If you really want to understand the concept and the work required to achieve success as a manga artist I suggest you read and watch "Bakuman"
Bakuman has inspired me in so many ways, to never give up and keep on trying even if things gets hard you should never drop your pen and totally believe in yourself. This anime shows how to become a Manga Artist and the things you have to do. Many times I have attempted and thought about becoming a manga illustrator because I like the idea of inking and seeing the story and characters come to life. Although I am not good at story telling or the fact that I know how to draw something from different angles and being persistent, I have managed to develop a new type of style which makes my characters and art different. I am not trying to follow the "Manga Rules" and instead I do things in my own style which seems to have created a big impact on the audience. I am not trying to create something that's pornographic or hentai but instead I like to leave things to the imagination which is why my design was really popular when I first posted the design and I had a lot of people watching my stream.
I decided to create a manga page based on real life. For months all I heard about or saw was girls talking about their heartbreak. Either their boyfriend cheated on them or things didn't work out and it was flooding through my news feed. I was getting annoyed at seeing so many posts, each one saying almost the same thing. They would explain their situation, and straight away people would comment things like "I'm always here if you wanna talk." Seeing this on a daily basis made me want to avoid social media in order not to read any more. Some girls would still message me telling me all about it. Slowly I started to think about my first heartbreak. It almost destroyed me, I was left with depression for a few years. This happened years ago now, but seeing other people's hearts broken brought it all back. First loves (and first heartbreaks) are the hardest to overcome.
Rather than being rude or disrespectful, I actually spent time talking and helping the people I saw in pain. I tried to be someone they could lean on and at the same time I wanted to tell their story, which is what inspired this design. I wanted everyone to connect on a deeper emotional level. I've never done anything like this before so it was a challenge for me.I love reading manga because I enjoy storytelling so I thought this was a great chance to create just one manga page, to express their emotions through just facial expressions.
I did this in the hope that other people would relate to the design on a deeper emotional level, by knowing and remembering their own heartbreaks and how it made them feel. To know what it is like when you place all you have in their hands and hope they will look after it, and cherish each part of you that makes who you are.I got some amazing positive feedback and personally I think this was an interesting approach considering how good it made them feel about themselves, and that these girls weren't alone in that experience.
Being a Manga Artist isn't easy till you know how to develop your own style which is why when you read a manga the characters slowly starts to change, the quality of the manga and the story line. This is something that develops through time and experience. With me I have done plenty of realistic type of illustrations so when I had approached this design I wanted to mix the both together, the typical Manga style and realism which is why the body seems better toned and more sexy compare to the first one. The first character you see at the top of the page and this one are both the same character except I have changed and developed a different style. I have also tried creating my own background which didn't come out as good as I thought it would be but that's because I still need to learn more about how background works. You can clearly see how much I have improved by learning and understanding how to draw anime. You shouldn't follow the crowed just because they say its not "manga" doesn't mean it isn't. You will find that most anime and manga have the same generic character, but what sets them apart is the story and personality that's why people struggle with "Original Characters" because they draw them in a straight line. Personally I always try to give each of my characters a personality, a purpose, a meaning and a backstory that I can relate to and so can others. Don't follow what everyone else is doing, you have to remember something... Manga first started thanks to Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse which is why they developed anime because they wanted something in their own style and if you look at the first few Manga artwork that was published you would see how much it has developed to what it is now. Don't be scared to explore and experiment at the end of the day its your own Art work and the opinions of others shouldn't matter just because they believe they are "experts."
~ Nightfrost Studios