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Does manga style still the underdog in styles? From experiences when i told people i draw manga they make this dissapointment face and say ohh. 

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434 deviants said Yes still is, When i show a portfolio to other painter concept artists realistic, he cant see more than 3 images and say its cute, like talking to a 4 year old kid, even if we look 250 images of their portfolio saying wow those are nice adventure style or
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201 deviants said Other. Not anti manga but happens with any style.
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194 deviants said People are nicer this days, there is less cyber bullying.
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103 deviants said Nope, everyone loves manga even my teachers(hahhahahahahahhaha, yeah like this was possible.)
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52 deviants said Did someone said manga style? Let me get my gang and some tourches, just wait here i will be back.

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vehemence-41 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016
I feel there was this huge rush to mimic manga style that left the whole background of manga and just took it for face value. Eg. Black and white simple line work. And i am grateful for that influencing american comic artist who were unaware of the possibillty of black and white, i still feel new age manga (Akira. Ghost in the shell, ect) took alot from french comics and traditonak manga like astro boy. And while i do love some modern manga. It often falls a bit short for me. Both western and asian manga.
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Cetriya Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Professional General Artist
I think its a mix depending on competence and originality and to whom I show it too. I'm at the level and experience where I've been influenced by so much that those who don't know anime would pick up other influences, most just focus on my use of colors, expression and medium. I think there's more stigma with digital vs traditional now. I also think subject matter plays more of a role, so you draw a lot of cute girls and in digital so to the fine artists or specialized designer my raise their nose at it, but with anime influence popping up in so much commercial products and shows and even gallery work, less are bothered by style alone. 

Now if you're just not good and still very much a beginner it doesn't matter the style, they might still try to kid talk you. 
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Ou-ren Featured By Owner Edited May 25, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I feel it's a common attitude in the Western entertainment (e.g. Hollywood, etc.) and fine arts circles.

It's a rather strange situation though, I feel. If you've got the technical skills to make a manga style beautiful, if you can ground the style in enough fundamentals/realism in an appealing manner, people still give you respect (albeit, grudgingly sometimes). Of course, you still get the snobby assholes who take one look at any manga style and say "Oh, you don't have a personal style at all."
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vinegar Featured By Owner May 25, 2016
I would say it's the TYPE of manga you have in your portfolio that can get you this reaction. For example - your portfolio is fantastic, it's full of varied illustrations that happen to have manga influence all over it and it suits you. So it doesn't matter. I love it. I love many artists with "manga-ish" style and I don't like manga style in general (or more like - the common, big-eyed style with clunky anatomy). What irks most art directors (and me, whenever I have to judge someone's art) is manga used not as a personal style, but as an excuse. An excuse to ignore the anatomy and any kind of critique and I see it too often that people focus on manga style before focusing on learning some foundations. I did the same thing 10 years ago or so. I never met an art director (and I met many) who looked down on the portfolio because it was manga-influenced when it was quality stuff.
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BlackHawk45LC Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
There is certainly a market for it, and if you feel passionate/inspired by it go for it.  Personally, though it undoubtably influences me, I try not to do much manga/anime styled art.  While is has many styles with in it, they have all been explored, and re-explored, and then emulated thousands of times.  I don't think an emerging artist can truly find their own style while consciously practicing an exclusively manga inspired look.  My favorite artist for years was Satoshi Urushihara, but its artists like Jason Chan, and Hyung Tae Kim that inspired me to work hard at finding my style (still haven't but still trying)
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yami-izumi Featured By Owner Edited May 23, 2016
I work as a professional artist and have been around in mobile game industry. The market loves anime/manga style since it can be both cute and cool, appealing to both genders. The industry itself usually needs three major assets in manga style: 1) sprites, 2) illustration, and 3) background (I swing between 1 & 2). I was lucky because I've been practicing the style since early age and thus being hired smoothly each time I applied, and the fact that I draw really neat aka always linearting and coloring inside the lines really helped. Those whose style is more to western/realism here mostly work on #3, or swing between 2 & 3, and often have to 'tone down' the level of contrast, details, muscles definition, etc. Western/realism style is the underdog in my workplace.

