed me his collection that was sitting out in open the entire time, 3 book cases worth of anime (2 taller than me and 1 half my height).  I thought those were just movies he had because every week he would buy movies and because he also has bookcases full of movies.  He told me that he always watched it when I was asleep because he didn't know if I was mature enough for some of them (really bloody ones).

After watching Bleach I decided that I wanted to write anime myself, quickly finding out that most animes come from manga I would chase writing a manga.  I knew that some mangaka had pen names so this is when I decided for my own pen name.  I was a super weeb at the time so I came up with Matsui Kenshin which later became MK when I became less of a weeb.  If you didn't know about my signature, it's actually 2 signatures in one.  My actual name is Nikholas so if can be shortened to Nik.  Signature looks something like /\/\/<.  Back to the story...  I would just casually write just thinking about cool action scenes with no actual story telling but I watched even more anime for ideas and I mean an insane amount of anime.  My dad always wondered why I was tired but here was my real schedule:

Wake up at 6:00 Go to school > Come home and play video games > lie about my homework being complete > Eat > "Go to bed" > Watch anime in bed until 2 or 3
Wake up randomly > Play video games > Eat > "Go to bed" > Watch anime until 2 or 3

I was probably the worst kid ever and sometimes the video games were replaced watching anime.  That is until I mastered the art of multi-tasking.  I would use my dual monitors to watch anime at the same as play somewhat intense video games (at first in dubbed but then in subbed and I would almost never have to rewind).  During this time I got a lot closer to "T" as he was the only one who mostly had the same lunch times (we had 3 different lunch times) and classes with me

Going back to the stories, I would mostly write them in school but I knew I had to get an artist to draw it for me since I didn't know how to draw.  I knew 3 artists at the time:
"T" (same one as earlier) who said he didn't like to draw things besides fan art so I moved on
"C" who liked my (completely terrible) story but always seemed too busy
"J" who didn't care at all

That's when I came to this site, I didn't really get any artists so after a few weeks I decided, I can just learn to draw myself!!  I first started copying anime eyes and I showed them to "T" who said he liked them and that I should become an artist.  I'm going to be totally honest... I went to Youtube to learn to draw an anime girl and found Mark Crilley's video.  The first step was to draw a circle...
I struggled drawing a circle for a few minutes before putting my paper on my laptop screen and tracing Mark Crilley's circle.
Of course I finished following the tutorial step by step with the exact same anime girl and the next day showed my friend "T" who said I was doing good and should keep going.  With this encouragement I just kept on drawing trying to improve, I wrote some stories on the side but I thought it would take me much longer to draw professionally than it would to write good stories.  Of course I still played lots of video games and watched lots of anime so my family didn't really think drawing was going to be a big thing (and yes I was still getting very little sleep with all the anime at night).

Like I said, I am a trouble child...  It's 2015 and barely scrape by high school (it's because of the homework, I did really good on tests despite drawing in EVERY class).  I was able to go to a community college somehow but i'll tell you this, the habits didn't change.  In fact it got so bad that I was literally cutting classes to go upstairs in the library and draw the entire time.  Another thing is that got really depressed but I also started to read webcomics, I loved the color in them and this is when I became less weebish.  During that time I came across Yuumei's webcomic Fisheye Placebo and that is when I decided I wanted to my art my life.  After a year my parents found out about my grades in college and a bit to my surprise they actually told me that college isn't for everyone (my grandparents still bug me to go back to college) and that they weren't disappointed in me.  They didn't want me to do nothing but draw so they told me if I get a job that they don't care how I spend my free time.  Since then I've been in and out of a couple jobs but still doing the normal video games/anime/drawing but watching much less anime since I've watched sooooo much anime in the past few years and there aren't as many animes that interest me as much.  As for creating my own webcomic, I've redone it like 4 times now because I was just not happy with the art. I'm actually at the point where I know there is a lot of stuff I can improve on but I'm confident enough to let people read my stories at my current art level.

