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EF#14 Three Smart and Brave Characters

I love cartoons. When I was a little, I used to watch many cartoons (mostly anime) on tv. There are two kinds of anime, namely Shounen and Shoujo. Shounen is more aimed at a young male audience, while Shoujo for female. I like watching both, but my favourite anime characters are from Shounen anime. Anyway, is it bad if I still like watching cartoons until now? :mrgreen:

My favourites when I was little were Doraemon and Detective Conan. My elder sister said that many episodes of Doraemon and Detective Conan on tv were repeated, she had watched the same episodes before. I didn’t really care, I still loved watching them. Conan Edogawa (Shinichi Kudo) was my favorite cartoon character for years. As the time passed, I watched many more anime and read more manga. I read Death Note manga series and fell in love with it, the main character, Light Yagami has become my other favourite since then. I also started watching Naruto at that time, and Sasuke  Uchiha joined Conan Edogawa and Light Yagami on my top list.

1. Conan Edogawa (Shinichi Kudo) from Detective Conan (English Version: Case Closed) Series

Who doesn’t know Detective Conan? It is a very popular anime which is adapted from manga series by a manga artist and author, Aoyama Gosho. Shinichi Kudo is a prodigious young detective whose body shrinks into a kid after being poisoned by two men. Then he takes up the alias Conan Edogawa. He is so brilliant. The way he solves the cases makes me admire him. I read the manga series also. Well, since I love to draw, here I share my fanart drawing of Detective Conan.

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2. Light Yagami from Death Note Series

Death Note is an anime adapted from manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. Death Note is only adapted into a movie, not tv series. The main character in Death Note is Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook that grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face they know. He is always accompanied by a shinigami called Ryuk (the previous owner of the Death Note) everywhere since then. Light Yagami is very intelligent, although he is also tricky and too ambitious. But that makes him become more attractive to me. I adore Light Yagami so much! I’m in love with him, and wish him existed in real world 😁 This is my fanart drawing of Light Yagami together with Misa Amane and the misterious L.

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3. Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto Series

Honestly, I don’t watch Naruto very often. I only like watching it in the early episodes. I don’t read the manga either. I love Sasuke Uchiha. He is a smart ninja, although  he has cold and detached attitude. I think he is the most good looking ninja among others. No wonder, Sakura likes him so much. And they are married in the end. I’m a brokenhearted fan. My lil nephew sometimes calls me Sakura because he knows I like Sasuke so much 😁 This is my fanart drawing of Sasuke. I drew it this morning.

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Well, those three cartoon characters are my favourites. Perhaps, Light Yagami is my most favourite between those three, hmmm  but Conan Edogawa also, and Sasuke… Sorry, I can’t choose. I love them because they are smart and brave. The characteristics that I will value the most from a guy in real life. Well, this is my story of my favourite cartoon character. What about you?

In response to BEC English Friday 14th Challenge: Favourite Cartoon Character.

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FanArt: Lady Victorian

Happy Sunday! Another fanart drawing by me. It’s from Lady Victorian comic by Naoko Moto. The story is set in Victorian Era. A story about a young girl, Bluebell Lily Everrose (Bell) who comes to London to seek for a job as a governess. There’s also Noel Scott, a young man who runs a publishing house. He is in love with Bell. But the main story is actually about Argent Gray, a boy who is adopted and trained as a lady then he becomes the society’s top lady and is known as the very beautiful Lady Ethel. I love this manga series so much, that’s why I drew the fanart drawings of it. 🙂

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Noel & Bell
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Noel & Lady Ethel
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Fan Art: Detective Conan & Death Note

Detective Conan & Death Note are two of my favorite manga series. I love them so much, that’s why I drew the fan art form of them, just as personal hobby, not for commercial and no copyright infringement intended 🙂

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Detective Conan

Who doesn’t know Detective Conan? It’s a very popular anime who adapted from manga series by a manga artist and author, Gosho Aoyama. Shinichi Kudo is a prodigious young detective whose body shrinks into a kid after being poisoned by two men. Then he takes up the alias Conan Edogawa.

Death Note
Death Note

Death Note is an anime adapted from manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The main character in Death Note is Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook that grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face they know. I ADORE LIGHT YAGAMI SO MUCH! I’m in love with him, and wish him existed in real world 😀

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Instructional: How To Draw Manga

In response to Writing 201 Week Two Assignment: Instructional.

