my first (attempted) manga drawings

hey everyone, i borrowed a manga drawing book from my school for the next 2 weeks,
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that is the book, here are my first attempts at a manga character, are they any good for a guy who can't draw and is attempting to draw well for the first time?
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    ok so i decided that i'd try my hand at drawing a person this time. though it did turn out a bit more like a manga drawing than what i wanted originally. so i just said fuck it i'll try this out and i have to say that i kind of like how this turned out. so I figured i'd try and use this to help you out. just notice the differences with the shading and the depth that it adds to the picture. the only differences between the two pictures are the shading on the arms and in the hair but you can already see a huge difference between the two pictures.
    photo on 2011 06 20 at 20 59 - my first (attempted) manga drawings

    photo on 2011 06 21 at 15 08 - my first (attempted) manga drawings

    hope this helps

    Hey, you're improving :D
    - SuDoku June 21, 2011, 10:03 am
    lol thanks :D i only spend like 25-40 mins on each one. I need to learn how to go back to a drawing XD thats the only way i'll be able to actually make a really good piece.
    - 24paperwings June 21, 2011, 10:07 am
    My attention span doesn't hold out for that long :P
    Why I like photography ;)
    - SuDoku June 21, 2011, 10:10 am
    :P that's one of the reasons i like photography as well but i like being able to create my ideas and show them to people just by drawing them. though i'm not quite at the level i'd like to be and i need more patience :)
    - 24paperwings June 21, 2011, 10:24 am
    I get too frustrated with how long it takes to draw :P
    - SuDoku June 21, 2011, 10:31 am
    lol i used to but now i just get absorbed into the drawing and can sit there for awhile with it. though normally i wind up drawing 3 or 4 pictures in one session
    - 24paperwings June 21, 2011, 10:50 am
    I wish I had your patience :P
    - SuDoku June 21, 2011, 11:18 am
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    needs more depth and shading. try to focus and get a bit more detail on the eyes. try looking it up on youtube they can take you throw the drawings step by step.

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    Like what paperwings said, you should put some work into the eyes, in Manga one of the most detailed and expressive elements are the eyes, and they are always unique to that character.

    Here are some doodles I did a while ago as an example:
    examples - my first (attempted) manga drawings

    (I only added the colors for fun)

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    Are you unaware that girls have breasts? xD
    Also arms are far too thin, and the girl on the right looks like she has down syndrome.

    only because her eyes are at different heights.
    - drakengard85 June 9, 2011, 6:44 pm
    Oh that's right, a down syndrome has more structural integrity in their face.
    - DarkHunter June 9, 2011, 7:03 pm
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    i am proud 2 say i can draw better than u. but ur first try is way better than mine

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    You beat us ^^

    • Dawn
    • June 13, 2011, 8:04 am
    yayz :3
    - Nightfang June 13, 2011, 9:26 am
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    Yeah, that's actually really good for a first attempt.

    A tip, though: don't try to draw every line with a single stroke. A good, clean line is made by drawing it out little by little with a whole bunch of quick pencil strokes. This allows you to flesh out the shape of the line, building it up just how you want it, rather than trying to get the whole entire line perfect in a single pass and having to redo the whole thing when you mess up. Then, if you want, once you've sketched out the whole image with all those quick little pencil strokes, you can get your final clean, solid, black lines by 'inking' it - using a pen or a marker or Photoshop to neatly trace over your sketch lines, and then erasing the sketch lines so you're left with just the ink. If you use a pen or marker, though, I'd recommend making a photocopy of your sketch first, as a backup in case you make a mistake.

    Here, take a close look at a couple of my sketches (you'll have to click the second one to enlarge it):

    scan0004 - my first (attempted) manga drawings

    Name art Leo

    Notice how each line is made up of a bunch of thin, overlapping strokes. Also, keep in mind that I've already cleaned these up somewhat; they originally looked messier than this, and that's okay. You usually can - and should - ignore your occasional stray strokes until the whole image is finished; then you can go back and clean them up with an eraser. The only time you should stop to erase anything mid-drawing is when you realize that the entire line you're constructing is off (which will happen often, by the way).

    Good luck, and keep at it!

    P.S.: FYI, that first sketch was the result of boredom and a lack of blank paper.

    thanks for the advice, i'll try drawing properly when i borrow the manga book again :P
    - Nightfang June 21, 2011, 5:22 am
    No problem, don't mention it.

    Oh, by the way, there's a book that does wonders for literally anyone learning to draw anything. It's called "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain", by Betty Edwards. She's also put out a workbook of the same name, if you like.

    You might already be using some of what it teaches, but it's an invaluable book. It has you doing realistic drawings rather than manga, but understanding how to draw a real face, for example, really helps when you're trying to draw a fictional one (which she happens to point out herself in the book). Even if you don't make it all the way through the book, it really helps.
    - luminosity June 22, 2011, 7:22 pm
    cool, but the school library has said they will get me a copy of the manga book :P dunno why they just asked that if they can get another copy if i want it, i said yeah :P
    - Nightfang June 23, 2011, 6:17 am
    Awesome, I'd recommend using both books then.
    - luminosity June 24, 2011, 6:13 pm
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