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Hey people. Well I finally drew up (on microsoft paint, don't blame me if its crappy) a possibly final draft of what my main villain, Sigma, of my manga (which does not have a working title yet) would look like.
Tell me what you think, would he make a good villain? etc.
Any suggestions (don't be too hard) would be wonderful.
Please don't steal.
I got it watermarked, and my signature on it.
Hmmm... more description of him might be helpful
His special ability
His weakness, strong points
Well, as you can see he is a deranged psychopath who resembles a scarecrow.
He loves being evil and blood very very much. He is constantly covered by darkness so the only colors that appear are red (for blood or other things) and grey (for basically anything else).
He has stitches going around his face, and when he talks, he has to rip open the stitches and blood gushes out of his mouth, but he enjoys that. He only does so when he is truly wanting to speak. He usually speaks through telepathy.
His power is adapting or one could say advanced assimilation. He basically adapts and overcomes any situation. The true trick to this power is that to use it right, your mind needs to be vast and imaginative. So, because he is a psychopath, the ability suits him well, so he overcomes situations in strange ways to mislead many people that he has multiple abilities (ex. A person might smash him, and he will liquefy and solidify. If he has no long range attack, he could grab an ordinary item, and turn it into something devastating, if he is in a hazardous situation).
His ability may seem "cheap" but that is what makes him a powerful foe. Characters need to find out how to surpass his adaption...
He usually carries an umbrella with him, which he uses as a primary weapon. While traveling he usually is hanging on a T-shaped cross, enshrouded in darkness.
that enough info for you? haha.
Sounds like a bad and crazy psychopath for me
He will be slightly more interesting character if there's some reason/background history behind his love for blood.
i.e. He was originally a person who was murdered brutally- so he's out for a revenge and etc.
I'm still trying to think as too why he is so evil, but I'm gonna make it so that readers are so distracted by his cruelty that they won't bother thinking about how he came to be for a while.
Thanks for the comments. Oh and I read your comment on another post and the bunch of rules in making a manga. You know your stuff haha, you live in Japan too. You plan on being a mangaka?
Oh, so you read it?
Yes, I hope I will become mangaka one day for one of the pro-manga magazines. Until then, lots of practice and must begin submitting my work!
My manga/human drawing experience is very short compared to other mangaka wannabies, 2.5 years and ~ 1 year for CG, but it's nice to have some big dreams.
Ah and I hope it goes well for you. You gonna use a penname?
I still need some practice drawing and stuff. I'm still learning to use graphic tablets, and I really want to learn to draw the manga panels and awesome manga covers and stuff. I spent a year not drawing and thinking about the story.. nothing came up, until just now, everything suddenly comes rushing into my head. But I still need to learn how to draw a lot better. What do you use to draw on the computer or whatever?
Thanx L530! I hope your manga goes well too
Yes, I will be using my pen name, Waterdroplet, as I have done for the last two and a half years of my work. It's good that you're right on track for stories I spent years writing random fantasy stories- mostly ahem... only intro. I had one that I spent three years - went up to 200 pages or so then got lost- since I wrote it on a scratch piece of paper- and so tiny hand writing that nobody could read it (ahem... myself included). Then, paper just got lost- somewhere in my room. *cough
Don't worry about CG looking not as you want it at the beginning. Mine in last Sept. looked horrible. That was when I really started using the tablet. I think I got inspired by my friend in fashion design industry who was using a tablet for his shirt designs (If he can do it, so can I). Plus, the expensive price in a local college just to take CG classes made me got to thinking- well, why don't I do study it on my own? I always wanted to study CG but never got around to it before. It's good to have someone near you who will get you motivated. I just practiced it every night after work so it will look like ones in my Gallery or today's drawing for my next manga (just a page for a practice and will be in English/Japanese):
Yeah, I still need to fix this graphic a little.
MacBook 13in OSX
Since it's small screen, I often print pages once I draw to a certain extent to see how it looks on paper. It's better having a bigger separate monitor but I don't have one so I just stick with this method.
I use Wacom's Bamboo Fun. Some people say intuos better but it's darn expensive so I stick with cheapest tablet I could find.
Comic Studio Pro 3.0 I use for drawing all of my B&W. It's one of the hardest softwares to use- but very helpful once you get it. It took me a year trying to figure it out and still learning. I think it's called Manga Studio in the US, but I think Comic Studio 4.0 might be compatible with English or perhaps not.
Adobe Photoshop CS2- for coloring and mainly compressing my graphics. I just use features in Comic Studio for all of my drawings.
The recent illust. I put up in my previous entry,
was done all in CS before using Adobe Photoshop to compress the graphics. Comic Studio is compatible with tablets- like Photoshop so it's perfect for trying to change line thickness with pressure and angle. In addition, it gives smoother and sharper lines than in Adobe Photoshop since it's the software designed only for B&W manga drawing. It's expensive though- but cheaper or similar price as Photoshop's Academic version.
