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IP logging is off, anonymous posting is on. So hit me. Something you always wanted to say to me or ask me but were too afraid/polite to do so? Now is the time to do it.

EDIT: I'll leave this here for whoever comes across this journal, or whoever lurks around it. -_^

Date: 2006-06-29 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Are you going to get a manga published by tokyopop as an OLE will you ever publish King of Spades in book form? Do you have any advice for people who want to be manga artists?
What is your goal as a manga artist and what are your favorite mangas and artists? What's the thing you hate most about manga? What about the actual drawing process?
Can you explain your process of how you get stories and art done? Thanx :-)

Date: 2006-06-29 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Woah, a lot of questions here!

1. I do plan on being published eventually (most likely by Tokyopop, but I'm keeping an open mind when reviewing publishers for the future as well), though I don't think King of Spades will be the story to be published (it's got...a lot of issues that I need to kink out)

2. Advice? Crap, I need advice for myself. I guess the first thing that comes to mind is...if you really want this, don't give up. But that applies to anything, really. Practice, practice, practice. Dream about practice. Look at everything (including manga) around you and study it, then use what you've seen to make something of your own. And...aaah man, there are so many people who have said this better and more concisely than I can. ^^;

3. My goal is to tell a story that I enjoy and that people enjoy too. And I've got...a lot of favorite manga and artists. ^^; Right now my favorite manga are xxxHolic, Negima!, Tramps Like Us (Kimi Wa Pet), Loveless and Antique Bakery to name a few. And my favorite artists are CLAMP (always!), Fumi Yoshinaga, Yun Kouga, Hinako Takanaga, Yukine Honami and Ken Akamatsu to also name a few.

4. What do I hate about manga? That's hard, because manga is so broad...there are certain things I hate about certain manga, but I kind of feel uncomfortable generalizing ALL of them to talk about what I hate about them. Still...I will say that I really don't like the tendency of a lot of manga to continue on forever- they're usually dragged on because of interest, but most of the them the story suffers because of this.

5. My drawing process is the most disorganized thing ever. I'm an impatient person by nature, so when I sketch I do it extremely loosely, because I like doing details in the inking stage, where it actually looks like I'm going somewhere. When I do pages I do very loose sketch (almost like a thumbnail), scan it in, mess with the sketch a bit more on the computer while inking at the same time. I tend to combine steps together, I guess, so I refine my pencilling while inking. It's weird.

Stories...are a bit tougher. I'm constantly coming up with concepts I find interesting (and those concepts can come from literally anywhere, from when I'm in the shower to when I'm in a class), but I've yet to find a concrete way to flatten them out into a form that I can easily do a comic from. It seems the longer the story is, the harder it is for me to do this. I'm experimenting though. I hate scripting so I think I'll be doing summaries and working off of them, making loose dialogue as I pencil pages based on that. We'll see where that goes. :)

Wow, that was long. But y'know what, this was a very helpful comment when I consider my current funny!

Date: 2006-06-29 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi there! :D

Date: 2006-07-04 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hey, it was really interesting coming across your journal. Scarily enough you're around the same age and Ghanaian I think I saw (though I'm Nigerian). I kind of expect that stereotypically you'd be pushed into a professional field that screams 'DOCTOR' or something. Though it seems that you really want to make it in the comics field (I wish you good luck).

Enough babbling though, my question for you is how you go about your inking process? Also if you don't mind could I friend you since you tend to post random art at times. You can also friend me if you want.

You can also descreen this comment. I'm not afraid :D

Date: 2006-07-05 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi there! Haha, you know, I feel like my parents are a bit abnormal when I compare them to most West African parents or something, if only because they're sort of...lax when it comes to their children's futures (mostly my mom, admittedly). Or it could be because I'm the youngest of three, so they're exhausted or something, I don't know. But yeah, I do know what you mean- my non-nuclear family is a bit more dismayed at where I'm going, but alas, comics have stolen my heart.

Anyway! About inking...first off, I do most of my inking digitally but I feel like the process is about the same for both methods. It's really all in the wrist. Quick strokes make for thinner lines and so I ink in quick strokes, get the general lineart down, and then go over the lineart to vary line width. After that's done, I fill in blacks wherever they're needed. It actually helps quite a bit to reference manga and study the style of inking done there, or at least that's what has worked for me.

