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Shoujo versus Shounen! by sonialeong Shoujo versus Shounen! by sonialeong
A hilarious comparison of the stereotypical differences between Shoujo and Shounen Manga characters that I drew in a tutorial about different body ideals in one of my latest how-to-draw books, "Draw Manga: Complete Skills" (www.amazon.co.uk/Draw-Manga-Co…. Hope you find it funny too!

Done in markers and pen
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T56Cheng Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
I actually like shoujo art style a bit more than shounen, because I am more accustomed to shoujo art style rather than shounen. But it is also depends on which mangaka who draws the art style, regardless of the manga series. 

For shoujo art style, I mostly like the cute but smooth and clean look. Whereas for shounen art style, I mostly like the edgy but expressive and neat look. I don't really like the overly frilly and glittery saccharine type of shoujo art, nor I like the overly angular and brutal type of shounen art.
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sonialeong Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I'm kind of on the fence myself. That's why many of my favourite series / drawings are from Asuka magazine which is supposed to be in the middle XD (Trinity Blood, D.N.Angel). I like pretty without sugary, I like edgy and cool but beautiful :)
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laughingJackfangirl Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I draw guys in shoujo, but girls in shounen style and it looks like a really good drawing just comparing 2 totally different styles!
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sonialeong Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Haha, yeah I know what you mean, I usually do a mix between the two XD
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FrozenLikeIce Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I just bought your book and I`m really liking it. It gave me more tips on how to draw manga. I`m off to make my start but I dont know what tools I will need. Can you give me a list of materials?
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sonialeong Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! If you look in the book, there is a whole section on materials in the first few chapters. Also, as you get further along in the book when working in different mediums, I always start off each chapter with advice on what materials/tools to look for and prioritise collecting :)
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FrozenLikeIce Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Ah, thanks. :D 
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Antimatter-Radius Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It hurts me how obvious the difference is. I've always know it, but seeing the side by side like this puts it in perspective. Yeah, there definitely are huge differences. But then there's the anomaly known as CLAMP, haha
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sonialeong Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
HAHA damn straight, love CLAMP's "balls to this, we'll just carry on doing what we do" attitude
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Antimatter-Radius Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. I do respect them though, cause in a weird way they're that middle ground between shojo and shonen art, that manages to appeal to both guys and girls. I guess Code Geass would be the perfect example
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T56Cheng Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2014
CLAMP is pretty much kind of daring when it comes to art style, because CLAMP likes to make many kinds of irregular art style. But that's the way for CLAMP to make itself stand-out among the other mangakas. 

For me, I mostly like CLAMP's art styles for series like Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits (even though I don't really like Chobits), X, Magic Knights Rayearth, and Kobato. I am not really a big fan of its nowadays "noodle people" look, nor I am a fan of the angular art style on some of CLAMP's earlier works.
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Moon-Raven15 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
This is really AWESOME I always love the way your art looks
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sonialeong Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aw thanks :3
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gliovampire Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
This is awesome!!! I remember that you talked about this when you came at the Comicdom in Athens. It was from you that I learned the differences and it all was so clear and well explained :)
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sonialeong Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hehe, thank you darling :D
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gliovampire Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
You are welcome, Sonia!!! Your work is always wonderful!!! :heart: :)
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Flairs-Crimson-Moon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I actually just bought this book :D you're one of my favourite artists
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sonialeong Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awwww thank you so much!!! 
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GraceAlrightie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Pffft shounen is aimed more at boys isnt it X3 Where the girls are always flirty and the guys ooze manliness ^^; And then they kill stuff with awesomeness!!! XD

 

And I take it that Shoujo is aimed more at girls? It seems like a soft and fluffy story based on a girls romanticised dreams of meeting true love~ Daaawww :3

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sonialeong Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's soooo silly XD
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EchoChase Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Isn't usually down the the type of inking style used rather than the way they're drawn?  You can still use these sets of characters in both genres and they wouldn't look out of place in your art style.  Had it been Dragonball Z crossed over with Sailor Moon, then yes it would look out of place and stereotypical of each style because both of those artistic styles are drastically different to one another.
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sonialeong Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah, maybe I used the wrong word - I guess I mean stereotypical body IDEALS for the main characters. Yes, you can get both of the above appearing on both genres, but it's more a comment on the sort of things you tend to see more of
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KiwiChameleon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013   General Artist
Comparisons like these are always awesome. :D I wish your book had the 'look inside' option on Amazon. ^^
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sonialeong Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sadly I don't have control over that! But thanks :D
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KiwiChameleon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013   General Artist
I figured. ;) Emma already said it's a gorgeous book, so naturally my fingers are itching to flip through it. I hope my pages look alright and I'd love to see what the others contributed as well. *haha*
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