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Nsio Style Testing 1 Updated by Nsio Nsio Style Testing 1 Updated by Nsio
I wanted to do some practicing and test what kind of style variations I have. I could come up with 7 variations for the time being, but there are likely more than these. I may draw few more and post another set or update this one.

I call the first two "default" styles, because they are most natural for me to draw. In fact, I didn't really aim for these two default styles, but I like to draw them the most. These styles have just emerged after a lot of practicing. It's quite funny actually, because I don't really use them much at all. If I'm gonna draw a real manga, I believe I would go with the default style.

The next two, "usual" and "sensual" styles are what I generally want to draw. These have a lot more attention to detailing and refining. Compared to the "default" styles, these require a lot more conscious efforts to get them look good.

The "angular" and "cute" styles were sort of extremes of line handling. I found that the "angular" style fits my working methods quite well. It's also quite close to the "default" style. The "cute" style, on the other hand, doesn't seem to fit me. If I want cuteness, I prefer going with the "true default".

With the seventh variation, I wanted to try more realistic take. I hardly ever draw this kind of style, but I really like it. I like how calm the drawing turned out.

Eight variant, "slender" style, is quite a different from the rest. Since I usually draw my lines quite bold, I tried drawing the lines very thin for a change. I also drew the character in shojo-like style. It turned out to be so different from the rest that I can almost consider it as an independent style rather than variation.

Number ⑨ is obviously the strongest style, so I drew "guy" style. This is purely for gags, and not very widely used independently. I however find it really fun and I hope I get to use it more in some manga. It's rather hard style because it takes a lot of understanding about the muscle anatomy, which I haven't studied enough. I just added some detailing and hope that it will fool the critical eye :D

"Serious" style is a bit less extreme version of the "guy" style. I like to draw beautiful girls and then draw them with their eyes full of contempt and oppression. I mostly use it in extreme close view so that the extra detailing of the make up will be visible. This style is also a bit similar to "sensual" style, though this aims to exaggerate the "ugly" side of girls, rather than erotic.

A friend of mine requested "loli" style, so I tried doing it. I'm not sure whether it's really a variant, or just younger version of the character. The body proportions aren't only smaller, but the anatomy is also more childish. She isn't chibi, although the head might be a bit too large.

Then there are the chibis. The two versions I drew are quite different if compared, but I still lumped them together.The smaller version is frequently seen in tutorials.

I probably could have come up more than these, but I'm not sure if I could have drawn more purely unique variants. The few I tried were obvious sub-variants of these. The position of the "serious" and "loli" variants are a bit unclear to me too.

Artists in training: you don't really need to put conscious efforts in devising your style. Your style will emerge when you gain more experience and get familiar with the techniques. Just keep drawing in various styles and mixing them together. Some day you will notice that you have your very own "default" style.
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Mellomoni Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
these seem so helpful to me!!
Its just I've tried for a while (about 5 years) to get better at my art. especially in manga and anime. the very moment i looked onto your gallery it was all so overwhelmingly inspiring! Thank you for sharing your ways and tutorials for us pupils to see and better understand  the different styles.
Metalraptor Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding works, and very informative. :D
TheScorpion0081 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Dat #9 tho..
DarkMusou Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful and informative.

Thank you for the "Artists in training" advice too!
Flashshadow Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really outta practice other artistic styles.

I've personally been fascinated by Bruce Timm, Dan DeCarlo, Hannah-Barberra and (the ever illusive) artists behind several Tatsunoko animes. ^^
00Nowhereman Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
9 is strongest style ever XD
Atorchic Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's awesome how the art style can be used even for gags :D All of them are awesome XD I die everytime  i see 9 X'D
PantylicoArt Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
Guy style is best style
KitsuneDzelda Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
I think you should diverge from sensual style.  Every manga drawer seems to do that, and they always seem to blend into the mix, to the point where honestly I have trouble telling who does what.  To be honest with you though, a few styles you admit to not normally doing seem to have quite a bit of potential.  especially the angular and serious features.  Not all women need to look womanly, boyish tomgirls are good too if not actually better in some stories, since it lends them to some very natural character developments later on. ^^

Your default isnt bad either. :)  To be honest, even being able to draw in these many styles shows that you have quite a bit of talent. ^^ I would think a person with such potential would not wish to simply settle for conventional art styles ^^
LoveSeaForLife Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
I want to learn sensual style!
Drexom Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015   Digital Artist
 She looks uneasy because she's a loli and on my monitor XD
Evejones6 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
I want 9
MissSkrit Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
#4  Hobag style LOL
elitekitten Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
i wanna learn 10 
NanashimaNanase Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I died when I saw 9. 
I was like..Wait...what?!
StoriaDaisho Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
1, 4 and 6 are definitely my favorites.
Digishade Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015   Digital Artist
This is really awesome. I've wanted to try drawing a few of my characters in differing styles, and this is a great resource to get a general idea of where someone might want to direct their attentions. Great work!
Senseless-Surgery Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Trying to teach myself to use different anatomy/head shapes (I've noticed all my charcters look the exact same, and my male jaw-lines are nearly impossible to draw with my neck style!), so far going horribly XD
All the tutorials seem to be teaching one-shape of either body or head at a time, and I need like five thrust upon me at once ;3;
Slarkero Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing styles :thumbsup:My favourites are 3, 4 and 5.
CoffeeTroik Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I myself like the best 10 and 9 ;D okay maybe the 9 is somewhat... over the top? but I still like it.
Hntpo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really interresting to see this kind of picture :)
My personnal favourites are 2, 4 and 8^^
Ninja4hir3 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Stuff like this makes me want to practice drawing again, despite my horrid brain-to-hand translation, with lines that are as steady as a drunken flamingo.  And ⑨ is the strongest there is.  Fact.
mcdubbz Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
These are perfect. I really like 8,10 and 11. :)
chrisTULA092 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
LOL that guy style XD oh man, you don't, I repeat, you don't wanna mess with guy style Sayaka XD She gonna beat the crap out of you XD
cakeroll Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i dont have time to read that long.
All I have to say is that this is interesting O_O 
Dewani90 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
guy style, i think that's the style the artist was using when making marie from project a-ko, she is kenshiro with pigtails.

