Monday, June 26, 2017

An illustrator interview (with Akasaka Yosora)

Sarah:
Hi dear my friends! What’s up? Your guide Sarah here!

Yosora:
Hello there, I’m Yosora Akasaka.

Sarah:
Today, I’m going to feature an interview with one of our Mangakas
Yosora Akasaka, the author of  “4MIX”!
We’ve covered 4MIX before so check it out to refresh your memory.
http://wizcomic-official-blogg.blogspot.jp/2016/11/introducing-manga4mix.html
So!
Nice to have you here.


Yosora:
Thank you for having me.


Sarah:
The story begins with a question “What if there’s no extracurricular activities you want to join in your school? ...I’ll simply make one for myself.”
The main character is a BUG lover. Other club members practice Aiki, Traditional tea ceremony, reading... they all practice different things.


Yosora:
That’s right. Just one thing. It’s not Tea ceremony but Kimono dressing, to be exact.
The specialties based on my personal preferences...


Sarah:
OMG, am I mistaking it?! I’m terribly sorry.

BTW. Take a peek. A girl explains the bug lover girl about the secret of butterfly bows.






Sarah:
The main character of bug lover and the other girls with general feelings react differently.
Showing differences in values interests readers.


Yosora:
I’m sure there aren’t many bug lovers among girls.


Sarah:
I randomly picked a page from an episode that girls go kimono shop.
It’s a totally unknown world to me so even catching a glimpse got me excited. Pricey!


Yosora:
And professional sales ladies are super persuasive.


Sarah:
So smooth. They swiftly put the girl kimono on just like magic ignoring the fact she's embarrassed.
I guess shop staffs do things alright. No complaints.
Now their lively smiling faces are a little bit creepy to me.



Gecka:
You wear kimono-ish dress too, huh? Where’d you get that anyway?
BTW, I’ll run away quickly when I see sales people coming to me when I go shopping.



Sarah:
Hey Gecka! You’re here too?


Gecka:
Actually, I wanted to say hi because I love this manga.
Hi. I’m Gecka. Nice to see you! I love your manga!



Sarah:
So you’re autograph seeker or what?
If you’re here to ask her for shaking hands? Don't interrupt.

Go back to your place.


Gecka:
Alright then. Bye. *Hmph*.

 

Sarah:
Sorry about the interruption. Let’s cut to the chase.
Could you tell us more about your manga? The highlight, something you particularly focusing on, future story etc.?



Yosora:
I hope for readers to have just a single moment of letting out a chuckle every episode.
I’m planning to reveal characters and private lives of those girls little by little.



Sarah:
I’ll look forward to it.
Thank for very much responding our interview offer.
We Wiz Comics wish you continued success in the future.




Friday, June 16, 2017

Correcting Illustration “Golden Ratio of Face”and “Good-looking Figure”



 Sarah

"Hi! I'm Sarah, WizComic's guide!”

Gecka

Thankfully, there was correction request today also!”

In fact, I had received 2 pages together, but today we will work on my friend “Kinoko”’s correction!

Sarah

Wow, this is cool.”

 

Gecka

There are plenty of explanation on newly written Manga!

Let’s move on the explanation!”

 
 

Gecka

Head and body ratio is set with assumption that “heels”should be there.”

Gecka

Yes, I’m out. “Low-angles Perspective Trap”


Sarah

What is that.”

Gecka

Low-angles, high-angles are too much trouble for artists.

I used to say, “Farther things are, smaller they become!”

I applied and draw people as if I was drawing the Tokyo Tower,

Even if they are no special low-angles or high-angles.

So, when I draw faces in low-angles and high-angles,

you do not understand good enough that

“farther you go, width becomes narrower and

 front side becomes wider. Farther you go, smaller it becomes.”

and be conscious to draw in ultra harsh perspective line.

Actually, even if angles are not close from right above or below,

head and body are rarely omitted.

Moreover, you can consider that the perspective is not used in drawing faces.”

Sarah

That makes sense… Maybe I understood or maybe not…”

Gecka

On the contrary, you do not come to know from omitting too much.

Maybe “Too much is never too good”.

For now, before you understand about that, I want you to know about golden ratio of face.

 

 

Gecka

First, if you want to draw normal face, the ratio is a must.

If you remember this, you can be sure you will not draw abnormal face.

Confirm the below 3 ratios. “Real Touch”,”Boys Manga”,”Adorable Looking Picture”.


 


Sarah

It is available for adorable looking


pictures to realistic touch illustration!!”


Gecka

Well, there are exceptions in everything.

Not all faces are made in these ratios, but if you remember this, you will not have almost any troubles.

 

Gecka

Ooooops, I almost forgot.”

Even you learn about face ratio,

 if you do not consider the volume of the hair,

 it will look weird.

You cannot make all of them bold.”

Sarah

All characters in skinhead…

Gecka will like it even though.”

Gecka

It has to be only for good looking or handsome man, right?

No way, beautiful girl completely bold, right?”


 


Gecka

Well, this is extra edition.

Do you all know what kind of “exception” is included?”



Sarah

Surprisingly, we don’t realize…”

Gecka

By the way, this ratio is almost same as Jason Statham’s, the famous British Actor.

The ratio, a bit long from nose down acts as technique to portray low-keyed person.

Well, we have come long way, but let’s keep in mind these points and

ink over Mr.Kinoko’s illustration!”

 

Gecka

You may say he does not look like he is looking above!,

This is an example of how it looks “it will be somewhat like this, assuming from the cross

If you want him to look more above, you need to create more slope to whole body.”


Sarah

How you portray ATARI completely changes the image…”

Gecka

About head and body, it has many variety depending on design and character.

6 heads high in muscular battle type,

looks a little roly-poly chubby and

somewhat suites better for cute characters.

You see, aren’t adorable looking girls in anime almost always all 6 heads high?

Sarah

You may be right…”

 


Gecka

I especially like 8 heads high.

8 heads high may be muscular,

but looks cool.”

Sarah

Muscles again…”

Gecka

Forgive me, Only muscles are nice to me.

Muscles won’t betray me…”


Sarah

I don’t know what kind of mental status you’re in, but

why don’t you see a doctor?”


 

Gecka

In the end, 7 heads high is sporty but not too big.”

You don’t have to draw muscles, but both sense of stability and slender figure are there.

 

Gecka

Considering the above, it will look like this when you put on the top.”

Sarah

It changes so much by just changing the head and body!”

Gecka

That’s right, isn’t it something you must be careful about?”

You all must try different head and body per character!”


You can request for Correction of illustration by twitter!

Please feel free to send DM or reply!!