Kick-start your manga art!

Is your art in se­ri­ous need of some su­per­star flour­ishes? We’ve en­listed Gen­zoman to help you hit the re­fresh but­ton on your paint­ings…

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Grab at­ten­tion from a dis­tance, with Gen­zoman.

Ask any artist and they’ll al­ways say how great it feels when they find out one of their art­works res­onates with the viewer, or a re­view notes that it has plenty of de­tail or a great fin­ish.

I ap­pre­ci­ate it when some­one says that a par­tic­u­lar im­age of mine caught their at­ten­tion from a dis­tance. Why? Well, we live in a world that’s full of vis­ual stim­uli. Mak­ing your paint­ings stand out in this sea of im­ages is es­sen­tial if an artist is to be­come suc­cess­ful. So an im­age that can be read within a few sec­onds and from a dis­tance helps a lot. For sev­eral years I worked as an edi­tor for ad­ver­tis­ing agencies, where clients were happy for an im­age to be com­plex as long as it was also sim­ple to read. I re­mem­ber when I handed over a piece of art­work to a client and the re­sponse was: “The pic­ture you did is okay, but it doesn’t work well enough from a dis­tance.” And the client was right.

I went away think­ing about artists such as Frank Frazetta or Mike Mig­nola, who have the skill to rank cer­tain el­e­ments in or­der of pri­or­ity within an il­lus­tra­tion, so that the viewer in­stantly knows what they’re look­ing at.

So be­ing a good il­lus­tra­tor and hav­ing the skill to ap­ply nu­mer­ous art tech­niques to the can­vas is al­ways im­por­tant. But equally key is be­ing able to cre­ate an ac­ces­si­ble im­age that catches the eye from dis­tance, which pulls the viewer in and takes them around the com­po­si­tion. Al­low me to pass on my tips for achiev­ing this, and more, in your art.

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