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Cartoon Printemps by christwriter Cartoon Printemps by christwriter
No. I have neither had a brain anyurism or joined the Dark Side.

I spent about an hour today, sitting on the Random Deviant button, and saw a lot of manga. Some of which was good, some of which was...um, not so good? Anyway, I wondered just how difficult the style is once you've had a certain amount of realistic study, and decided to exparament.

It's a manga-tized version of Muchas Printemps (translated in my book as "Spring"). It was a simple pose to copy, and the actual drawing process was rather fun. If...short. My other reasoning for doing a cartoony picture is that I'm planning on offering comissions, eventually, and I wanted to see how long the other "stages" would take. Started it this afternoon at four, finished it at about nine...so not that long. Five hours.

Again, I eyeballed Mucha's Printemps. You can google it if you want to see the original. I probably won't ever do another Manga pic, so enjoy it while it lasts...or thank God for it, either way...
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UnexpectedFantasy Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is beautiful! :)
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christwriter Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
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Chulala Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love the coloring and her smile is just cute ^_^
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christwriter Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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erykh Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great Muccha inspired art!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful!!!
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satishverma Featured By Owner May 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Chelsea! Wonder woerk of art. You are a great artist.
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AestheticDevil Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Mucha is such an awesome artists and a great source of inspiration. I think you managed to capture the tone of Printemps well. I'm not sure I'd register this as manga at first glance. There's more too it than the big eyes, like colorschemes. Anyway, it's a beautiful work, I adore the dress and the flowers.
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Anthony-aggro Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
This has your touch and that makes it a little bit deviated from manga. Nice work again.
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stuntedsanity Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Hobbyist
Excellent work, especially on that dress which looks great.

It's nice to see a different style from you too.

Manga style pictures have a bad reputation on DA (partly down to the sheer volume of fanart and artists fairly early in their development doing it) but when it's done right it can be fantastic.
You did it right, so nice work.
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GuardienOfThePyre Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
she turned out elegant :)
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christwriter Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Mellime Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess that if you're good, any style will look good... and this piece does look good.

About manga in DA, I'm starting to get seriously annoyed... though I used to love anime.

Don't you be afraid of trying new stuff! =P
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DivineAngel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
that would make a lovely design for a tarot card series.
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darkcrystal1209 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, great tarot imagery possibilities here.
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DivineAngel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
its not even real anime (animated yes but not anime) in nature to tell the truth its a rather unique look I like it.
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SilkyWays Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Student General Artist
It doesn't look like manga to me. It just looks comic book style.
Gorgeous by the way. I love the colours and the composition. :heart:
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thenumber42 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
You do manga better than most manga people do manga. I'm serious. Looks good!
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
It did come out very nicely. So what did you learn from this experiment? Your thoughts on the anime/manga style now?
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christwriter Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Well...that most of the books most newbies learn from suck; those nice, shiny titles with the flashy covers and the pretty illustraitons don't explain the things you need to know to make it work. It's still basically simplified realism, more difficult than it looks because it's simplified--you have to know which details you can drop and which ones you have to keep, what proportions you can exaggerate and when you've gone too far... I think the biggest thing I noticed was that it's probably easier to get consistant characters through manga than American comic styles, which might be one reason why it was developed. I've never minded manga style...and like well-done pictures quite a bit. It's just never really been my thing.

CW
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
ahahah you just expressed my thoughts on tutorial books in general right there. They almost never give you advice that you can take and apply on a broad level, usually it's just how to mimic *one* particular character/design/etc. And then people wonder why everything they draw looks the same *coughs*

And that's an amazing point. I think you've hit the nail on the head about consistent characters. One thing that always drove me crazy was that you can TELL when a company switches artists, because their way of drawing them is unique to each artist... so often it's hard to tell who's who until you read the comic. But with the manga it's always pretty consistent. You know the title, you know the basic hair style of each char, it's pretty easy to match each one up.
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EleanoraHoshi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really amazing for something made in such a short amount of time. O.o It would have taken me days to get that good of quality at this point in time. Your anime style is awesome, too!
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christwriter Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I did a webcomic for a while (and need to get back to it) So that experiance helped...a lot.

CW
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EleanoraHoshi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome.

Oooo, *just started reading your comic* it sounds interesting so far!
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christwriter Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, god, now I'll have to get that thing going again...:D
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EleanoraHoshi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, hope you have fun with it. I'll keep the page bookmarked for updates.
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