So tldr; it depends on who and where you show your portfolio at.
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Memokkeen Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't work in professional circles and haven't had to show my portfolio around, so I can't really say for sure... but I have had a few instances of artists being like "manga, huh? That's cute." as if it isn't a valid style to draw in - like it's somehow less impressive than realism or even a western cartoon style.
 Which I personally don't understand - doesn't matter what your style or art tools (digital, traditional, hell, even SAND) are - if you're good you're good and should be recognized for it.

Buuut I do think there's bias against certain styles, manga included.
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NearoC Featured By Owner May 21, 2016   Digital Artist
I think a lot of people just have some stereotypical image of manga in their heads of really terrible art, due to some series with bad art being known, as well as shit like the "how to draw manga" books you'd find at any book store being AWFUL.
Actual manga doesn't really have a specific style though, it's all somewhere in the semi realism camp, and usually focuses on diminished details and cell shading, but even that's not universal.
Personally, I'd just never take up the title of manga with how general it even is, when there's alternative terms that could probably work fine with less weird stigma.
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L3Moon-Studios Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
unfortunately it is also common in my area. when you say manga or anime, it means hentai or full of girls with bouncing boobs....

sadly its no longer the idea that when you say anime, its Ghost in the Shell or any hardcore awesome action anime. It now means cute girls with different boobs size.
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ArquinX Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
That's kind of the funny thing too is that gathering inspiration from Japanese artwork isn't a modern thing. Artists that you'd now consider to be "traditional" and well respected like Audrey Beardsley in the Art Nouveau movement and even Vincent Van Gogh had some paintings inspired by Japanese prints (Japanese Plum Trees and Portrait of Père Tanguy). Western Artists have been inspired by Japanese works since Japan opened to the West in 1853. Even then it received the same criticism that you see artists receiving now about being inspired by Japanese art. So nothing has really changed unfortunately...

I say paint what you want and you'll find an audience. The funny thing about art is that if you force yourself to make or paint something you're not digging, your audience can tell, just in the same way your audience can tell when you've had fun painting something. Some people only get into painting in order to feel pompous and "cultured" and they ironically reject any artwork that strays away from traditional western art. Just do you, man. Keep doing what you love.
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elsevilla Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
True words.
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Namae-san Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Guess it pretty much depends on. If you look online, there's a bunch of online communities centered only around manga style. Pretty much the majority of artists even if do not draw manga-ish illustrations, they consider this style a legit alternative, just like any other cartoon, realistic, etc. form of art. 
The problem starts if you reach out to teh real world. The vast majority of "real" artists dump manga as childish and naive. In my opinion it's very prejudical and untrue. However some parties are closed groups, unwilling to ackowledge that art and ideas can be present in numerous forms.
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anikakinka Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I would like to see an answer here that would be close to what ElOblazewicz said. People (art professors too even when at first when they hear "manga" they go all "no!") can appreciate your art, say it's nice but it's pretty hard to find decent job with it. Since, "too many meanings", "this is not ours, this is others culture". Basically it shouts "japan!" "Perverted comics!" "Pokemon!" Etc. It can't be apprecatied as a style itself at least in Poland. Almost no one will hire you for something other than japan related or colorful smartphone game because they are unable to see it as a simple style without other meanings.
Which is ridiculous since everything is basically some kind of a style. Especially when you're told "find your own style". "Own style" is always based on something. And you can have your own style within manga style. Like each impressionist didn't have their own style;;;
While in Japan it is just a comic style which is used everywhere where you want comic style. Or not. Because painters also use anime style in their works. Or something we would call anime style. Though there are still professors who would say "your art is too much like game art" because all they value is abstract art. Or people from older generation, they also go for the "find your own style" reason sometimes. I do get that Japan is a specific example since anime style comes from here but yeah, even here it's derogated at some occasions but it had enough time and intensity to blend in.
I do hope that in other places at some point people will start looking at it as something that can be appreciated for it's aesthetics and not cultural meaning.
*Spoken from perspective of Polish person who studied art in both Poland and Japan
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elsevilla Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Nice thoughts.-
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fedde Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
Manga, you mean you draw comics? Manga, so you draw characters with big eyes? Manga, hentai?
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elsevilla Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly.-
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Fuucha Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
i like manga style, their sparkling big eyes looks so pretty ^^
but my biggest inspiration is "odysseus and the sirens" from john william waterhouse and all of Kagaya's
to draw something like waterhouse's or kagaya's painting is very hard, so i prefer anime-style for now

