Takeshi Obata is on another level when it comes to drawing. Since his debut, he has been raising the bar of shonen manga art and creating a new standard for the genre. No one else could’ve made a manga about competing manga artists so exciting and visually stunning as Obata.
Q: How did you come up with the character designs for Bakuman? Also, what were you conscious about when designing characters who are mangaka and editors?
Takeshi Obata: Ohba Sensei creates characters who have realistic personalities. When I draw them, I slightly reference real-life people that I’ve seen in this industry and exaggerate their qualities to turn them into manga characters.
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