There is still so much more that will come and I am probably the worst role model to follow.  Just want to let people know that anyone can become an artist it just takes a lot of practice. June 27, 2018

Edit:  Wow, it's been a lot has happened since I wrote this.  Well I basically ended up jumping around to a few jobs before getting into the military.  I really haven't done much with my webcomic besides rewrite it but I am starting to live stream my art.  I am working towards the webtoons contest but I might get overwhelmed with the amount of drawing I have to do on top of my job.  May 24, 2020

General Discussion / Youtube channels for artists
« on: June 24, 2018, 07:48:02 PM »
When I first started to draw I used youtube tutorials from Mark Crilley and Draw with Jazza but what I really want to talk about are other artists who might not be quite as well known but put out quality content that is focused around getting you to improve and/or inspired.  While this is a forum meant for manga, I think that realism does have an important role and I will put variety of different channels if it relates to art.  I will leave descriptions and links below

This list is big enough to warrant a spoiler
Kienan Lafferty
This is definitely my favorite channel and I think artists of any skill level can learn from Kienan.  If you've ever played League of Legends, he has made some of the splash arts such as Ahri, Foxfire Ahri, Diana, Lulu, Sejuani and more.  He has great tutorials on design and I recommend him especially for those really good artists who are looking to get into the next level.
Youtube | Patreon

Istebrak has a channel focused around critiques on realism.  Even if it isn't your art that she might be critiquing, you can learn from other people's mistakes and can still apply the critiques to your art if it applies.  It's not only her anatomy that you can learn from but she goes in depth on light and how it interacts with objects.
Youtube | Patreon | | Google+

Art Side of Life
If you are looking to get inspired then I think this is one of the best channels.  Iva interviews professional artists twice a week and you can listen to their art journey and what their tips to artists who might want to make it their full time job.
Youtube | Art Side of Life | Iva's Gallery

DokiDoki Drawing
This is probably the most relevant channel on this list to MR since it's about professional manga artists who give interviews, tutorials and draw side by side with amateurs to tell them how they can improve their drawing.

Trent Kaniuga
I highly recommend Trent for anyone looking to get into the game industry.  He makes tutorials and he gives commentary over his art with his thought process.  Trent has worked on so many games and it's pretty crazy: CannonBallers (Mobile), Overwatch (PC, PS4), League of Legends (PC), Diablo 3 (PC,PS4), Hearthstone (Mobile, PC), Burning Crusade (PC), Wrath of the Lich King (PC), Final Fight Streetwise (PS2), He Man (GBA), Terminator 3 (GBA)
Youtube | Gumroad

Marc Brunet has worked for Blizzard and is the CEO of Cube Brush which is centered around tutorials and 2d/3d assets for art.  He not only gives tutorials on 2d art but 3d modeling as well.
Youtube | Cubebrush

Bobby Chiu
Bobby has a channel where he will talk about art topics and he also interviews other artists which I always think is a great thing to hear from someone in the industry. He has done concept designs of monsters in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Men in Black 3.  Bobby is also a teacher at Schoolism which is an online school specifically for digital artists.
Youtube | Schoolism

I recommend Irshad Karim's channel to people looking to improve (especially for beginners).  His lessons primarily focus around the basics of drawing and being able to draw anything.  He is a concept designer, game programmer and the creator of, a site meant to get artists of any level to professional with practice exercises.
Youtube | Patreon | | Twitch |

This channel is more about comic artists but he takes clips/videos from many different artists who explain their process (with their permission).

Jason Brubaker
Jason is a webcomic artist who is featured on Line Webtoon and makes videos on the process of creating a comic.  Again, it might not be manga but it is related to the industry (especially since Line Webtoon puts out weekly content like manga does).  His works include Sithrah and reMIND.
Youtube | Patreon | Webtoons | reMIND

Howard Wimshurst
Howard is a freelance animator but even if you don't want to make an animation, i think it's still good to learn about as you start to think of how things move in motion.
Youtube | Patreon | Animator Guild |

McKay & Gray
This one is a bit different than the other channels as it is a writer/artist duo that creates videos for both sides.  While they might not be published they have created the series Pretty Mouth, Sovereign: The Most Amazing Comic Ever, and The Magpie.
Youtube | Kickstarter | Tapas | Webtoons

Xabio Arts
Andrew makes very funny videos but the way he simplifies some of the anatomy definitely can help beginner artists
Youtube | (right now it just redirects you to youtube)