still practicing, i hope someday, i can draw a beautiful realistic art
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ari-shai Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
My teachers always said to me: don't waste your time on drawing manga. LOL but seriously.. Thanks to manga I learned anatomy etc. so fast, because I was drawing it like crazy.. and it was a pure pleasure for a teenager, not like painting still life or drawing ma face or friends all the time haha :D
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ElOblazewicz Featured By Owner Edited May 20, 2016  Professional General Artist

It may be becouse im a graphic designer and years of working in the field mixed with education in the fine arts academy thought me one crucial thing: There is a time and place for everything. Manga is not a universal style, it's a style that carries a specific history, connotations and semantics that appeal to specific people and by that extant specific clients. 

Cd project red wont hire a manga artist to work on witcher because it carries different semantics, esthetics and mood, they'll go looking for a semi realistic or realistic fantasy concept artist or painter. A book company looking for illustrations for a book about Warsaw city wont hire a manga artist because it would feel out of place, they'll go to an illustrator with a graphic design background. A magazine about social and psychological issues wont hire a manga artist because it wont appropriately express the gravity of an issue, instead they will probably also gravitate towards someone with a unique style that will probably accompany those themes better.

As for the art schools discouraging manga style: it's not that they don't see it's potential, i's becouse they want their students to develop their own styles and valous not to adapt manierisms of others.

Weather you think so or not manga is a very specific art style and even by borrowing parts from it you are making a statement which sets you to a specific path. Even when a manga artists decides to partake in more serious themes they're either trying to be more realistic like Junji Ito or they want contrast for shock value (madoka, higurashi, fran etc.)

Which leads me to another thing that i learned as a graphic designer: It doesn't matter what you think it looks like, what matters is how your client or demographic perceives and reacts to it. There is a perfect little anecdote / example: If you take four "L" letter's and try to make a logo out of it by putting them together at 90 degree angles in a windmill pattern it wont matter that you know it's four L's, other people will see a swastika. It's best to look outside of our own comfort zones and little worlds so we wont be eaten by our own egos and mannerism.

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CatCouch Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
When I went to college for art I had a teacher tell me my work looked anime inspired and quickly took it back, like it was an insult. That was in 2010, I believe.

I think manga styled art is more accepted now but there will always be people who look down on some form of art. Hell, there are people who tell me to kill myself over some of my art.
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NightcrawlerCyp Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
Although there some style elements mainly used in manga there is no manga style. There are a lot of styles used in manga and anime depending on the person that draws it. There are some elements like moe eyes and unrealistic face expression that mainly appear in manga, but it is not a style per say.
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jemajema Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
ah yeahh ;o; just today I gave some advice on improving in art to someone, and they asked to see my stuff xD i sent the link but I know they arent expecting anime stuff
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stardustblitz Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Professional General Artist
It says something when even manga these days are becoming closer to realistic than the usual stylized style we see all the time. Personally I couldn't even be bothered to keep up with discussions like this -- a style is a style no matter what people say. 
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To many people only know the bad things and think manga and hentai are one in the same. Too many assume the worst first. I've been doing it since I was a kid and in the beginning it was interesting to others but these days people just assume what I am into. The rare few that look at my gallery tend to be much nicer about it. Then there's art snobs. People that look down on any art that isn't realism or impressionism. Don't let it get to you. It's popularity is always fluctuating just like any other style. Just do what makes you happy and what you're passionate about.
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ennusi Featured By Owner Edited May 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that despite the style being more widespread, there's still a stigma against it, especially amongst the more conservative/older people.
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mizu-shimma Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup. I went to school for illustration and I just told another student that I like manga (not even that I want to/do draw manga) and he was like "how are you going to stand out drawing manga"
Mind you, he'd never seen any of my work.
He wouldn't ask how I'd stand out from marvel if I just said I like comics =___=
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gloomycatt Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's very mixed just like anything else in life. Some people really dislike it, other love it, some do not mind it. I have a digital art teacher that doesn't mind anime and is actually the sponsor teacher for the anime club while the traditional art teacher absolutely hates the style. I'm not sure about more professional fields.
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TheGoldilocks Featured By Owner Edited May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That depends on what one considers a "manga" style. There's so many different styles in the manga world - are we talking like shoujo type stuff, with the huge eyes and sparkles and stuff?? Compare Sanctuary to Monster to Attack on Titan to Shugo Chara to Sailor Moon, etc etc... It's all fairly different stuff.

