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Jimmy is an eighteen year old boy with a strong passion for art, and a burning desire to create manga. As he strives to take the next step toward his dream of becoming a great artist, he enters the competitive world of DA. But will he be able to achieve his dream, or will he become just another faceless person in the sea of life.

Life and Manga are the same. But it's up to you to decide whether or not you want to be the protagonist.


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Common mistake beginners make with Manga

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 30, 2014, 11:08 AM
I made a post on Tumblr the other day, talking about what I believe to be a common mistake made by beginners when first trying to write a Manga for the first time. I figured I might as well make a DA journal of it too.


I thought about this a lot last night, and I figured I should write about it here.

When I first started wanting to make my own Manga, I had a very distinct goal in mind. To create the best Manga. Now, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to make a great Manga, but my idea of how it was done was very off.

You see, I would start to plan the kind of Manga I want to make, and it would be a lot like. - "I want it to have the in-depth, strategic characters of Deathnote, the intense battles of Bleach, the funniness of Bobobobobo(Or however it’s spelled) and the et cetera of etc.

The problem is that I just wanted to take all the good aspects of Manga that I liked and put it all together into one thing. The same applies to when thinking of what genres to use. - action, comedy, romance, drama, suspense, horror, mystery, crime, supernatural, etc. etc.

You see, take any one of those genres/types of stories and you can make a great story. In some cases you can have multiple types of genres in one thing. ie, action-comedy, drama-supernatural, crime-etc. BUT, when you try to mix all of them together, you end up with a poorly thoughtout, and underwelming story.

Think of it this way. Take the color red, it’s a good color all by itself. Now add some blue, and it makes purple, a completely new color. This is how mixing genres/story types works. You mix two-three things to make other things.

Now, if mixing blue with red worked the first time, then adding other colors should make it better right? no. Because when you add too many colors, it turns black/grey. I’m not sure if that’s the best metaphor, but you get the idea.

A good example is to look toward your favorite Manga/book/tv show, and look at what stories they went with. Deathnote for example. It had a strategic plot, and serious characters. But aside from the shinigami(Which didn’t do much), and the titular deathnotes, the story was more or less very plain. There was no magic battle, aliens, or insanely funny moments.

I suppose you could say that the most common mistake of every beginner is to try to be something perfect instead of just something good. When I started thinking of Manga stories, I wanted them to be perfect, and while I still aim to make a great Manga, I know that no Manga can appeal to everyone.

There’s a reason that the greatest Mangas ever are loved by some, and hated by others. Look at DragonBallZ, hailed as one of the greatest Manga ever made, and also criticized for it’s simple plot, lack of character development and a handful of other things. The reason for this is because what it does do, it does well, and what it doesn’t do, didn’t NEED to be done. If you added an in-depth plot/subplots, strategy, or other story filled things into DBZ, it would possibly ruin it.

The point of this, is that if you want to make a slice of life story, it doesn’t need huge battles, alien invasions, and demon portals. Just as an action filled space battle between gods doesn’t need to be based in a slice of life high-school setting.

Don’t try to do to much, or you’ll end up doing nothing at all.

I’m not sure if anyone will find this useful, but had I read this when I was fourteen, it would have prevented me from making a lot of dumb mistakes.

I primarily mention Shonen Manga, as that is what I myself read, but I’m positive that this applies to any genre of Manga, and also other mediums of story telling, such as American comic, and even literature and movies/tv shows.

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Which do you enjoy more when reading comics of any style/medium/format? 

3 deviants said Full color
3 deviants said Black and white, possibly with screentone
1 deviant said Grey-scale(Black and white, but with shades of grey)
No deviants said Limited colors(entire BG is one color, and each character only has one color)




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AbalamAnderson Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
May I kindly ask if you could give me your thoughts on my newest art piece ? I Am Hate
I would greatly appreciate it if you would! Also, I have sent you a good ole' Llama, Fav'd some of your wonderful art work and I became a Watcher! Also, if it wouldn't be to much; maybe consider donating a small donation to me and I'll feature you! Thanks! Hehe :D
JimmyDArtist Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the faves, and for watching me:D
I gave you a llama as well, and I took a look at your drawing too. If you're looking for feedback, try the thumbshare chatroom…
or the thumbshare forum…
They're great places to gain feedback, I've gotten some good critique from those places.:iconokie1plz:
LukaKawano Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
FAVs201408D by LukaKawano  
JimmyDArtist Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! But now I feel like a loser because I don't have a pre-drawn "you're welcome" image...Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] 
LukaKawano Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
NP. You just make it☆☆☆☆
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for adding my work to your collection
JimmyDArtist Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! :iconrikkavplz:
neverett5 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank you kindly for the fave

the webcam... the red one is crazy
I love the video!
JimmyDArtist Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!

As for the webcam, I made the gif from this video on youtube.…

Though it sounds like you've 
already seen it before :D
neverett5 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
yep! though I do think it was quite nice of you to give me the link. ^^
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