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« on: November 10, 2009, 05:34:36 AM »

Where the hell do I start though? My artistic talent is lacking :T
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2009, 02:37:21 PM »

The basic question is: Can you draw?

There'a few ways you can start, but the most fundamental is learning to draw people. I'd take a couple of life drawing classes, or just attend an open life drawing session (they're usually cheap and you bring your own paper) to get an idea of how people work. Everything from weight to gesture is important to learn, and it can take a little while.

If you can already draw fairly well and just want to learn how to make panels flow, how dialogue works, and so on, there are any number of tutorials out there, and I would advise taking a night course on that kind of thing. Art colleges tend to offer that kind of independent course.

I like this one as a tip for general purposes: http://joeljohnson.com/archives/2006/08/wally_woods_22.html
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2010, 04:10:17 AM »

Not sure if you're still interested in making comics/manga. (I would hope you still are!) These two books are extremely useful, someone would argue vital, to understanding and creating your own comics.

http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Comics-Invisible-Scott-Mccloud/dp/006097625X

http://www.amazon.com/Making-Comics-Storytelling-Secrets-Graphic/dp/0060780940/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b

Scott McCloud has pretty much made it his life goal to further understand comics and the way we read and make them. So you'd do well to own and study these. Even if your art skills aren't up to par yet.

But don't be intimidated by the art you see in your favorite comics. Just about any type of "style" can make a successful comic. It's all about cohesive storytelling.

Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2010, 08:56:12 AM »

Thanks Jonio. I just want to be able to draw art like in Vagabond.
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2010, 10:55:03 PM »

Where the hell do I start though? My artistic talent is lacking :T

practice practice practice.
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