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Asuria wrote:This is a very useful topic. I've only started my webcomic uhm... about two or three weeks ago. I signed up at onlinecomics.net just yesterday. I wonder what that'll give. :oops:
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But what about my art? Sometimes I really think that people are just skimming around, looking for something manga-ish. I'm really, mainly, discouraged, because I have this strong feeling that my type of art style isn't wanted.

But besides that, thanks, for all the tips. I have added a newsbox to my site....I'm also thinking about simplifying the layout. What do you think?

Finally, I hope that all of the advice works. I don't think that I have the greatest of webcomics, but I do know that it's good.

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Well, your art is pretty manga-ish as it is (at least as manga-ish as mine..) Besides, people here and in a lot of webcomic communities aren't that keen of manga. I'm sure you'll find your audience. :D

Oh, and if you want a commentary on your art: One thing that struck me when reading through your archives was that your inking style changes almost with every comic. Sometimes (like here) you use all thin lines, while in other instances the comic seems to have been inked partially with a really thick felt tip (here's an example), or even with a mouse. Sticking to one style would help the comic look more consistant (and I'd heavily advise using the first (or perhaps the second) style. It's leagues above the others. Whatever you do, try to stay away from the mouse. :wink: )

Er, and just ignore this if you DON'T want a commentary. ^^;
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You can also do an article for Comixpedia, you get a free banner for that. (As well as getting paid a small amount per article now.) And also post in forums that are more-or-less connected to your interests. If you log into a lot of fantasy forums, (as I suspect you might from your comic) put a link to your webcomic there. Here, EVERYBODY has a webcomic to plug. On these other forums, they don't. So....
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specterz wrote:Doesn't onlinecomics.com require you to have, like, 10 or 15 comics on your site? I don't know precisely, I just know that I didn't have it yet :) Maybe next week.
You need 10 comics. I have 10 pages, so uhm... I decided to give it a try, though I think they'll refuse me because I have a not-quite-comic-styled prologue. But hey, it's worth the try. :D
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Asuria wrote:
specterz wrote:Doesn't onlinecomics.com require you to have, like, 10 or 15 comics on your site? I don't know precisely, I just know that I didn't have it yet :) Maybe next week.
You need 10 comics. I have 10 pages, so uhm... I decided to give it a try, though I think they'll refuse me because I have a noy-quite-comic-styled prologue. But hey, it's worth the try. :D
Oh yeah, that's right. I have to wait till Friday, I guess...
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The reason for my art being so inconsistant, is b/c I am always trying to find faster, easier ways to make my comic, while still trying to keep it looking nice and sharp. I think that I draw pretty good with a mouse, but I mainly do it b/c I'll be going to college soon, and I might not have access to a personal scanner.

Besides, that, the one where Ida said that I use a felt tip pen, well, I don't use felt tip pens. I scanned my drawing, and went over it with the mouse. It took a long time, but I did like the result.

I'll try to make my comic more consistant, really. If that's a main concern, then I'll try and change it, but I really don't think that my art is THAT bad looking due to drawing it with a mouse. That's just me. I like the current style that I'm using right now, on my webcomic's front page.

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prettysenshi2k6 wrote:But what about my art? Sometimes I really think that people are just skimming around, looking for something manga-ish. I'm really, mainly, discouraged, because I have this strong feeling that my type of art style isn't wanted.
Truthfully, I'll skip over a comic simply because it does have manga style art. I'd rather look at something original than another clone of [insert subbed anime title].
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Ironically there's no such thing as "manga styled" comic art in Japan.

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Ghastly wrote:Ironically there's no such thing as "manga styled" comic art in Japan.
I was going to argue with you, but upon thinking, I realized you were right. Manga art comes in all different styles.
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The black and white intricate well-backgrounded strips that use some sort of manga style with the "shoujo" themes of somewhat soft-edged characters with round faces and big eyes (er even without big eyes) and lots of screen tones look REALLY AWFUL online. I can't think of a single exception. A lot of comics on keenime are like this, and generally I can't read them. Sad, really.

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I've never really had a problem with mangesque artwork, as long as it's clear and simple, but that's my policy with most artwork anyway. Try to put too much into one image and it goes to hell. However, a lot of aspiring manga artists, in their attempts to measure up to the intricacy of publised works, make everythng so damn fancy that you can barely tell what's going in the picture.

Really, as long as you've got a story my brain is capable of following and artwork that I don't have to squint at to understand/isn't drawn with a dull pencil on lined paper by a three year old, I can dig it. I dunno about other readers though... that's just my personal standards.
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Leko wrote:I've never really had a problem with mangesque artwork, as long as it's clear and simple, but that's my policy with most artwork anyway.
Yes! Exactly! Mangesque is fine, I could even fall into that category, and lots of the comics I enjoy on keenime are "mangesque". It's trying to replicate the intricacy of an... intricate manga title online that really screws up some otherwise great artists' work. Don't try to draw Sailormoon, that's hard enough to pick the images out of in the dead-tree format, let alone squinting at my computer screen.

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Risky wrote:
Leko wrote:I've never really had a problem with mangesque artwork, as long as it's clear and simple, but that's my policy with most artwork anyway.
Yes! Exactly! Mangesque is fine, I could even fall into that category, and lots of the comics I enjoy on keenime are "mangesque". It's trying to replicate the intricacy of an... intricate manga title online that really screws up some otherwise great artists' work. Don't try to draw Sailormoon, that's hard enough to pick the images out of in the dead-tree format, let alone squinting at my computer screen.
The hair pisses me off the most. Damnit, you do not need to draw every freaking strand of hair on her head! :evil:
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Well, if it makes the pic look awesomer - why not? (I.E., chobits)

(Note: I agree that some people overdo it though. But it's not really a case of detail vs. impact - I think it's more of an implementation issue, really.)

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Levi-chan wrote:Well, if it makes the pic look awesomer - why not? (I.E., chobits)

(Note: I agree that some people overdo it though. But it's not really a case of detail vs. impact - I think it's more of an implementation issue, really.)
I don't mind it if it looks good. But in the good stuff, like Chobits, when they put that much detail into the foreground, the backgrounds were much simpler to make it easier on the eyes. In fact, a lot of the time they just take out the background entirely and replace it with a simple pattern.

My beef is with comics that insist on overloading my brain with unnecessary details until the drawing is so complicated that I have no idea whether they were trying to draw a hot chick or a tentacle monster with boobs. Single drawings are one thing, but a comic is something entirely different and a lot of people fail to understand that.
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I think changing your style based soley on what you think will make your comic more popular is a bad idea. The most important person to please is yourself.

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I'm led to believe that when you draw sexy girls, people don't care much whether it's manga or not.

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mcDuffies wrote:I'm led to believe that when you draw sexy girls, people don't care much whether it's manga or not.
Mansex helps too.

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