So this pic consists of two separate versions of the same panel from a page in Chapter 15. (Uh, yeah... spoiler warning: Fara drives Rain to school in the next chapter. XD)
I've been toying with the idea of changing the way I draw pages for a little while now, but with Chapter 15 effectively being the start of Volume 3, I felt it was as good a time as any. I wanted to experiment with it before just jumping right into something new and realizing I hated it though. So I drew the same panel twice, via both methods and tried to keep them as consistent as possible. The end result is what you see here.
The big difference is that the potential new style is cleaner, smoother, and has thinner lines. On the one hand, I personally like that quite a bit. On the other - and maybe it's just me - but I feel like it loses some of the current style's cute charm. The cleaner look arguably makes it look kinda stiff to me.
Incidentally, both versions took me about the same amount of time. Lineart is faster in the current version, whereas the coloring is slower. The newer version colors fast, but the lines take longer. It ends up being about the same amount of work either way (maybe the original is slightly easier, but only slightly), so that's not really a factor.
So, I want to hear your opinions. Do you think the new style is worth it, or should I just evolve with what I've got (which is due for a little evolution as is, anyway)? I'm legitimately conflicted, so your thoughts are very valuable to me right now.
Yea you are right in that the 'newer' style is a lot cleaner, and it does lose its cutsey charms. ( not quite all but you knew that :P ) That said the new style might actually start taking you less time as you get used to it. Just my 2 cp
While the lines are sharper and clearer on the new style, it makes it feel more jagged and stiff. I prefer the current style, though that may just be my bias against change
The newer style is more stiff, and occasionally jagged, but that can change over time. At the same time, the right's anatomy looks cleaner. You could always keep it as it is for the 3rd chapter, and in some spare time, keep practicing the new style. See if you start to like it, or if you start to hate it.
I like new. It's less fuzzy and more decipherable.
Hmm. This is a tough one. As has been stated, the new style is a lot clearer and cleaner, but also a bit jagged. It's also more noticeable where your hand wobbles when you're inking. Personally, I think the jagged/wobbly look will go away with time and practice, so I think I like the new style better.
Perhaps experiment with inking at a larger dpi or more zoomed in? Granted, I don't know what you're currently working at, and those options may make the lineart take longer to draw, so it may not be worth it. Just a thought, in any case. :)
New for me. It looks really nice and stuff.
I like the newer style. Much clearer.
The current style has a charm to it. I like it. But things aren't always as clear. The new style is much more clear, but that means that mistakes are also much more evident. I'd say play around with the new one. the wonky parts might just smooth themselves out with practice. Either way, go with whatever you think is best!
I personally prefer the new style. It's much easier on the eyes (and the reduced fuzziness is way better for the already-visually-impaired)
Flip a coin. :P
I vote current. What has been said already, new is too stiff.
maybe thicker lines but cleaner? hybrid the two?
At first I disliked the new one, but that's just cause I hate change but now that I looked more the left one looks like an out of focus picture where the right one looks a lot crisper. I think I like the right one more and the longer I look at it, the more I think that the cuteness remains the same.
I like the focus of the new one, but I agree with @HollowLovePainter -- go with what you prefer or is easier to draw; because I still love the cutesy charm of the original style too!
Regardless, so long as you keep up the good work I'll still love you!! <3
Personally I prefer the new, but I've always had a preference for crisp, clear lines.
To speak frankly, the biggest draw of this manga is it's content, rather than it's art. Therefore I think you should develop he art style you prefer.
A crisper, cleaner style can be a lot better for showing details and is overall usually more effective.
On the other hand the cutesy style often makes it easier to draw large scenes and it has a better appeal.
I like the new. It makes the drawings look like they have more depth.
For those who can see the difference but cant figure it out... Its like before glasses and after. Not much of a difference in style, but still a difference. I started reading this comic today, but never noticed a comment having been posted. I just want the author/artist to know, with every page I've become more and more of a fan. While I've never been in this situation, or met anyone who has, I feel as though I would want to be one of Rain's friends, to be there to help or support her to the best of my abilities.
Just realized I didn't scroll down far enough to see other comments, I am so embarrassed.
Can't say I prefer one over the other. Both have their pro/cons, pretty much like you said.
What I don't get though is why one line thickness would take longer than the other. I mean, after drawing the lines, you can make them any thickness you want, right?
I really like how the clothes look with the new style, but the old style look better overall
This is the main reason why I bought Volume 3 rather than 1 or 2. I really love the cleaner outlines and think they're a big improvement. Though that's subjective, I suppose ^_^
Now I am not sure whether I want to continue right away or wait for the book to arrive. Should get here any day now. That being said, I'll probably keep reading from the website anyway, for the pretty color and the comments...