Sinix Design
Sinix has many interesting videos but I recommend him for his art theory, anatomy quick tips and unique mechs.
Youtube | Patreon

Jessica creates various video tutorials but also has does a lot of art challenges if you ever have the feeling of not knowing what to do.
Youtube | Redbubble

Tala makes manga how to draw tutorials which have a variety of different ways you could do the same thing while some other channels might only show you one way to do something.
Youtube | Patreon | Twitch

Reiq is a freelance illustrator and character designer who has tutorials and commentaries.  Although I think he moved more onto Patreon he still posts videos occasionally and his older videos can still be useful.
Youtube | Patreon

Ahmed Aldoori
Ahmed has a really cool semi-realistic style and like REIQ, has gone a bit more onto patreon but he has various videos on anatomy and color.
Youtube | Patreon |

I wanted to keep the mainstream Youtube artists separate since most people probably already watch them but you should check them out anyways.

The other list was in a spoiler so this one deserves one too
Mark Crilley is pretty much the manga Youtuber and has several different tutorials on how to draws and how to create an interesting story.  Mark is a published author/illustrator of over 40 books, some of which are in a manga style.

Stan Prokopenko's channel is mostly about anatomy but even when creating a manga you need to know some anatomy to get proportionally correct characters.  Outside of Youtube, Stan is a painting teacher at Watts Atelier of the Arts and Canyon Crest Academy.
Youtube |

Sycra Yasin has many video tutorials on anatomy and art theories but he has more of an anime style (he likes to call his style a pointy style).
Youtube | Patreon |

Draw with Jazza
Josiah Brooks has a channel that has tutorials (2d, VR and animation), challenges, reviews and motivation/inspiration/advice.  I feel he is more of a jack of all trades so you can easily switch between mediums or get information on them if you are interested
Youtube |

I excluded a lot of Youtube channels that were more about speedpaints and mainly used channels that centered around tutorials/guides.  Also keep in mind that the content of these channels may change from being an art channel at any time.   If your channel is in this post and you wish to have the description changed or removed from this list then send me a message.

General Discussion / Critique Center
« on: June 23, 2018, 09:36:15 AM »
So I've been through nearly everyone's art and a lot of times I don't know if they want a critique or not.  I wanted to make this thread to know which people want critiques because I know not everyone does want them, sometimes it might feel like someone is trying to insult your art if you've never had one before.

For those who truly want to improve as fast as they can, then critiques are the best way to do that.  Critiques help because they point out the mistakes you make that you might have not known about and/or how to improve on them.  Even professional artists admit that critiques will sometimes save you years of practice just by pointing out a flaw that they might have.  Just remember, critiques are there to help you and to accept critiques from anyone no matter their level because they might be more knowledgeable about certain topics (although having a higher skill level does allow people to make more precise critiques)

I'm not saying you can't get better without critiques, just that they really speed up the process.  Anyways leave your gallery link or post pictures that you want critiqued below if you are interested.

General Discussion / Line Webtoon Contest
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:00:52 PM »
I know most people here mostly talk about making anime and manga but I wanted to let you guys know about the webcomic contest over at Line Webtoon.  Here is a link to the contest but I will type it out in case anyone is wondering about it.

June 11 - September 13
Anyone can enter, just need to submit your webcomic

September 21
8 contestants are chosen (2 from each of the 4 categories)

September 22 - October 28
Contestants need to create 2+ episodes (chapters)

November 5
4 finalists are chosen (1 from each of the 4 categories)

November 6 - November 14
Finalists need to create 1+ episodes (chapters)

November 16
Winner is chosen

Most Gripping (5+ episodes with a minimum of 40+ panels per episode)
  • Thriller
  • Horror
  • Supernatural
  • Mystery/Crime
Most Laughs (8+ episodes with 12+ panels per episode)
  • Comedy
  • Slice of Life
Most Epic (4+ episodes with 35+ panels per episode)
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-fi
  • Action
  • Superhero

Most Feels (6+ episodes with 40+ panels per episode)
  • Drama
  • Romance

Top 8
  • $5,000
  • Invitation to Webtoon Green Room Party at NYCC
  • Offer to become featured (full time job where you get paid monthly)
  • Assistance from the editors
Top 4
  • $25,000 (Total of 30,000)

Grand Prize Winner
  • $50,000 (Total of 80,000)

Judging Criteria
40% Level of Audience Engagement

60% Judge Assigned Scores
  • 30 points Narrative
  • 40 points Genre-Specific Attributes
  • 30 points Pacing, Clarity, Readability

Then here are a couple other links that they have
Official Rules
Webcomic Tips

If you don't know how webcomics are different than your average manga then I shall explain.

