Have you come across a manga where the artwork in its first chapter was drastically different from its last/most recent? Was the change drastic to the point where it seems like it was drawn by two different people?
Mangakas will no doubt go through a transition like any other artist. Since their occupation involves drawing nearly everyday, this change can appear more evident. Show us which series and mangaka had a drastic change in artstyle!
Yu-Gi-Oh's mangaka, Takahashi Kazuki, made a huge improvement in his artwork. The characters' features became more defined and sharper as the story progressed. I definitely like the artwork post-evolution. (Sorry, I couldn't find good scans for comparison.)
Miura Kentaro changed his style in Berserk a little. Not very surprising as Berserk is going on for 21 long years now. Well, measured with that it's actually amazingly stable. However, the first chapters looked quite different, to me it seems that he developed his style over the Golden Age arc and sticked to it ever since.
Gutts in comparison:
one click to tv tropes should give TONS of example... ;p
Well, Amano Akira sensei is one fine example for art evolution. Her debut work (i think?) petit petit rabbit is almost unrecognizable as her work because of the huge difference in art style.
I am not the one who scanned this.
Talking about KHR, i think the latest art is not as good as the art in Varia arc. I think it deteriorates a bit. Well, her colored illustration is better than the ones in Varia arc though... Whether the art deteriorates or not, might depends on taste..
Last edited by R4n; November 05, 2010 at 08:18 AM.
@naruto-niichan: I find the art evolution in the anime is much more evident. The first season to the current one is quite drastic. In fact, I heard that the anime staff evolved along with Aoyama Gosho's changing style through the time.
You know I was thinking of KHR. XD That had quite the drastic change too.
@R4n: Aww, I like the current style with the inking and the toning.
@Asa I watched Conan when I was a little kid and didn't find it really interesting (could be because it was the german version ) so I don't know but a friend of mine said you're right maybe I should rewatch some episodes but that would take way too long (i believe). How many eps has the Anime series?
another good example would be Alive: The Final Evolution. A underrated work from two great mangakas I really enjoyed. Hope the last chapters will be scanlated soon. Anyway, here are some pics.
^ i was really impressed by the art evolution and i really wanted to read the manga. But Alive is licensed and finding the scan for chapter 1-13 is extremely hard.
Maybe it is not the right way to ask, but do you know where i can find them?
@IcePhoenix: I really love Hoshino's colored illustration. She used a very daring mix of colors like purple and green, but she can make it works really well without hurting the eyes. (at least for me)
The transition from vintage to contemporary manga is very drastic. Based on the art alone I could probably tell which series is from which decade even though I wouldn't have known anything about it.
It would be interesting if there was a veteran mangaka who experienced this transition. Will they adapt with the art trend at the time or will they stick to what they've always done regardless? For example, if we compare early Fushigi Yuugi (early 90s) to Watase Yuu's most recent manga, her art evolution evolved with the times. (That is, her art style is more contemporary now.)