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When making the one-panel work of art, I decided to try a new technique that I have been wanting to use: coffee. You can use coffee like watercolor with a paintbrush and a cup of joe. You can layer the coffee to get nice splotchy looks, just like you would watercolor. Now, there really isn’t any artistic benefit to using coffee instead of watercolor. However, I figured that I only want to use watercolor/coffee for the texture in the shadows and I can color the characters in later, I figured that coffee is a much cheaper alternative for expensive watercolors. And it works just as good!
What I did was I took a picture of the one-panel picture, and I used a filter on my phone to make it black and white. However, that made the white more grey, and caused problems later on with photoshop. I think I’ll just use the picture of the coffee and lower the saturation so that I keep the white.
Next, I put the black and white picture into photoshop, where I played with filters and masks to get the colors right. I created a white gutter around the picture, because I didn’t want the page to bleed.
And this is my finished piece! If you have any questions, just ask!
Today, when Dr. Dru was going over the different genres of manga, I couldn’t help but think about the differences in genre in comparison to American comic genres. In Japan, they have shonen manga, which was popular amongst boys, of which most people know about (such as Naruto or One Piece). However, they also had shojo manga, which was popular amongst girls. This, however, isn’t nearly as popular in America. Now, personally, I love action as much as the next guy, but I still wonder why shojo was never really popular in America. Sailor Moon is probably the most popular shojo manga, but that’s about it.
This difference between Japanese and American comics interests me because in order to provide the public with a female-oriented genre of comics, the comic artists are required to accept the fact that they have a female clientele. This caught me off guard. But what surprised me the most is the fact that shojo manga rose in the mainstream manga culture in the 1960s, and there aren’t really any mainstream comics in America that are created for girls by girls. There are some underground comics, but it still seems that American comics are refusing the fact that girly-girls would like to read comics about girly stuff.
At most, we have gender-neutral comics in America. But I don’t think that’s enough. I want sparkles without any light source. I want illogical floating roses in the background. I want shiny eyes that express emotion and mystery. I want strong female protagonists that fight the patriarchy and establish peace and freedom and equality with everyone of every sexual identity.