Personally, I don't think that Eastern art allows for as much individual stylization as Western art allows. Take a look at anime and manga. The characters usually end up "pretty". Very rarely in that art style can a character be viewed as "ugly" without expositional backup. Shojo manga is incredibly guilty of this.
Then there is the issue of art quality. Manga artists are pushed harder than Western comic artists. Most manga have to have a new chapter ready for printing each week, and very rarely does a manga become popular enough for the artist to take a hiatus and still have people interested in it. Most Western comics, however, are released monthly or even bi-monthly, allowing for less errors in art and allowing comics to be printed in full color.
The only place where I can think that the two comic styles are equal is in comics printed on newspapers and distributed daily. Those comics have insane deadlines to meet and everything is made weeks in advance while allowing for changes to be made depending on recent events.
Anyways, what do you think? Which reigns supreme? Eastern or Western artwork?
Also, please keep in mind that I am not just restricting Eastern art to anime and manga. Korean art is also guilty of the "too pretty" principle. Chinese animation also invokes this despite Western influence on their comics.
Heck, let's include animation also. It seems like you all forgot about it.
Geez, you people are quick to assume that Eastern Art = manga/anime and/or criticize those who do! And yet none of you are mentioning European greats!
Quick list of some favorite European art (not JUST comics)
Quick list of some favorite non-Japanese Eastern art (also, not JUST comics)
This post has been edited by Kaxbe: 30 November 2010 - 09:03 PM