And wasn't it all first influenced by Disney and Western art?

Like, look at stuff like Steven Universe. It's obviously influenced by manga/anime, even if the style still resembles Western cartoons. If an art student has a style that was influenced by manga, then it's just continuing an ongoing conversation the west and east have had in regards to art, where both are borrowing and learning from each other.

I don't know why the respect changes when we talk about comics and art in a western sense... It's not like Western comics are the pinnacle of art or anything... : | Ya got Rob Liefeld as proof. 

EDIT: Something I'm seeing in regards to the Eastern comics/animations argument is that the style is all the same. Anime is a business - if people are opting to only show interest in the same style, then of course they are going to market off that style. :\
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Nintala Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Im sure its been said somewhere on this thread, but in most cases teachers hate it because thats the default popular style kids have now a days. They really look down on cartoons and manga style in a portfolio because, hey its an art school, they want to make sure you understand basic srt principals.
And in most cases when kids drawn manga style, theres nothing really to it other than bigs eyes and random japanese cultural stuff thrown into a picture.

But I found while showing my portfolio, that when you can show that you understand composition, anatomy, lighting ect. no one cares what style you draw in.

And then theres the teachers who let kids blatenly ripp off the Disney art style and not bat an eye, but thats a whole other topic :P
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Seppaqueas Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
There is manga, then there is your art. You art, to me, is well beyond just calling it manga. There is so much more to it than that. I do see a lot of manga drawings and artist, and they do look all the same. Not much to define one from the other. On the flip side, many also really make it their own and can point their art out from among the crowded genre, easily.
To answer you question, I don't know if it is still the underdog of styles- but it seems to be a saturated genre for artist to jump into. Don't let those that snort at manga pop your balloon, they just haven't seen how manga can really be like- and no better gallery to show off for that point than your own! :D
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MMWoodcock Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
In art school teachers became annoyed with manga because ALL entry level studios had portfolios with manga and anime stule. It is true that anime has distinct characteristics that is shared across most shows and books. You stylized it with how you render even though your faces and bodoes share similar traits with other manga counter parts.

Most students draw a lot of fan art too and teachers find it close minded when students never explore any other type or art like realism or impressionism or pointillism etc becUse they stick with cell shading and common style of manga.
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RaifanZell Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It really depends.  From what I gather, manga styles are still seen by many (not by all)
as just another cartoon style.  :/

While I understand they'd be more impressed with realism, I really don't like
when some of them tell me that I should just jump into it, like it's really that easy for me,
or anyone who doesn't do it already.
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Mengtastic Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Well anime/manga tends to be a gateway into the artistic world  for most young artists. So naturally it's considered a very juvenile/basic/elementary art style. From what I've seen, people really favor very unique art styles or realism.

I can understand why that might be the case too, because when you have a very distinctive style that isn't to heavily influences by a certain preset style (like anime/manga/comics) Then it shows you have definitely traveled an artistic road of self discovery and skills. While realism will always show skills and talent because of it's complexity and observation skills.
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Callaghan-cs Featured By Owner Edited May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a manga is just a comicbook, there are lots comicbook artists who have been influenced by japanese comicbook, like humberto ramos who happens to be one of the top dogs at marvel.