I was a bit confused to choose between How To Draw Manga and How To Make Animation Using Macromedia Flash for this assignment at first. But then, I chose the drawing. I love drawing. I’m so interested in drawing manga since I like reading Japanese comics. I’m not an expert, though. I just do it as my hobby. So, here we go.

About Manga
Manga are Japanese comics or graphic novels. Manga are usually serialized and have many genres. Manga are not only for children, but for adults as well. And you may ever hear about anime too. Anime are Japanese animated cartoon videos, on television or are released to home video. Manga and anime are closely related but are ultimately two different things. Manga are often used as the basis for an anime, but not every anime is from a manga and not all manga are made into an anime. Detective Conan and Death Note are two of my favorite Japanese comics and both are made into anime too.

Drawing
If you buy a Manga Tutorials book, you’ll see many patterns to draw manga in it. Those patterns are made to help people to draw step by step. For example if you want to draw fingers, you need to make some lines and small circles, then erase this part and that part. For me personally, that’s confusing. So I can’t give you a tutorial by those kinds of patterns here because I never draw manga based on patterns. I just draw it my way. Everyone has the different style of drawing, so do I. I find mine a bit different than the manga drawings that I usually see. But it’s my own style. So I’ll share what I usually do to draw manga.

Firstly, of course you need to prepare the drawing equipment, namely; drawing book, pencil, eraser, and pencil sharpener in case you need to sharpen your pencil. As for the pencil, it’s up to you to use a wood pencil or the mechanical one, just choose which one is you’re more comfortable with. I prefer the wood pencil. I use the 2B pencil here. I draw a front view manga here. I used to draw the hair first. You can start drawing from the top, don’t hesitate to move your pencil and don’t get worried about making mistakes. You can use your eraser if you make mistakes. Just start with some thin and smooth lines, and then make them thicker and rougher. After drawing the hair, now draw the shape of head and ears. Create the oval shape to draw a head. You can make the lines from left to right or vice versa, which one you think is easier.

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Now, we’re going to draw the eyes, nose, and lips. There are many expressions you can draw, such as happy, sad, confused, shocked etc. Here I draw a smiling face. You can draw the nose and lips with some simple lines. There are a lot of eyes styles too. This style I make is the one that I often draw. Here are the steps.

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We’re done drawing head. Now we’re going to draw the rest of the body. But here, I just draw from head to hip. After finishing the head, let’s draw the neck, shoulder and then decide what kind of clothes you want to draw for your manga character. Drawing the arms and hands are the next steps. For some people, drawing hands could be the most difficult part. I also found it difficult sometimes. You can imagine how your hand when you do this, that, or hold something. Or, to make it easier you can use a mirror, just like what I did sometimes. For example, you want to draw a manga character that holds a magazine, you can look at the mirror with a magazine in your hand. Memorize it and draw it soon on your drawing book. Hope it helps!

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The last is the finishing step. You just need to check your drawing. Which part you need to repair or add some lines and make it bold in some parts, just do it so. You can learn some techniques of drawing everywhere, book or the internet. You also can see people’s drawings for inspirations but don’t try too hard to copy them. Just start drawing with your own style. The most important here, you need to use your imagination and creativity.

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Coloring
Coloring is not a must. In most of the Japanese comics, you’ll see the drawings are just black and white, except the covers. I sometimes color my drawings, sometimes not. If I saw my drawing was better left uncolored, I wouldn’t color it. But for this assignment, I want to make a colored manga. I use colored pencils here. You can also use crayons etc, or you can use any software. I sometimes use Photoshop to color my drawings. There is no certain rule in coloring. But you can learn some techniques. You can make it darker in some parts and brighter in other parts, to make some highlights and make your drawing look real. Or you can mix two colors to have a new color. Just improve your creativity. Here is the final result, hope you like it.

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What I share here is the simple form of manga. I think I need to practice more to have a better technique for drawing manga. I am now learning to draw a more realistic style of manga that the characters look like real human. There are a lot of artists whose drawings are so amazing. I adore them, they inspire me to learn more and improve my skill. Now, I look forward to seeing your drawings, guys. “I want to draw, but I think I have no talent”. Talent is needed, of course. But let’s put talent aside, you can draw by learning and practicing more and more. Because, being good at something is not all about talent, but also willingness to learn. So, create yours!