First off, webcomics are generally colored while mangas are pretty much Black and White.  While there are some webcomics that are B&W, it's very rare but if you really want to go B&W then it isn't going to be the end of the world.
Another thing is that webcomics are meant to be read on phones or computers (compared to manga, comics, graphic novels being read in a book format) so they are optimized differently.  It uses infinite scrolling instead of page by page.  Often times the gutters (space in between panels) are huge so things don't seem as cluttered and you can use them to slow down a reader to get more suspense as they scroll to the next panel.  Another thing about the vertical scrolling is that you want to direct your reader ?down? instead of having panels ?side? by ?side? (unless the scene calls for it).

Graphic Softwares / How to fix Wacom Tablet in Photoshop
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:18:47 PM »
Just came across this problem recently since I haven't drawn in a bit

Windows 10 has made an update where Wacom tablets won't work unless you turned off "Use Windows Ink."  When you did that then the pressure sensitivity wouldn't but you could draw on the canvas.  I followed the directions in this video and I got back my pressure sensitivity.

Again, you also have to disable "Windows Ink" in your Wacom tablet settings and then follow the video.  I hope this helps anyone else having the same problem.

Manga Writers wanted / [Free Commission] Sketch your characters
« on: December 18, 2016, 09:57:13 PM »
Ok so I have much more free time now and I am willing to sketch your characters

Edit: Closed


Degenisis (jinglemaestro's character)

Corporal Daina Allens (Operative13's character)

What I need is for you to fill out this:
Age: What age they look like, if they look 16 but are 30 then just type 16
Body type: (skinny, lean, fat, muscular, etc)
Hair style:
Hair color:
Eye color:
Background: If you don't want a background then just type "Blank"
I might or might not color your character but it is up there so I can imagine it.  Also picture references would be great but don't go overboard and tell me to mash 10 different anime characters together.  We can just keep changing the character until it fits what you want so don't get upset if it isn't perfect the first time.

Status: Working on Creating.manga's character
Waitlist: 5

MR Pub / Happy Birthday Froggy
« on: August 04, 2016, 08:33:39 AM »
Happy Birthday Froggy

Here's some Fairy Tail cake

MR Pub / Happy Birthday Hope4Future
« on: July 29, 2016, 09:45:05 AM »
Happy Birthday Hope4Future

I'm pretty sure Akame Ga Kill is the anime of your profile pic

MR Pub / Happy Birthday Jakeyboy726
« on: July 24, 2016, 03:50:53 AM »
Happy Birthday Jakeyboy 726

Sorry, a little too much frosting on your cake.  I hope you don't mind...

MR Pub / Happy Birthday ToxicWaste97
« on: July 24, 2016, 03:44:40 AM »
Happy Birthday ToxicWaste97

I hope you like chocolate cake

MR Pub / Happy Birthday lasthope2300
« on: July 22, 2016, 02:05:19 PM »
Happy Birthday lasthope2300

Totally didn't take a bite of your cake...

MR Pub / Happy Birthday tepperz
« on: July 22, 2016, 01:58:25 PM »
Happy Birthday tepperz

I hope you like strawberry cake

MR Pub / Happy Birthday Ser0ooo
« on: July 20, 2016, 04:02:03 AM »
Happy Birthday Ser0ooo

Have some cake before I eat it :3

MR Pub / Happy Birthday Manimal
« on: July 14, 2016, 03:20:47 AM »
Happy Birthday Manimal

Don't worry about the cake, we are just casting magical powers on it...

MR Pub / Happy Birthday midsummer_feast
« on: July 13, 2016, 03:17:48 AM »
Happy Birthday midsummer_feast

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