Akira Toriyama is one Japan’s most beloved manga creators. After stints in advertising and motorcycle repair, he entered the serialized manga scene with his first story about a super-strong girl robot in Dr. Slump. However, it wouldn’t be until 1984 when his most world-renown creation, Dragonball, would scream onto the stage to instant popularity. The massive series ran for 11 years and became one of the world’s most popular manga and anime series of all time. He would also find acclaim designing characters for video games, most notably RPGs Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger.
I have a question. I know the post is from April, but your post with the Soundwave sketches. Might I ask about a. what tools you used and b. some of your techniques? I would guess a fine point mechanical pencil? And in regard to techniques, do you use a straight edge at all? You linework is so magnificently clean. I'm just really curious how you achieved such clean, distinct lines?
Oh! Heh, people sure seem to be fond of my sketches of Sounds o_o
Hear that Soundwave?
Well as for the tools, you are correct. I used a 0.5 leaded mechanical pencil - I like 0.5 leaded better than 0.7 pencils since they tend to not smudge as much. More so often though, I will use regular graphite pencils (usually 2H for light sketching) and darken lines afterwards with my mechanical pencil (a 2B lead type) or graphite pencils (4B or so) for defining my lines. This is how I get my lines to come out so prominently.
Pretty much I just roughly sketch lightly forming figures, gradually erasing unneeded lines. When I darken, this is also when I add the little details lighter drawn. Afterwards, I shade usually with parallel hatching in a gradient style.
I sometimes use my eraser to add highlights too
I don’t usually use a straightedge unless I’m inking nor do I darken my sketching so much. Penciling, I just freehand things. Hope this answers your question and thanks to you and your kind kind Optimus face
i think there’s a lot of pressure in the art community to kind of strive for your art to be detailed+realistic and all these other expectations based on some kind of ridiculous standard of what “good art” is, but like idk simple plain stuff can be amazing too, non-realistic stuff can be amazing too dont let anyone set your art standards but yourself tbh ignore everyone