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    Please tear me apart!

    Oh no, not another wannabe manga artist! Anyway, I hope to see some critiques.
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    um, not bad, not bad. Your familiar with your anatomy, which is good; Why 'manga'? I know its a style you like, and Im not putting you off, but - you know what? Post some more of your work, doodles and wot not, maybe start a sketch thread. This is your first post, so I cant comment too much on your work. Post some more, and you'll get the feedback you need.
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    Oh, well thanks . I actually had a feeling that these wouldn't be enough. I'll try to post some more stuff eventually, most likely sketches because I never finish anything.
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    Quite good actually! For the pic on the left, you could change up the halftone shading to bring out some of the form of the body beneath, but that's entirely up to you.
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    Manga is really not my cup of tea, so I can't comment. I do think that if you can draw (which seems to be the case) you may as well draw realistically.
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    Manga's more my cup of tea so here's my input. Great bodies, all good. Faces, not so good.

    Do you have a lot of practice doing faces? If so, there are a lot of way you can draw more realistic-looking manga faces in a really beautiful way. My tip is to first learn to draw real life faces and then study some of the following artists:

    Inoue Takehiko
    http://www.itplanning.co.jp/

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    Gez Fry
    http://www.gezfry.com/gallery.shtml

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    Hyung Tae Kim
    http://www.hyung-taekim.org

    Good luck!
    - Current project <- Crit away!
    - The Whyatt Sketchbook Any tips appreciated

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    Yeah... Faces were actually my lowest priority because I always thought of figure and anatomy as being much more difficult and important to practice. However, when it comes to realistic faces I don't think I'm all that bad (not great either). I'm surprised nobody mentioned the hands-I can't draw those for the life of me! I may post a few more realistic sketches eventually.

    I'm already familiar with Hyung Tae Kim, but the other two look awesome as well. Thanks for the links!
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    Hyung's stuff has been some of my favorite for quite a while, Gez has some interesting stuff to, thanks for sharing.
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    You can draw realistic faces, good, you're halfway there. Can you freehand realistic faces also? Then all you have to do is learn and apply a realistic manga style to them. Which isn't at all a piece of cake, but still.

    The hands on the first one are kindof hidden, but in the second pic they look allright. I think you can do it if you only apply yourself. You seem to have no problems with feet though.

    So I'd just work on those faces if I were you. Hands are always easy to reference, since you have two of them (usually)...
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    I don't think there's anything bad about drawing manga.

    In the first one, the only thing thats bugging me is the knife. Something unnatural about the way its being held.
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    Manga stylizations are false. They are like cliches. Eventually people will look at them exactly as people now regard Ms. Keane 1960s painting of doe eyed children - Bad Kitsch from a bygone era. (see below) In fact, in some ways Ms. Keane's paintings are better than Manga. At least they have form.

    That magna carta affinity piece isn't manga, it's a good quality illustration... except for that inexplicably false "manga" face on the boy that ruins the piece. The artist must have done that crummy Manga head on it for financial reasons. Hordes of Manga fans out there ready to spend money. Ruining a such a good piece with such a bad dumb head for marketing reasons is known as either slumming or hackwork. Pandering at the very least.

    That kind of work should be shunned until the artist becomes free to be honest in his work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kev ferrara View Post
    Manga stylizations are false.
    Which stylizations are 'true?' American comic-book stylization? Ukiyo-e stylization? Art nouveau stylization? They all take reality, fuck it over and bastardize it to suit their stylistic needs. I don't know that any form of stylization is more valid than another. Plenty of manga has form, even with simple black and white shading that american comics use. Just because it isn't your cup of tea doesn't mean it's wrong.

    (I hate manga btw)
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    Those pics are terrifying!

    about faces... I realized that I'm not to good at freehanding, especially at multiple angles. I think I'm only decent from the front.
    Here's a sketch from everyone's favorite angle. Although this does seem a bit manga-ish to me. Ignore the ears please
    And I'm sorry if it's difficult to critique such a rough sketch.
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