I used scanner at the beginning, drew rough drafts on A4 or B5 sized paper or notebook, scan it 300~600dpi and paste it into the software. But, since I got better and wasn't bothered with scanning, I drew from scratch on computer. I think I started doing it this year. I have random sketches in post-it notes though- just to give me an idea. They are random squiggles to other people.
But, I recommend scanning graphics at the beginning and try to draw outlines on screen if you want to improve on tablet drawing skill- and don't give up since you got the flair for it
Last edited by Waterdroplet; August 13, 2008 at 06:34 AM.
i think you draw great! I'm really bad with the whole graphic things on computer.. I tried downloading Photoshop CS2 but I can't get a good registration code. I never bought the product so I downloaded it and the keygenerator gave me all faulty key codes.
Anywhere I can get it where it works? or this Comic studio? I never heard of it.
I have Photoshop Elements 5 but I am really bad at using photoshop.. I don't understand all its commands and stuff.
Anyway, Good luck with your work. I look forward to seeing it.
Sorry, I didn't download those softwares but bought them at a store in Japan over a couple of years. They can be cheaper than analog in the long run if you use a lot of screen tones. I suggest you getting Photoshop while you're student (due to Academic discount).
I'm not sure about the US's market for Comic Studio but for Manga Studio it's sold in Amazon.com. It's in Japanese, but you can get Comic Studio Pro 4.0 in Amazon.co.jp (Japanese version of Amazon). Mac version is coming out soon, I believe. I am not sure about how to download them on-line and don't recommend it since Comic Studio frequently asks for CD whenever you update its program. Therefore, I suggest you buy either Manga Studio (English version of Comic Studio 2 or 3) or Comic Studio if you are really up to it. However, I know some people who work only in Photoshop or SAI so it's not really required. But, lately, I've noticed that Comic Studio is starting to take over most of digital manga production in Japan. So, I think that getting that software above all others (cheaper ones) wasn't a bad choice. There are small monthly contests (in Japanese- with prizes) for only those with Comic Studio 4.0 as well. Shame that I can't join in since Mac version hasn't come out yet. Comic Studio Debut (the cheapest) is ok for beginners but not good when you want to really submit your work to a publisher. You should get either Pro (second cheapest) or Ex (most expensive of CS). Ex comes with 3D features and models for reference. I'm planning to upgrade and update mine to CS 4 Ex once it comes out (waiting for at least a year now).
If you have WindowsXP and above, you can try out CS4EX Demo . Click on the link near the top or click here. Since it's a demo in Japanese, I don't think you can import Photoshop or print. But, you can get the idea of how it looks like.
For Manga StudioEX demo for Mac (less than 10.5), Click here. There's a link toward right.
Personally, I don't know all the features in both Elements and Photoshop and still learning. Comic Studio is slightly easier but still difficult to understand most of its features at the beginning- so some people love it and some hate it. I suggest you asking those people in MH gallery with all those wonderful colorings of Naruto or etc. for an advice .
I also look forward to your work
Last edited by Waterdroplet; August 13, 2008 at 07:45 PM.
Thanks for all your advice.
I'm still thinking about getting the story down. The beginning of every manga has some aura about it that drags you into it. But if its too boring in the beginning pages, that's not good, so I'm trying to think how I can make some excitement to get people to read on about.
Plus, one main reason I haven't gotten used to drawing manga is that I am horrible in making backgrounds, special effects, and etc. (buildings, cracked grounds, manga looking elements[fire, electricity, especially water])
But yeah. It seems its just us who is talking in this thread. Either people don't like my work, have no interest, or there are not a lot of people who don't come here.
Yes, we are the only ones talking but people are probably interested in your work more if you directly show your images on MH. I suggest you upload your scarecrow image in photobucket or imageshack and post it- like what I do. In addition, more than one image might attract more people
However, yes. People in MH generally tend to look into Naruto fan art or manga rather than original manga. They will look more probably once you have your manga finished. People tend to like visuals rather than words in MH.
Well... to make it more exciting, I tried to make it a bit more poetic at the beginning for my TLOF- although I probably failed. There are only two chapters, but you can see them at:
What's good about manga is that it's a combination of language and images. So, having a nice words can cover up some of drawing skills if you are uncertain about it.
In addition, you can look up into some manga series that are good with art for reference:
Tenjo Tenge (same guy as Air Gear)
They're impressive to me. They can give you idea of how pro-manga artists try to get audiences' attention. I study a lot of manga (read it- whoohoo!) so I can develop similar techniques. I will send you note now in DA about it.
Last edited by Waterdroplet; August 13, 2008 at 10:39 PM.
no no, I think ur work is great! well, I want the story of my manga to be great like the story of Code Geass. Its an anime, the manga sucks though. Every episode ends with a great cliffhanger that makes you want more. And crazy plot twists, it blows my mind away.
Thanx- though I think I made my plot too complicated for pro-manga magazine editor.
Make sure that people still understand what you are trying to say even with the crazy plot.
Hehe Good luck!