Clearly I need to either learn to color or get better coloring pencils. Click for full color drawing.
I’ve still got a long way to go. My linework is pretty awful. Let’s pretend this is not supposed to be Teru-chan from “Dengeki Daisy.”
This is a sketch of a Kurebayashi Teru, the main character from one of my favorite manga, “Dengeki Daisy.” Definitely recommend reading it!
For those who don’t know, manga are Japanese graphic novels or short stories. As I mentioned before, I wasn’t a fan of manga for a very long time but they’ve really grown on me. As with anything, the good and bad are mixed among them and it can be difficult to find the best ones but it’s worthwhile when you do. I think what drew me in was the art of manga and the emotions that can be conveyed through it. Amazing how much significance facial expressions and subtle movements have. Manga conveys the importance of that very well.
I love the art of this particular mangaka (a creator of manga), Motomi Kyousuke. She has a unique lineup of expressions that have a strong comedic effect. Emotional expressions are extremely important in manga in order to portray a characters internal state at any given point, otherwise it’s not really much of a story unless the manga is heavy on its narrative. One of the difficult things about manga is that while the art can be great, the dialogue and story tend to be cliche and commonplace. Particularly with Shoujo manga, (manga directed primarily towards female readers) most of them follow the same story line or pattern. However, that’s not always the case. This is an amazing story and I love the development of the characters and the difficulties they go through. Even if you’re not crazy about Shoujo manga or manga in general, I would suggest giving it a chance.