5 things I wish I knew before I started to draw manga or my 5 critical mistakes.

1. Resolution
2. Write down the dialogs in balloons or elsewhere
3. Storyboarding issue
4. outline
5. don`t start several projects at the same time

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Three manga-pages from 3 different stories which I was drawing at the same time ^.^’

1) Page size and resolution

When I was going to draw my first one-shot manga I have seen somewhere page size of 500×800 px required to upload … so, I have made pages exactly of that size! Originally. oh my!  They are so small. It goes without saying that I couldn`t print them. Of course, they are even too small to see them clearly on some  devices.
and I am not sure about resolution it was either 96 or 200 px. my other comics were a little bit bigger in size but also with low resolution.

2) Write down dialogues in the balloons of storyboard or somewhere else

I should have written them down for the god`s sake. Firstly, when I started to make comics, I didn`t write down the text, which was supposed to be told by characters – I just had the balloons left empty for some unknown reason relaying on my memory. Why did I do that? No idea. Later on, when it came up to filling the balloons I was sitting and guessing what was they supposed to say, staring at empty text bubbles. I mean of course I couldn`t forget general meaning but the key point is the first phrases coming up to my mind are usually more natural and funnier (as I am trying to add a little bit of humor into my manga) after that I started to write down the dialogues as soon as possible after they appear in my head – sometimes I do it in storyboards, sometimes in notebooks not to forget.

3. Storyboarding issues

When I just have started I wish I knew what storyboard is. It would make everything much easier but I didn`t make them. Then I started to draw them with graphic pencil, but slowly, I have realized that pencil wich I use with the light pressure may disappear from the paper as time flows by or become almost invisible. So, I started to use pen for drawing storyboards before actual pages. It helps a lot – to decide how the figures and text would be better placed on the page before the actual drawing not to remake it when it’s too late.

4. Outlining

I have never made outline or write down or even think over the whole plot before starting to draw. – I still don`t do. I usually happen to have the bright spark of the idea when I know how exactly should my story begin and end. What the hell is going on in the middle? who cares! I want to draw because I am so exited about the characters and the idea itself. and I did draw the beginning and the end and only after that I figured out what should be in the middle that could lead from beginning to a particular end. It is so wrong =D but I couldn`t help it. No, I think that making the proper outline having climax and chain of Interconnected events logically leading to it is better than “I love the start and the end so much but what to draw in the middle? Whatever! I must have something in there after all”. I have to work on this issue.

5. Several projects at the same time

And the last, the most obvious, not to start several projects at the same time, not for me back then =D I got so easily distracted by my ideas. And I want to draw them all at the same time. But it makes my slow drawing process eve more slower. Now I have to limit myself. On the sake of finishing at least one it is better to have one finished story them bunch of them started and no result at all.