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Manga Art Gallery / Re: Scruffyronin Gallery
« on: April 04, 2022, 06:42:40 AM »
I feel like a genuine mangaka everytime I use a G pen.

Draw a girl. Look at something you find sexy(women) and then compare. Put to use your observations in your next drawing. What does your drawing/way of drawing women lack? Compare again. Rinse and repeat.

Fully concur. It's what I did years ago and I'm enjoying the fruit of my labor.

Tips and Tutorials / Re: 4 main reasons why you can't draw something
« on: March 20, 2022, 08:34:32 PM »
I just experienced this when drawing a bicycle the other day, I suddenly realized I had no idea how many distinct parts there were. Like I know the rough shape, but nothing specific about how the handlebars or brakes look etc. All individually easy but adding all the details all at once is difficult at first.

Yes, and like I said: the more component you know, the closer you get to being a master. Pros/master can add so much that it's realistic. Gotta grind for them details.

Manga Talk / Re: Manga drawn in Pencil and Other Techniques
« on: March 20, 2022, 01:57:05 AM »
Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal is why I wanted to be a manga artist.

Manga Talk / Re: what manga are u reading now?
« on: March 20, 2022, 01:46:18 AM »
Like, even if I am scrolling on my phone I'd rather tap to go to the next page/panel - do you know how much time is wasted scrolling manually? A lot, I can tell you that.

Never got into them for that reason.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Scruffyronin Gallery
« on: March 19, 2022, 10:43:21 PM »
Recent sketches.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Scruffyronin Gallery
« on: March 19, 2022, 10:22:23 PM »
Oh that's interesting to know...I want to make a weekly manga (in my dreams!), so I somehow need to make high quality at high speed :/

Ah shame about the eyesight, hopefully it wasn't caused by drawing too much.... /(T_T;)\

I draw digitally so resolution is more of a thing than size, although I've been getting used to drawing at certain levels of zoom, which replicates drawing on a certain size paper.

Yeah, that's the advantage of digital. I do rough sketches digitally sometimes but final art will still be traditional. I just love working traditionally.

FanFics / Blame_Authority
« on: March 19, 2022, 08:40:19 PM »
A 4-page doujinshi of Blame that I made years ago when I was still reading it. I intended to make another 4-page chapter but work got in the way then I lost interest.

Now, it's a memento of what I can do with 3 pens and a master study of Nihei's style.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Scruffyronin Gallery
« on: March 19, 2022, 08:15:48 AM »
ah makes sense to use digital tones for sure.

how long does it roughly take to make one page if you dont mind me asking?

I do pages at 10"x15" and I can pencil and ink a page in 1 1/2 day. Tones for just a few hours. When I was younger, I can do 1 and half page per day at legal size. Since my eyesight went bad, had to do them at 10"x15". So, I can still add detail.

Tips and Tutorials / Re: How far I gotten
« on: March 19, 2022, 08:09:05 AM »
Makes sense, I've done pretty much the same myself. A big step for me was composition, i.e. making shots interesting rather than just standing characters doing nothing.

Pick up tricks from your heroes. Learn their approach to talking heads, close-ups, action shots, different emotions, etc. That's how I did. And then, get ambitious. Don't settle for how your heroes did things, be playful from to time. I realized that I can't wow other people if I can't wow myself.

Tips and Tutorials / Re: How far I gotten
« on: March 18, 2022, 08:11:05 PM »
I wholeheartedly agree, that's the best and fastest way.
But quite difficult to get into that mindset, which is a skill in itself I think :P

@scruffyronin you mean you got good at 25 or that's when you started? How long did it take to build your skill?

I started at 25. Late bloomer. I was already a dad at the time too and with my second kid on the way. Learned anatomy first. And secondly, since my characters can't be naked all the time. Learned draping ie clothes. Third since they can't exist in limbo, studied background too and so forth.

3-4 years, I think. I was a professional 5 years later. But, I already knew what I knew then after 3. Just that making a portfolio and getting the word out takes time.

Tips and Tutorials / Re: How far I gotten
« on: March 17, 2022, 08:53:23 PM »
Exciting times ahead and happy for you. I was where you are decades ago.

The best advice I can give are 1) draw like your life depends on it. And 2) draw so much that it gets to be a habit, an itch you just gotta scratch. That when you're away from a pencil and paper. You're itching just to get back to them because you thought of something cool that you just gotta draw.

Those two are the catalysts that happily forced me to learn at age 25.

Tips and Tutorials / Re: 4 main reasons why you can't draw something
« on: March 17, 2022, 08:30:47 PM »
"1) they don't understand what something should look like."

As with everything. You can't draw a face, a tank, a jacket, helicopter, assault rifle properly if one doesn't know the components.

First, as with the face, you have to know that there are eyes, nose, brows, lips, etc before you can draw a convincing face. And, the more component you know, the closer you get to being a master. E.g. to draw a convincing semi-auto pistol- you'd have to know that there's a slider, ejection port, rear and front sights, a magazine, cocking serration, trigger and trigger guard, etc. Don't really need to know the names, just know what they look like.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Scruffyronin Gallery
« on: March 17, 2022, 08:01:25 AM »
very professional looking work!
Great use of camera angles and body language to convey what's going on.
Also lovely backgrounds and vehicles.
And to top it off a nice use of screen-tones and ink effects to add textures and convey depth.

is this your own story you are drawing, or it's a team project?
also if I'm correct, this is all done treaditionally? if so, then extra nice :P
Yes, thank you. It's written by Will Wallner with art by me. And, it's traditional lineart and Photoshop tones.

Still looking dope!

It's been a long minute Scruffy, how's life been?
Thank you! Busy with work.

I'm good

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