May 22, 2006

My new manga technique is unstoppable

How to Draw Manga For Really Lazy People

Is there no God? Well, if there is, he must have one helluva sense of humor, as the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reviews a "Manga Clip Art" software package. Setting a new low in Draw Manga Quick schemes, this is perhaps the next step down for people who are even too lazy to draw a circle and two intersecting lines. Christpher Hart? Tadashi Ozawa? Get those guys outta here! This is the next evolution in human intellect! Manga clip art! In the future, when we transfer information by plugging it into our necks and all medical techniques involve nanomachines, we won't even need artists anymore, because Japan will be so advanced, manga will draw itself!

On the other hand, someone with a really good, ironic sense of humor, like the My New Fighting Technique Is Unstoppable guy, could get quite a lot of mileage out of this.

On a more interesting and positive note, the Shanghai Times covers Chinese ink art and animation and how this unique, classic artform struggles for survival in the modern age.

Shoko Nakagawa

But enough tomfoolery. Check out the blog (and by "check out," I mean very cursorily, as it's in Japanese but the pictures are nice to look at) of professional fangirl Shoko Nakagawa -- that's Shoko-tan to those who wanna get familiar -- who has made herself a minor entertainment career out of (1) being reasonably good-looking, and (2) cosplaying.

Word has it that she can draw a little bit, too.


Delphina said...

That's one disgusting clipart disc, but I guess it's good to get familiar with it for when it inevitably works its way into TokyoPop.

Shading and highlighting are easiest done with the Dodge/Burn tool.

-shudder!- It hurts and stings.

6:42 AM  
Anonymous said...

I'm a Hello! Project (and consequently Hello! Morning) fan, as well as a Warren Ellis fan. A bunch of us just spent the last couple days going over しょこたん's blog. My world is so tiny.

9:59 AM  

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