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General Manga writer discussions / Re: Writing Log
« on: May 13, 2022, 10:49:27 AM »
Ah yeah the license plate thing...I've done that too :P
I made a little program ages ago that gave me random letter combos for inspiration...I'll have to dig that out again :P

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Suuper's manga (+digital and 3D)
« on: May 13, 2022, 10:43:38 AM »
The quest continues for the ultimate cuteness

The previous old WIP for comparison:
Almost every sketch gets a nice level up these days which is awesome. I basically take the "core" idea of the old sketch and completely redraw it with my new skill level, which produces much more varied and complex ideas. In some cases there almost is no core idea at all, it's just so completely generic that I can do whatever I want with it. But my newer concept sketches are much better and so won't need as much alteration when I finally get to processing those.

Also improved my guidelines for the resolved quality of sketch, I was having issues knowing how much quality to put into the guides themselves since the resolved sketch is also a sort of guideline, for the lineart. Previously I just drew a neat figure and basically winged the entire sketch over the top, which wasn't great but produced passable work for the most part.

So now I've got this "very rough lines but mostly in the right place" sort of guideline style that sort of works for the moment. Doesn't take too long and it's pretty clear to see when I'm sketching over the top since the lines are so thick (even at a lower transparency). The thicker lines are easier to see without focusing too hard on the screen so it saves getting eyestrain a fair bit.

Blue for body, and then I go over in a new layer with red for clothes and details.
The body is actually the third iteration of the figure guidelines that I draw, which is why it's quite accurate. Can't get that quality on the first try...yet :P

Definitely room for improvement, I'm still not sure how to get high accuracy BG guidelines in place without spending a lot of time drawing vanishing points and so on. But it's an improvement nonetheless, and I might draw manga in the above style in the future as it's a step up from the low quality inking that I've done previously. I could erase the parts of the body that aren't needed and I'll have a decent rough quality, but higher accuracy overall.

Focus has been pretty rough lately but I think that's because I'm hitting this quality control issue at the higher level and I can't find a solution that I like yet. Basically how to get the lines I want without redrawing multiple times. I don't mean when I draw the line wrong by accident, but when I actually don't even know what I want in the first place. Especially when drawing pleated skirts this is an issue as I'm trying to resolve the complex folds and interactions and I dont know if it looks good until I've drawn the whole thing and can evaluate it. really I want to evaluate in my head and draw the result which I know is correct. Not sure if this is just a "me" problem or it plagues other artists as well, but I wouldn't be surprised either way. I just need a ton of experience and that'll help, probably :P

But it seems like I'm making progress so I'm hopeful for the future :P
I really want to get back to writing some manga soon, but not sure how to fit it in with my art projects, so always a crunch with scheduling.
Onwards and upwards.

Anime Talk / Re: Ikkitousen
« on: May 13, 2022, 10:05:19 AM »
ah right, yeah that sounds pretty awful. Having a condition like that can definitely make it harder to focus on things. Make sure to follow the doctor's advice which it sounds like you're doing, keep it up.

Sometimes we can set too high goals for ourselves like "I won't feel good about myself until I've published a book" or something very large, sometimes we need smaller goals that are easily achievable like "I'm going to write for 10 minutes each day", and each small accomplishment can contribute to our well-being and self-confidence.
Or we can punish ourselves too hard for not reaching the goals, "I'm a horrible person for not being able to draw today", and that's also destructive.

I personally find it useful to have a routine that doesn't change every day (at least in some aspects, like mornings or evenings), so I always have some stability in what I expect to happen from day to day. Then you can go to sleep knowing what's going on the next day, which can help with productivity.

Anime Talk / Re: Ikkitousen
« on: May 11, 2022, 11:01:07 AM »
I think a very important step is understanding yourself, your limits, your strengths and weaknesses, and how to deal with your weak points so that they don't cause you trouble. I personally have trouble getting to sleep on time so to help with that I set timers to remind me to start winding down, and another for when I should actually be in bed.

It might help looking at the best points in your life and saying "what happened differently to make it good?", and the same with the negative times "what caused me to feel so negative?". Sometimes just a small negative feeling can snowball into a depressive episode. But catching it early and consciously rejecting it can help to start recovering immediately.

Anime Talk / Re: Ikkitousen
« on: May 10, 2022, 04:14:38 PM »
sometimes you don't have to create a unique world, but rather create a relatable world with one unique feature. Such as Gintama = "Samurai era, but with aliens". Having an era or genre that people recognize immediately can really help with world building as your audience already "know" a lot from their previous experience from watching similar genres.

I'm OK with you messaging me to discuss things but I won't always be able to answer right away as I'm very busy a lot of the time. I'm also not too great with reviewing writing as I don't read very much.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: JGun's Arts (Just learning) Again...
« on: May 10, 2022, 04:09:58 PM »
my best piece of advice for drawing (or writing) a story is to make sure you have a rough plan for the entire story first, even if it's just a couple of  lines, otherwise you might end up losing direction if you just focus on the art side.
looking forward to seeing and reading more then :D

Anime Talk / Re: Ikkitousen
« on: May 10, 2022, 01:21:33 AM »
Since I plan to write a manga, I take a lot of inspiration from my favourite manga.

