Last I borrowed a library book, Manga Now! and passed it to my 12-year old son, who hasn’t really ‘clicked’ with art. To my joy it really grabbed him, so much so that yesterday he invested his pocket money in some manga-style marker pens. Here he is today in a quick sketch, starting his first manga picture. He actually sat fairly still, he was so engrossed in the process. Quite why he prefers to work on the floor is a mystery to me, but I’m not going to argue if it gets him creating. It’s nice to see him not behind a computer screen, although he’s still ‘plugged in’ via headphones to a Terry Pratchett Discworld audio book. To be fair, I expect if that had been an option to me at his age, I’d have been just the same.
I rapidly made the sketch first in pen, then on with the washes. I wish that I’d managed to get the proportions of the legs and arms right in the first sketch. Also, the faces don’t really look like him; I find it so very hard to capture a likeness in just a few strokes. (I do like the t-shirt colour though – luscious). If I’d had more room on the page, I’d have done more sketches, but I ran out of space. That sounds like a feeble excuse, but I didn’t want to start a new page…Anyway, what matters most is that I know who it is, and for me it’s a record of a moment which would otherwise be lost.