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MONSTER by Naoki Urasawa is one of my favorite manga currently being published here in the U.S.-- and I did this sketch for my blog where I extoled its virtues. I drew Tenma --the main character-- to (hopefully) look more Japanese than he does in the manga. For some reason, Urasawa draws Tenma to look just as western as all the other characters in the manga-- who are mostly German.
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TMMC1999 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Straight into my favourites!!! Johan looks more evil here doesn't he?
MewZakuro123 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow, this picture is great! The style is amazingly different...I love it!
KenxKao Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Oh, good, I'm not the only one who thought that. That is my only quibble (Quibble I say, Quibble) in that Tenma looks too western.

But you did a great job on this, and my only criticism, would be that Johan don't look quite right in the eyes. It's very small though, you did really good.
severusgraves Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Have you read his 20th century boys?
onyma Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Well, he didn't look stereotypically Japanese in the manga or anime, but I wouldn't mistake him for a German. Your guy looks a little Filipino, actually, but, nonetheless, great job.
jpfan1989 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that was one of my favorite animes
literatehyaena Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Student Writer
I disagree about Tenma looking Western. The features that... er... Western people think of as characterising Japanese people are not quite the same as the ones the Japanese themselves emphasise. To me, Tenma looks more German here than he did in the manga! *laughs*

Either way, his nationality is important more as a characterising feature for making him conspicuous than any sort of LOOK JAPANESE kind of mentality.
lindbloem Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Professional
WOW! It's nice to know that I'm not the only one reading this series. My only qualms about it is Johan's face should have been pointier. But that's just my opinion and obviously you're the better artist than me:P
Szelenbaum Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
Diana-Midina Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007
Really cool sketh I really like your Johan.
I don't really like Tenma's face. His Nose is longer, and his cheek bones aren't that high.
pauloskinner Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
Her doktor Tenma. Love this guy. Poor guy. One thing about Monster is every german person has a gigantic nose. Doc Tenma's nose is ok though :)
hahatem Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
i'm a great fan of urasawa ..this is a great version of tenma..Monster is just amazing..
i recommend reading "20th century boys".. you'll be hooked!.. urasawa should be casted in "LOST" haha!
it really has this -"what was that?? what's gonna happen??!!.i wanna know !! i wanna know!!" -syndrome!

great work mike! :thumbsup:
dekarogue Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Professional Artist
Monster's maybee one of the best comic book published ever (though you should read "20th century boys" from Urasawa too, which is even better).

I especially like the Johan in the background. the expression in his eyes is just... spooky ___
weremole Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, well. In manga, unless nationality or creed is of utmost importance for a character its never really touched upon. Instead national stereotypes are often used as any other character shorthand such as "feasty redhead" or "creepy lescher".

Moreso in less serious work and non-seinen stuff.

Likewise you can even see some more Japanese than others. Like how in Great Teacher Onizuka all the typhical teachers or government persona look REALLY Japanese because they give an image to the square, rulebound and stagnant authority versus the primal nature of the titled main character.

In Monster, while it has a lot to do with nationality and history the hero most likely looks very little like a Japanese person because its of less importance than him being a brain surgeon who have had a series of very nasty stuff happen to him.

That's what I gather anyway. Good pic, keep up the nice work. =)
MetalGearSquirrel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Probably just habit. Most other anime characters don't look all that Asian, either.

I only saw a few episodes of the anime and loved it. I'm probably going to torrent the series when I get my new computer.
mankindram Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
SpiderGuile Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool lineart and ecclectism in reads!!!
kitanai-neko Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
20th Century Boys is also another great manga by Naoki Urasawa that is still ongoing in Japan. It was licensed by Viz (I believe) a little while ago so I suspect it'll hit the US soon!

I myself am a great fan of Monster. Naoki is great at creating suspense in his work and I'm always at the end of my seat. :)
kitanai-neko Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
edge, rather... :\
Honored1 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007  Professional Filmographer
cool. never heard of it but cool none-the-less.
Abt-Nihil Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's great, Monster is one of my absolute favorites too.
erlkoenig Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah yes read the manga (and still do) some time of my favourite.
And as Blaguesmith pointed out some of the characters really doesn't look very japanese - think you did a good job to push Tenma a bit in the right way :D
Blaquesmith Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist

I read Monster two months ago, and i absolutely loved the story and characters. My favourites, perhaps "the invincible steiner" ;) and Nina...

And you're right about the drawing... Tenma doesn't look as a japanese man... But that happens in many Urusawa works... Some main characters in Yawara! didn't look as japanese, either...
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