And friend away! I'll return the favor. :)

Date: 2006-09-17 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Be thankful for their lax-ness!
My parents are a little less than unsupportive about my "artist phase" ... okay, I exagerrate. But they're not really into me focusing on art. At all. In their mind art = starvation, so you know. -_- et ptu.
I'm friending you, FYI. You're really cool. :P

Date: 2006-09-17 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, I definately am thankful for that fact! Fact is, art doesn't HAVE to be about starvation (even though I joke about being a hobo often, haha)...and generalizing it to that simple point really discredits a lot of artists' achievements, I think.

Friended back. :D


Date: 2006-07-09 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hello there! long time lurker, first time commenter. :3

Figured I'd stop being so dang shy and introduce myself.

So, um. Hi. :D



Re: Hi!

Date: 2006-07-09 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And a "Hi" right back atcha! ^_^ It's always really surprising to know that people lurk this place...but hey, I'm not complaining. XD

Date: 2006-07-28 09:23 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Short-time lurker here, though you probably might be able to figure out who I am since I got caught up and let my name slip quite quickly after browsing your entries xD

Anyway, I was looking through Tokyopop's site for new manga and I noticed your RSM entry, which I find quite refreshing since I haven't seen anything interesting since RSM1 (no offense to any other RSM winners around here) just thought I'd praise you on your style, if my meager praise means anything :3

Oh yeah and next weeks episode of PR will be killer XDDDDD *already got spoiled*

Annnnnd lastly I share your dreammmmm as well *_*

Date: 2006-07-29 07:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm such a flake so I really wasn't able to guess who you were XD;; But thank you so much for the compliments on my entry! When I look at it now I can still see a billion mistakes, but it's nice that at least some people liked it. ^_^ Despite all of the mistakes I see, I'm still quite happy with it...I really hope that translated onto the comic itself.

And aaaaauuugh how are you people finding out about PR spoilers so quickly? ;__; No, I'll watch the episode to find out what happens...even though all of this is really making me want to see who's kicked off, like, now. :<

Yay for wanting to be a comic artist!! I wish you luck on your endeavors as well!

Date: 2006-08-26 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
are you a man or a woman?

Date: 2006-08-27 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Woman. :D

Date: 2006-08-27 05:22 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Ooh. This is very nice. The layout, that is. Also, I enjoy your LJ's subtitle. bk

Date: 2006-08-27 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
the subtitle was put there just for you :D ♥

Date: 2007-02-15 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Finding LJs is really disturbingly easy. Or I'm a creepy stalker. You be the judge!


Date: 2007-02-16 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh snap! I...guess it is randomly easy to find people on lj. :O Granted, it's not like I'm particularly secretive about myself, so...!

Date: 2007-02-16 06:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, there are...okay, there are a lot of people with Williams as an interest, but not that many who are also on CFO.

Date: 2007-07-24 02:41 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I think your art has a wonderful flare to it, you can draw emotions and make them feel authentic, lively, and make people come to life. You have a great grasp at tones and the shoujo-feel.

It's everything else that you have to work on.
I'm not telling you this because I want you to fail, I want you to succeed so much. I want you to be a great artist, you're an amazing artist and you need to show the world what you're made of. I would tell you this face to face, I really hate anonymous commenting, but I feel my own artistic abilities might not be on par with criticizing your art.

You really, really need to stop just drawing pretty faces, Shady. You fill pages up with them, but the rest of the content feels sorely lacking. Your line art is gorgeous, you can draw fast, but you spend so much space on faces and not much on anything else and it shows. You have to expand, you have to get better, you will be FABULOUS once you break through. It feels as if you have a fear of drawing bodies sometimes. Just from seeing your art, that feeling pops up, you know? I'm not sure whether your draw the body first and then add clothing, but sometimes I look at it and can't see it.

I think you should take your time to practice, draw the full body first and check it often. Practice, practice, and practice things you think you're bad at as much as you can. Work on backgrounds, work on perspective, work on continuity. Make sure your pages flow well and basic physics apply to your worlds that you create. Remember, even a shoujo comic isn't all about the pretty faces, it's about the substance.

I hope you can take this advice and grow. I really will be happy the day you get published and your name is in spotlights.

