just wow! Keep it up, you have a great future! When I was 17 I didn't even have the essence of art you do, I just thought in Manga and simple arts...I still like Manga, but I have a hole different point of view about art, and it started just few years ago... I'll watch your evolution...hehe!
eccentricghostFeatured By OwnerFeb 1, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, Manga looks like it was a great place for you to start. It was totally worth it, looking at your art now. So, continue exploring your new view about art! I'm excited to see what kind of new pieces you'll make!
you're welcome... About Manga, actually the japanese culture itself, is my root. I'm a japanese descendant, so this is the obvious way. The concept of what people think about manga is too vague, like every character have their big eyes and teenage stories. The truth is that Manga is not a style, but what japanese call comics, in their language. For example: [link] [link] [link] *specially this one, Homunculus...this had an impact on me that I'll never forget, and one of the best stories I've ever seen (includind films, books, etc) None of them are "Mainstream" Manga, although I read Naruto, I like mostly the cult ones. Other influencies includes this guy: [link] ...that had influences from Moebius, that has somehow similarities with Enki Bilal...Ah yeah, I'm very influenced by Silent Hill games, that has influences from Francis Bacon, and so on. *Sorry for wrting too much...is my bad habit.
eccentricghostFeatured By OwnerFeb 2, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't worry about writing too much. But, wow, I never thought of Manga in this way and it's no wonder that you come from the Japanese culture. I'm so used to seeing the stereotypical big eyes and the excess of teenage characters in Mangas, but the links you showed me are different. It's refreshing to see something like that. Thank you. Of all the links you showed me, I like the work of Katsuya Terada the best. And I can see how Silent Hill games are one of your influences.
As for me, my influences stem from Renaissance artists, Rodin, and Egon Schiele. I don't know why, but I'm closely tied with dead artists. Hehe...
Egon is crazy, I like it too... There are two japanese artists that I respect, Takashi Murakami and Taro Okamoto: - Takashi Murakami and his movement "superflat" [link] [link] [link] *I think his art ir very deep, provocative and violent against consumism, more specifically the japanese society. Lot of his works uses what is considered pop, mutates it as he wants, an tries do alert us. His main theme is the bomb of World War 2 and the consequence been, nowadays, japanese people consuming like plagues without thinking, somehow like drinking alcohol like crazy, just to forget the everyday problems. There are lot of characters he creates that looks very retarded, with empty happiness, deformed by the toxicity of the nuclear bomb. This theme is present in the anime Paranoia Agent, by director Satoshi Kon [link] *The lyrics of the music say so much of the anime, lunatic but real in modern japan (Just 11 chapter with excelent quality and intelligence, but you have to understand Superflat to appreciate the anime more) - Taro Okamoto [link]
About manga and anime...I thought you'd say that, is very normal though. There are tons of "great" works in Japan, but few of it is know world wide. The criticism in japanese comics comes from people who just saw some Narutos or Pokemons, the "mainstream" part (but even in Mainstream, sometimes, I see some good manga). For exemple, I see lot of anime/filmes from 70/80/90's and some nowadays that is really, really good (Not just Akira or Ghost in the Shell, even though those 2 being some of the greatest films ever made): [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] *Matrix was a bit based on Ghost in the Shell [link] *the second Ghost in the Shell, visually stunning
So...this many exemples are "a bit" of what is beneath the mainstream shit everybody knows...but again, sometimes I see good mainstreans, this proves how rich is anime and manga. *and again, sorry for the amount of links and text...