Screentones added on my pc. Here's the untoned image, and the sketch with Yumi Kiiro's original art:
In the Inspiration section of my blog I wrote a post about Yumi Kiiro's Library Wars, and how I admire her style (http://wabisabimagpie.weebly.com/inspiration/yumi-kiiro-library-wars). I have recently attempted to start using ink and dip pens, and in order to practice this I have been working from manga pages to attempt to replicate the lines etc. used by manga artists. In my last post about working from other artists' works I mentioned that I sometimes change things as I develop my own style, but in this case I haven't been trying to change anything, instead working directly from the original images. My goal here is to develop skill rather than style.
The image above is my finished piece. I still really struggle with drawing long steady lines with the dip pens. Actually the hair in the bottom left and the whole of the bottom right picture I did using thin liner pens rather than the dip pen, as a bit of an experiment really.
I already admired the way Yumi Kiiro draws the hair in her manga, but I do even more now, because I found it really difficult, hence how messy mine is. I definitely need to practice some more!
I don't have any screentones, so I added the toning on my computer. Here's the untoned version, as well as the initial sketch, and the original page I worked from:
I belong to the school of thought that it is a good thing to copy other artists work (for your own practice, obviously, not to pass it off as your own). I find it helpful to draw from other artists work because it helps to experiment with using different styles in order to find your own. I used to only copy exactly what I saw, but I find that nowadays when I draw from others' work I tend to change things, sometimes just slightly, maybe only a few details, sometimes drastically changing the style (like in the third picture). As time has gone on I have found ways that I like to do things and I have started to develop a style of my own, but as I am still not very good when it comes to drawing out of my head, I still need something to work from to help me get poses and clothing right.
The first picture comes from some concept art from the second season of Darker Than Black. The second is from アンのマゴマゴ図書之国 (Ann no Magomago Tosho Land), and the third from 天使1/2方程式 (Tenshi 1/2 Houteishiki), both in Japan's Hana to Yume manga magazine.
Some fairly simple poses for practice. I need to draw a lot more of these! I used a few sources for reference - some pose examples on pinterest and some from Mark Crilley's How to Draw Manga book.
The girl shouting was drawn from a magazine photograph, she accidentally ended up on the same page as the pose practice but seeing as I drew her for the same reason I left them together.