Do you have any sort of story idea you're working on yet?
Like what genre etc

Manga Art Gallery / Re: JGun's Arts (Just learning) Again...
« on: May 10, 2022, 01:19:15 AM »
welcome back!
Yeah college can be like that sometimes.....(>_<)
Glad you haven't lost interest!
And nice page.....good angles and shading, would love to see more! Is this part of a story you're writing or just a test page?

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Desi's Artwork
« on: May 10, 2022, 01:17:53 AM »
nice stuff!
I especially like the glowy spirit animal on the second one, very detailled!
keep it up :D

Anime Talk / Re: ghost fighter talk
« on: May 09, 2022, 02:30:21 PM »
A lot of Japanese fantasy manga are based off of folklore or traditional beliefs, such as the spirit realm, ghosts , demons, angels etc.
There's a lot of interesting stuff if you look through different countries beliefs and legends.

Inspiration is very often a very small thing, which an artist or a writer will make into something big. It's like a seed that can grow any which way.
To me, inspiration is not as important as the skill required to actually create the book or the artwork.
If you have seen some artists, they work from random scribbles to create amazingly detailed artworks - that's not because they had good inspiration, but because they had good artistic skills. Inspiration is useful but it's only one tool in the toolbox, so I wouldn't be too worried about trying to figure out a specific artist's inspiration, find out what inspires YOU.

break Room / Re: question
« on: May 09, 2022, 02:26:39 PM »
Reading the news regularly can definitely be a mental strain. Social media can also be a drain. Sometimes it's best to just focus on yourself and do what makes you happy, be it playing games, watching films, drawing, whatever. No point in doing things that make you not enjoy life, try and avoid the things that cause you the most stress.

Members Manga / Re: The Eye of Light [Prototype]
« on: April 26, 2022, 04:09:22 PM »

Chapter 6 - Enter the Void

After a couple of delays we're back in business again.
6/10 chapters done fully now.

FanFics / Re: Blame_Authority
« on: April 22, 2022, 08:29:29 AM »
wow! great quality!
and telling a story in such a short page count is pretty impressive too.
taking inspiration from your favourite authors can really make a difference in putting an edge on your own work, something I've yet to do myself!
Great use of lines to create textures, it's created a very gritty style which suited the story.
Would definitely like to see another one :P

Members Manga / Re: Renegade Robot
« on: April 22, 2022, 07:55:16 AM »
Oh I remember seeing this ages ago!
You're still writing it! That's great!
It's a fun read with a relatively unique storyline. Definitely would want to see how the story goes from here.

Yes by definition creating a manga is also a writing project, but having the art makes it more final, i.e. that's the actual output, not just a script to draw later.

Regarding your video on your patreon, it's quite difficult to read the text, not only the multi-colour font is a bit funny on the eyes (try black with a white outline instead?), but the dark lines in the background interfere with reading it. Just a point.

Regarding your art, there's a couple of things that might make your work a little more polished with not too much effort. One is the line colours - it looks like it's drawn in pencil? That's not an issue having a dark grey colour, but the speech text is a solid black which contrasts strangely. Either make the font a dark grey instead or post edit your images to increase the contrast and make the lines black.
You could also use a fine-liner pen to go over the lines, making them solid black, and then erase all the pencil, but that's a bit of an increase in workflow and effort.

Here's an example that I edited the levels of in GIMP.

I also noticed on a few panels that your original sketch is showing through - it hasn't been erased properly.
Here's an image I edited to make it a little more visible:

Sketching rough with a 2H pencil, and "inking" final lines with a 2B pencil, might help to make your work pop more, and keep the rough sketches from showing through. Sketching more lightly will also make it easier to erase mistakes.

Keep it up! producing a finished product is no mean feat, and you've completed 5 chapters already! You've definitely got what it takes to get better :D

General Manga writer discussions / Re: Writing Log
« on: April 22, 2022, 07:36:49 AM »
So if I'm listening to a song and it speaks inspiration into my mind, I form a pretty strong attachment between said song and memory.
That makes a lot of sense, I can relate to that. Issue is when you have a small playlist you hear the same songs a lot and so you don't have so much of a unique association for each one.

Pick the first one that broadly aligns with the above criteria, and slap it in there.
I also do this for quick naming, and often enough as long as the name isn't crazy wrong it'll work as a final choice.
You can always use an autocorrect feature for complex names if you simply must have an annoying one. Not that I've ever done it but the feature exists. i.e. "Ga3" gets corrected to "Ga-reph-salome-napesh". I suggest using a number as that way you'll never mix it up with a normal word.

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