I don't like when western people say, I want to draw manga. You can draw comicbooks, not japanese comicbooks. also, in Japane there are so many different styles! Just compare vagabond to one piece and ask yourself again what "mangastyle" really is.
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machuman2099 Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
Me imagino que muchos tienen una opinion del estilo manga como algo que es muy simple y que es un estilo de distorcion de las figuras reales a un tono casi de caricatura.

Pero creo que hoy en dia muchos han podido ver que el estilo manga es enrealidad mas variado de lo que se pienza. Digo, diferentes mangakas y producciones de anime tienen diferentes formas de idealizar las formas; algunos las hacen mas complejas y otros mas simples.
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row Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Manga style is a niche market and a difficult market to break into. During my time spent in college, my illustration professor specifically warned us about this issue. It isn't necessarily bad, as an illustrator, to draw in this style, but it is important to be able to imitate multiple styles (non-manga related)  in order to get work.
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Lezzette Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Student General Artist
eso es racismo!! :icongwahplz:
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MagicalSakura Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Some of my teachers like anime style but most of them just tolerate it (A few don't get it and blindly group it all together as being the same), Keith Mayerson specifically is a shoujo manga fan (a great teacher! Very compassionate and fair). I got into art school along with a scholarship with a portfolio that was like 75% anime. My school acknowledges the effect manga had on pop culture and bringing women into comics. So yeah it all depends on where you go and who you are talking too.
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PeppermintRain Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Student General Artist
Sadly one of the best compliments I've received regarding this is that my art looks less manga style and is changing to "non-manga style." I was happy to hear that then realized, there really shouldn't be anything wrong with manga art in the first place ! I don't understand how western style cartoon artists have no problem with respect to their work, yet manga style is somehow still not taken seriously.
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Mengtastic Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Well you have to keep in mind that western cartoons and animation is hugeeelyyyy diverse. You take out any 5 random miscellaneous cartoons that's probably airing right now on tv and the animation style from all of them is going to be drastically different. With anime a lot of the designs blend together. 

Things commonly found in anime that are pretty consistant: Rare when an anime girl doesn't have bangs. Hair normally always go past the ears.  Females have long legs and slender bodies. Really thin eyebrows are the norm. Generally they all have pointy noses. Honestly if I dedicated the whole day to find out common traits then I could come up with about 3 pages worth of stuff.

When it comes to western animation, you'll find very few (if any) consistency through all of them. A lot of creativity and innovative thinking goes into work when making western cartoon designs.

Even comics have a rather big diversity to them compared to manga.

Anime will probably always win hands down when it comes to plot and stories, but that's another thing.
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PeppermintRain Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Student General Artist
You are correct; if analyzed, every artistic movement and style could be found to have similarities and consistencies. This is how we define artistic movements and styles throughout history.
If a category exists, there are defining features in which art can be placed into or out of the category. It's about point of view and opinion, about what the audience chooses to notice, which artists will never have control of.
I don't consider myself a manga artist, though I'm happy to have the support of the manga art audience, so this not a personal concern. Not looking to defend or argue for a cause, simply tossing an opinion into the mix for fun. You all can take it where you want into discussion, but leave me out - I did not expect attention from such a brief comment! :)
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Eastervampire Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not something I thought much about till now, I have noticed that people tend to call my art "cute" the most out of everything else (I don't mind though)

I think despite it's popularity it still is sort of a underdog since a majority of people tend to group all anime together, even though there are a lot of genres in anime
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Cestarian Featured By Owner May 19, 2016   Digital Artist
I dunno, I mean sakimichan is pretty popula, in fact I think most artists that are getting the most attention (especially outside of artist spheres, i.e. people who don't draw themselves) are people who draw in a manga derived style.

I can understand the controversy surrounding manga style because it's a rapid development art style, but this only applies if you're drawing the same way as mangaka, which means simplified to death, and cel shading, you don't draw that way, you know your share of anatomy, and you paint, you don't use cel shading.

