Okay I got a lot of questions regarding my style, the amount of time I needed to get to the point I am now. How I am able to copy the style. How I am doing it. Which tools I use to make it look like the original/ traditional manga style AND if I got any tips for you guys.
My answer is this video.
- As boring as it may sound, but all you have to do is keep on practising.
- Always look carefully at some pictures for references. Copy them first until you completely internalized the look of the character/s. You will see and be able to draw him/her/them freehand at some point.
- If it still seems not to be the exact style, just look again at your references.
- Don’t trace, since that will slow down your progress as you make it too easy for yourself to re-draw a specific style.
- Spot the special features of each style (for example: The eyes, hair style, outlines, detailed or not, shading- is it hatched or a soft grey shading)
- TRY AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. ;)
- I use (only used) and will always use Photoshop. I like to draw in a tradtional way, even when I use my graph tablet, which is from AIPTEK in A4, and this program allows me to do so.
- In the video you can see why. I use a simple brush with pressure point function. Then sketch the character. Afterwards I ALWAYS use the Smudge tool to shove the lines while cleaning them as well. (Here I replace the rubber and extra lining)
- You can also see, that I am using a tool, which is able to liquify/ shove the lines. I need this to correct the angle, perspective etc.. You don’t have to re-draw every single line in CS with the help of it ;)
- As for the tips in general..Like I obviously did in this video (especially when you try to copy exactly) USE a reference.
- And If that won’t work out..- BE GLAD you have your own handwriting! It’s the best you can have as an artist. And in most cases it will be formed by trying out different art styles. (mostly the ones you love, since progress comes always faster, when you’re interested in the things you try to learn^^)
- You can see in this video, that I also have to correct a lot, because I have my own handwriting and it’s hard to keep it away.
- How long did it take me to be able to ‘master’ an artist style? I am 27 years old by now and it took me exactly 25 years and a half…joking! But not entirely. ;p
I never stopped drawing and my first attempts to copy a style to make it look a little more canon (for me as a fan as well) started when I was 10 years old and wished for some pairings in Dragonball =D
It looked like that:
Worse…Wedding Peach xD :
And later on One Piece (I believe I was 14 years old here):
These are ONLY 3 different art styles out of (not exaggerating) maybe fifty, I tried to copy/ use?
Here are some more (always influenced by the manga I read/ loved at those times)
See? Everybody starts at some point, so just never stop trying! =)
And while I am able to do this now:
..I am happy that I managed to create my own precious baby, growing up together with me:
I hope that helps in some way and thank you guys so much for your lovely words and support! I always read your messages and try to answer them. <3