- Ninja Dinosaur (with Jetpacks)

Date: 2007-07-24 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't think you should feel as if your own skills need to be completely...relevant when critiquing my own. You don't have to be perfect at what you're critiquing, so don't feel as if I'd somehow resent you if I knew you were somehow "not up to par". That being said, I did leave this post open to people who were more comfortable being anonymous, so I'll respect your choice to be so.

Anyway, I just wanted to comment and say that I am very aware of what you've mentioned, and I've been aware of it for the past year or so. I really have been trying to get better at bodies and other things that I'm not too hot at at the moment (which is probably why I haven't been posting much art), but I suppose it does dismay me a bit that despite my awareness it's not...really showing in the few pieces I post as much as I thought it was?

Lately I've been trying to be aware of the body as I draw it, and I felt I'd gotten a little bit better but no one has really been saying anything so I'm completely unsure. I'm assuming you're on my flist (I may be wrong), but I do wonder what you think about the sketch post I made a week or so ago...even though I haven't been posting the majority of my sketches, I've been doing a lot of practices like that lately. I do, of course, do some stress-relief things which is why my latest artpost was really just a "pretty face" post (and honestly, I feel really guilty about always going back to that, but in a way since it's easy it IS a stress reliever).

I hope you don't see this as me trying to excuse my faults by saying "But I'm trying!" I guess what I'm really trying to say is you've proven to me that I just need to try harder. That being said, I kind of wish a few more people would comment when I do sketch posts like that, so I can kind of gauge how others see my development in that respect.

Incidentally, you caught me when I was sketching some architecture (I swear I'm not lying!), so...I guess it's a start? :)

Date: 2007-07-24 07:14 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I am the Ninja Dinosaur, I only speak words of wisdom that escape-- I actually am on your friends list, so I usually see your posts... but I go "OH GOD I'm not sure what to really say because I probably make the same mistake too". I still feel something is "off" in certain images, though. There was one you posted a few days ago, but now I can't find it. Did you take it down? It was one with a girl with jeans, I believe. I have terrible memory.

I think I will be commenting on your art more, but I want to get in contact with you first instead of just being like LOL ANONYMOUS. Since you'll notice HEY, THIS PERSON NEVER COMMENTED BEFORE, ARE THEY THE MASKED BANDIT NINJA DINOSAUR WITH JETPACKS?!?!

Whoo, way to blow my cover there.

It sucks, I can't use emoticons if I'm anonymous. I'll give myself away! I probably am already giving myself away. You'll never catch me alive.

I am glad you're aware of the problem, though. I've had friends say that they always thought they were 'THE SHIZ' because they drew and no one ever commented negatively on their art, which means (to them) that they were already at a professional level then. I don't want that to happen to you or anything. Not that you're like that, I just want you to make sure you're on the right track even if it'll involve bondage and whips to get you there.

Architecture? That's a great start, any certain types of architecture? I just hope it's not Rococo influenced or anything, that stuff can get crazy.

- The Mysterious Ninja Dinosaur (With Jetpacks)

Date: 2007-07-24 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*thwaps!* Dude! Thinking that you make the same mistakes is never an excuse not to comment (lol I'm such a hypocrite, I feel the same way a lot of times though)! In fact, by pointing out people's mistakes you'll probably be more acutely aware of your own. That's what I've discovered, at least.

To be honest, getting few comments makes me very...paranoid about my art. ^_^;; I feel like people are thinking things, but don't want to offend me--I don't get why people feel that way though, do I come across like that (I think the only times I've been upset at comments were when they were really stylistically based, but I may be wrong)? So do comment if you see anything that looks weird, especially when I post sketches! I mean, you don't have to, but it would be some help sometimes. :)

Oh yeah, and that picture with the jeans...Yeah, I already know what you mean, I was trying to fix the original sketch (which is in the sketch post) and when it came to inking everything fell apart. Which tells me I've got to have stronger underdrawing...oh well, practice practice. I would have spent more time on it, but it was a request that I was kind of bitter about, so I was just glad to be done. Not that that excuses anything, but I see what you mean.

Anyway, I'll try to do more sketch posts from now on, myself...I'm trying to get myself into the habit of doing them before I go to bed. And NO WAY was that Rococo, holycrap. :O You think I'm crazy?? I think it's a 1900's mansion or something? Wish I could remember more from that part of my Art History class, haha.

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