Honestly might just be that manga styles are the mainstream, and some people are anti-mainstream without any particular reason. Might also be that art teachers and artists who learned different styles and started drawing way before the anime fad are just really damn salty because what's most popular is not their style, so they become haters rather than facing reality.
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lady-blackwings Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find that most people in the 'art' field still look down on it. Despite its money making ability and history in multiple markets. 

I think I had one teacher that sad it best- "Your work is great and I can help you learn how to get better with other skills. (ie:painting, color theory, and texture work) But you will never win a contest or be accepted by a school or old school artist drawing like that." So if I was fine drawing for me she was good with it. She knew other 'traditional' or old school artist thinking habits would not accept a manga style artist. She even tried to enter me in contest but it was turned away. 

While I have seen a little progression it has not been much and is very regional. 
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Q-arts Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, and especially by other artists. For some reason it gets very looked down upon. Some artists even look insulted when someone says it looks like 'anime'. It's weird.

The only thing I wouldn't recommend manga style for, is learning stuff like anatomy of figures, because anime simplifies stuff so much that by copying it, people don't really understand what they are doing.

I think my own style is a weird mixture of manga and realism and just crap, so I dunno. I think it's cool.
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wahhbajack Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It isn't an "Underdog style". Art professors seem to "hate" it because people who draw with a manga style tend to ONLY draw in that style and it is VERY hard to get out of it. I was really happy when I did, but I wound up falling back to it after leaving school. I loved drawing all cartoony (western cartoony mostly). Not to mention, when someone finds a manga style, a lot of their stuff starts looking the same. Mine does. A lot of other artists fall into the same pit. That's why professionals hate it. If you go to work for Dreamworks, they don't want to see the same art in different drawings. They want variety. They want to know that you can draw semi-realistic, realistic, cartoony, that you can draw backgrounds, etc. They don't want to see MANGAMANGAMANGA. That's why you hear "cute"--- if you're lucky. Most of the pros I met just chuckled and handed it back to the student they were talking to. 
Shoot, even TokyoPop wouldn't hire an artist that shows up with a portfolio chock full of manga-styled drawings and nothing else.
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Cid-Alderlaine Featured By Owner Edited May 19, 2016  Student General Artist
Well Art Schools in general are a kind of paradoxal institute in their very nature considering that Art can't really be defined so why the hell are they trying to put up guidelines when it's that broad and abstract?
But joking aside...

Most Art Schools has a steep preference for realism and unique lines moreso than any style derived from a broader media, so while Manga-style illustrations gets a lot of scorn, Western Cartoon styles aren't any less scoffed at, in general Art schools attempts to teach you Artistic Mentality rather than actual stylization of anything, learning how to draw and paint are more or less a Needed Formality to get people started.
Atleast, if it's a beginner Art School.
Advanced Art Schools are an enigma to me, but I imagine there's a fundemental elitist ideaology behind their screening, because in the end; It's all about how to make a living off of your creativity, so they likely only pick candidates that can be groomed accordingly.

But in the far and wide recognition of the style outside the Hardcore Art Industry, Manga in general is getting more popularity as the days pass, so if you keep an eye for the future ahead, I'm sure more doors to a Manga Artist will open in due time.
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clc1997 Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
Well, there is bad manga art and good manga art. There's a lot of bad manga art out there, so that might be what people think of.
I never even thought of your art as "Manga". There is an obvious influence, but overall, it's just really great vibrant art. Wonderful colors, and very imaginative. :)
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Yatsuhiko Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
I'm not much of an artist, and haven't really been in art classes in a while, but I feel, at least where I am, that the manga/anime style is pretty popular. Maybe since Hawaii has so much Japanese and Asians in general. That being said, I think maybe the people that might have a distaste for the style might come from some of the sharp lines and simplicity that maybe became a dominant factor in a lot of the people that claim to draw in the style due to some shows. 

That being said, I really couldn't say. I just felt like putting in my two cents and really didn't think too hard about it
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ernn Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I still met people who still wants realism art than manga.

parents nowadays thinks manga style is easy for kids (5-8 yrs) to learn.
they think it's very simple that even the kids can learn it in less than a year.

but since now I meet people with the same interest, I don't quite feel 'minority' anymore.
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