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I haven't posted here in several days :O  Maybe even a week. Tumblr ate me, I'm sorry DX

Anyway. I'm rereading A Lollipop or a Bullet and decided the series deserved an entry or two :)

I once read an entry regarding the ending and the person who wrote it said that the manga had probably the worst art they had seen in their entire life. I beg to differ.

Let's just say this manga has more detail than I have ever seen in my life, even compared to Pandora Hearts, where MochiJun draws every single blade of grass as well as the little flowers scattered around in it and then draws the character lying on the grass and has all the individual blades bending down under the weight. Lollipop is different. The artist puts that kind of detail in EVERY PANEL. Not just a selective few per chapter. EVERY. PANEL. OF EVERY. CHAPTER.



Like this picture:

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Just look at all that gorgeous detail. Take that car behind the gate, for instance. They didn't take any shortcuts with that one. They are also amazing when it comes to perspective--see all the individual bricks in the next-to-last panel? Not to mention the buildings. Oh my gosh, the buildings. Normally you see the character walking down the street surrounded by buildings that all look alike and then don't even finish drawing them because, hey, the character is the main focus of the picture. Why sweat the details? No. This person made the buildings all completely different. Even the apartments in the last panel are unique. And they even added a parked car out in the front. That car didn't even make it completely onto the sidewalk. See how it's leaning a little off the curb? It's at an angle, too.

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Take a look at this panel. Observe the shrubbery. THEY PUT SO MUCH DETAIL INTO THAT TREE AND THOSE BUSHES AND THEY AREN'T EVEN THE MAIN FOCUS OF THE PANEL. HECK, THIS IS JUST PART OF THE PANEL. They look so real. I'm not brave enough to draw things like trees; if I were a manga artist, I'd probably just try to get away with using tone for the leaves or something. Not this person. They didn't draw the individual leaves or anything. All the detail is shadow work. Which is still pretty freaking amazing because I mean, who has the patience to ink all of those shadows???

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I absolutely love the detail in this panel. They literally drew EVERYTHING in the kitchen and living area. Cooking utensils, notes on the refrigerator, a microwave (how often do you see those in manga?), an umbrella on the rack, clothes on the chair... Heck, they even have a fan going. If you look up at the top, the artist also included the light switch thingy. I don't know if other artists do that for this type of view or if I just never noticed it, but this person did. And I just realized they drew al the plates inside the cabinet. They didn't suddenly decide to be lazy and draw a wooden cabinet. They drew a glass cabinet where everything could be seen and any mistakes could be noticed by the reader and the artist would be judged. Which I like very much.

And this one. This one.

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HOW IN THE HECK DO YOU EVEN BEGIN TO DRAW ALL THE STUFF ON THIS PAGE I MEAN HOLY CRAP EVERY TEENAGER'S ROOM LOOKS MESSED UP LIKE THIS BUT WE DON'T THINK ABOUT IT AND THIS. PERSON. FREAKING. DREW. IT. If I were to list and make a big deal out of everything in his room I wouldn't even know where to start.

I seriously admire the artist, if you can't tell. I realy wish the series was more well-known, but hardly anyone knows about it. It's even harder to find members of the fandom than with The World Ends With You and Pandora Hearts :/

Date: 2012-08-15 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pinaki93.livejournal.com
Wow!
Although, when I see so much detail I tend to think it's a photo run through some filters.... Particularly for the outside scenes, cause the inside scene look more like they're drawn. I don't know how to explain it?? (The kitchen looks kinda like a photo too... something about the lines look different)

Feel free to smack me for saying that ahhh;;
Of course, it's completely possible for them to have actually drawn it too! I'm completely amazed because attention to backgrounds is usually a western comics things than an eastern thing. And that must take SO MUCH PATIENCE.

Date: 2012-08-15 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fujyoshi73.livejournal.com
Hmmm, now that you mention it, that could be possible ^^' Or maybe just traced really, really well XD

I wouldn't smack you D: I don't like getting violent unless someone's being really annoying because then I'd be happy to get them to shut up

IT MUST. I can't imagine how long it'd take to draw stuff like this by hand D8 Assuming they did do it by hand, of course.

Date: 2012-08-16 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pinaki93.livejournal.com
Even on the computer it would take a really long time! I don't think there are any shortcuts D:

Date: 2012-08-16 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fujyoshi73.livejournal.com
Oh, really? D8 Well then. They must have a lot of patience O.o

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