“One of my favorite things to do with long-running manga I like (or used to read) is go look at the first pages of the story, then the later pages, and see how the artwork has changed/improved. It might sound weird, but it reminds me that these pros are still growing artists, like me.”
When I get into an artist, I like to read about them. I know some people think the only thing that should matter is the art, but I really like to find out about the person who makes it- where they studied (if they went to art school), what inspires them to draw, their supplies, etc. I seem to have no problem finding info with American or European artists, but when it comes to manga, I either find out very little about the artist or all the info I find is in Japanese, so I can’t read it. And when the series isn’t popular, I can’t find out anything about the person at all. So, while I may like the manga, the artist behind it feels very distant to me. They’re just this faceless figure somewhere on the other side of the globe that happens to draw a comic I like. As terrible as it sounds, they feel less human to me. And when an artist feels less human to me, I start seeing their skill as being this unreachable level of perfection. Logically, I know they practice and work their ass off to get good, but I can’t help that slight feeling of helplessness.
But then I go back through the chapters they drew and I see how their skills have improved. It reminds me that their style isn’t some Godlike impeccability. It’s organic- it shifts, changes, and grows- just like my art and everyone else. They’re just artists, great artists, but still artists, and they’re still experimenting and finding themselves within the artwork they make.
I did list the artist for each manga at the bottom of the confession, but in case anyone can’t see them or wants the titles of the series, here they are. From top to bottom:
*Alive: The Final Evolution - story by Tadachi Kawashima, art by Adachitoka (art group formed by 2 women)
*Katekyo Hitman Reborn - Akira Amano,
*Fullmetal Alchemist - Hiromu Arakawa
*D. Grayman - Katsura Hoshino
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