i may have more styles than you, being the fact that i change style depending on who asked for a drawing... you seem to put a lot of effort in yours though 
LeDaverix Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thehe, awsome... and the "guy style" sure has some humorus potential .. :D
Lorisor Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Super jealous...Parsee eyes have turned green upon seeing this(and subesequently a real quick visit to other pics in the moment it took me to write this.).  By the time I learned what I needed to learn...I'd be 40.  Depression ain't gonna allow me to focus on somethin that long.

I now truly understand the term 'Wannabe', cause I sure as hell Wannabe an artist like this, even just ONE style would be enough.
Nsio Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The reason I can draw various styles is that I've been adopting features from my favorite mangakas. The way I draw has been constantly evolving because I have mixed features and sometimes forgotten others, only to relearn drawing them differently.

I didn't restrict myself with thoughts like "this is my style" or "this is my way of doing things". I originally just wanted to replicate japanese manga, I didn't even consider myself as an artist. At some point, I just realized that I had become an artist whether I wanted it or not.

Not everything is lost in your case, hopefully. You just probably need to "twist" your way of thinking quite a bit. I have had few moments where I have done complete overhaul on my way of thinking, first being the moment when a good friend of mine told me I suck big time and the second time when I got my first artist's block (the latter having few cons as well).
Lorisor Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand what you're saying, depression is...not easily 'twist-able' though I do manage to come out of it long enough to get in the mood to attempt to draw something.  Though never long enough to spend any extended time on it.  Not like I'm using Depression as a crutch as I'd rather pretend such a thing didn't exist and just label it 'Lazinesss' which would be far more twist-able than anything else.

Along with that when I finally come out of a bout of DP I tend to hurry and do the first thing that comes to mind which isn't always drawing, sometimes it's gaming, music, trying to MAKE a game, MAKING music, 3D modeling.  My page tells the story, well not literally as I don't actually write journals or anything like that.  But you'll see what I post and there'll be LONG periods of time before something else gets put up there.

Only real way I could get ahead is if I could manage to put myself in an environment where I HAD to do these things ya know like school.  Probably sounds like I'm making excuses, but I DO TRY when I feel like I can.

Ironically though I can look at something and copy it without actually tracing it to a fairly decent degree.  I find, however, that it doesn't help drawing from memory or imagination.

One day though, one day.
Nsio Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you really want to learn drawing, and I mean drawing well, you will need to spend extended time on it. If you draw once a week, you won't learn anything, because you will basically forget everything. If you draw a lot for a week and then rest few days, you will get rusty.

If you don't have much time to spend, then I suggest that you draw a little before going to bed and right after you wake up, preferably everyday. You see, all things you have learned are organized when you sleep. You're most likely to remember things you learn before going to bed, and when you do the same thing when you wake up, the memory will hold stronger.

I have learned that gaming is a big motivation killer when it comes to drawing. It also makes it harder to concentrate on drawing. :/ And I myself don't like drawing if I have to do it, be it school or commission. That kills my motivation, although I do agree that it forces you to do something.

Copying is actually pretty beneficial way of learning to draw, at least for me. In fact, even today I just want to replicate japanese manga. I kept adopting features from my favorite mangas and animes and after a while I mixed them together with other features, or forgot how to draw something and relearned doing things differently. :D I think it was beneficial because copying gave me an idea what to aim for, and later applying what I had learned helped me to draw right from my imagination.
Ani-Eimi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:la: VERY informative & helpful! Thank you! :+fav: :heart:
Marfius0505 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing Styles :happybounce: 
Beirud Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
xD that guy style
nekowaity Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student General Artist
i love the guy style... xD
SporemasterHIMPO Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Damn you're good!
JO-Bac Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting method, I was basically told that if u have a certain style, just go with it. Mine seems to be similar to #5, but more often I want to push for more detail. But it does make sense to go beyond it, which would increase your chances of getting noticed by any kind of media studio.
Nsio Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find that being versatile is beneficial. Sticking only on one style, especially early on, might suffocate one's artistic potential. There is no guarantee that the chosen style is what one really wants to draw. Flexibility here allows more room for improvements. I, for one, don't hesitate to change myself if I find it beneficial for me.
Adityadark67 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
4 is awesome :p
BanditArtaku Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
I love the variation of your style and techniques. Just goes to show how versatile your methods are. :D
And Sachiko (this is Sachiko, right?) looks great! This is a definite reminder that you don't have to be stick-thin to make a skirt look good! Swag 
Nsio Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I just haven't limited myself to draw just "my style" so to say :D
This is just a random character I came up for the test. And yeah, little plump won't do any harm! :D
mrm64 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ROFL!! YOOOOOOO guy style!! xDDD
funkycat339 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No.9= Danganronpa XD
Adityadark67 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sakura?? Sakura Oogami (Mighty Punch)  XD
funkycat339 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aschiee Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
but 9 tho
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Pretty useful art reference.
BottomFever Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
alright no.9 we get it youre huge 
BethanyAngelstar Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This could almost be a MEME! :)
EnderKittyOfRainbows Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
//makes it a meme
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