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Art / Re: Manga cover analysis (guidebooks included)
« on: February 21, 2016, 08:48:15 pm »
I'd like to have a quick look at Naruto's covers!

I think it started by following the shounen standard in Japan as you showed for Dragon Ball: a square frame and bit popping out of it:


Sometimes though the composition goes a bit crazy (lazy?)...at first glance a lot of the covers are a bit difficult to read or don't seem to convey much:



A lot of covers can be read in a circular way - the japanese read right lo left, so in the covers below you can easily see how each element of the picture guides you to the next - an object, an arm, a look...there is often a strong standing element in the middle, and things happening around him.





I think that with time, Naruto has created his own style through his cover illustration, often very dramatic in the centre, and balanced with calm on the side:



I still don't think Naruto manga covers are amongst the best though! The manga chapters cover are a lot more experimental and original (fish eye view anyone?), but I have to admit that the style and composition makes Naruto stands out in manga stores!

Art / Re: Hate hands? I do too. NOW LET'S DRAW THEM EVERYDAY!!!
« on: February 21, 2016, 08:23:18 pm »
hahaha i like that challenge - sounds good!! I'll start posting hands tomorrow. Should we all work on similar poses or just random?

Members' Foyer / Oyaho!
« on: February 21, 2016, 08:14:44 pm »
Hi mina-san!

I stumbled upon this forum while looking for manga cover analysis / reviews.

I draw manga and at the moment my two focus are improving composition for illustrations, and reading any Leiji Matsumoto's work.

I currently read Kimi ni Todoke, Tokyo Ghoul Re: (though I can't seem to understand the latest chapters...), Shingeki No Kyoujin, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki Kun.

I speak French, English, Japanese (intermediate) - waiting patiently for releases of Gun Frontier and the new Captain Harlock edition in France.

I've been reading manga / watching anime for the past 20 years  ;D

And oh yeah I'm participating to the Manga Jiman Competition (UK only) if any of you are from around here :)

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