How newbies can get into Manga

Posted by | August 22, 2019 | animation jobs

Since it’s inauguration in the 1950’s the manga industry has achieved huge international success and is currently worth $85 000. The broad range of genres and art styles available means that there is something for everyone, as such manga is read and appreciated by people of all ages and walks of life.

Many people find manga reading to be so enjoyable and provocative that over time it can stimulate an interest to start creating it yourself. This article will recommend some good places to start when it comes to reading manga, how to draw manga, and how you might be able to go about making a living out of animation.

Where to start

The world of manga is so vast that it can be hard to navigate, fortunately though, there are some useful categorisations that can aid you in making a decision as to what you might enjoy. There is a huge amount of genres, that get broken down further into sub genres, so it can be a little confusing! However, the main genres that you can think of are there, some of the most popular are action adventure, mystery thriller, romance and slice of life, and super natural and sci-fi. 

Target audience

Manga is also classified in terms of its target audience, that is, the age and gender of the people it is aimed at. However, it’s important to remember that this is only a rough guide, as ultimately it will come down to your tastes and preferences. Some of the most popular Manga’s/Anime’s to get started with are Comboy Beebop, Gurren Lagann, Full Metal Alchemist, One Piece, Death Note or Attack on Titan.

How to draw manga

The golden rule of manga drawing is this: precision is key. The only way to produce an authentic manga drawing is to draw all the various shapes and lines at exactly the right angle, following a specific set of metrics. Creating a manga character is about much more than giving them big shiny eyes! We recommend following a step by step manga drawing guide to get you started, and once you have had sufficient practice, you would have develop the motor skills and muscle memory necessary to create authentic drawings unaided.

Creating a web channel

There are lots of manga and anime sites as well as YouTube channels dedicated towards reviewing the latest manga’s and anime’s. There is also a whole host of webcomic platforms for reading manga online. If you would like to build a career in manga or animation, then marketing yourself online is essential. 

If you are planning on creating an online webcomic, to expand your audience it is important to make the comics accessible to the visually impaired. This can be achieved by creating an alt-text that explains what is happening visually as well as making the text available in audio format.

Finding a career in animation

There are a number of different ways to get into the manga and anime industry. Some of the most common ways involve showcasing your work to a comic publisher, publishing online, promoting yourself at fairs or winning a comics award. Getting noticed is the key. 

How newbies can get into manga If you are living outside of Japan, then the best opportunities would be setting yourself up as a freelancer and searching for job opportunities and projects to join online. The creators of online web comics, magazines books and other projects are always looking to employ illustrators to help. Once you have established yourself and gained some traction and experience, if you wanted to branch out on your own you could think about starting your own projects and eventually setting up your own online business.

Jane Evans – Freelance Writer

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