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...
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.
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.
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.
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.