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I'm pretty young and learning to do art and have aspirations to try and draw out a story (or at least some pretty pictures) and obviously have many more years to go, but I was always wondering, is there a certain level or threshold you have to make in order for your work to be considered worthwhile to people?

I'd say I can hold my own writing a story and plot, its not kindergarten level, but definitely not on par with some other authors and cartoonists out there. I'm more concerned about the actual quality of illustrations.

Is there a certain "rule of thumb" or criteria that should generally be met before you consider doing things seriously? Do I need credentials, or to have several years of study and college education behind me?

I'm only worried because I wouldn't want to embarrass myself or willfully put out content that is "trashy" or "bad", I know its a pretty vague question and doesn't help that you don't know much about me but some insight on this would help ease my mind.

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    You're gonna need to make bad content to make good content. Just like how you have to draw to learn to draw, you have to make comic pages to learn to make comic pages (commonly cited as "You have to draw 200 bad pages before you start doing good ones.")--so do a little research, then draw, regardless of whether or not you put it into the world.
    – Allison C
    Feb 2 at 19:23
  • @AllisonC, I think that's an answer too
    – Isaac750
    Feb 3 at 19:13
  • My nephew was so young he could not yet write when he started (but he did not continue, so I am not sure it counts.)
    – Willeke
    Feb 5 at 15:03
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Firstly, in reference to your title, "in order to create" no level of skill or experience is necessary at all - you simply have to start creating. This applies to things ranging from making a simple drawing to making a film. The fact that you know what you want to create shows you have a sufficient idea of what that particular thing is and/or what it means for you (in your case manga).

As to the body of your question, you'd need to define what you consider "doing things seriously". Assuming you are not merely talking about personal joy and satisfaction (which is a different conversation), I am guessing that with 'seriously' you mean 'professionally', or at least 'worthwhile in the eyes of others' (leaving a similar amount of interpretive freedom for the word 'worthwhile').

Nevertheless, ultimately it is about audience: if you can find an audience for your work, you may consider it serious enough.
And if you want to make a living creating manga, you need an audience that's willing to pay you for your efforts.
Getting an audience is a different matter, but you can start by creating profiles for online platforms like Instagram and Deviant Art, creating a personal website, or looking for (virtual or physical) magazines that publish (amateur) comics. The higher the quality, the easier you will grow a following.

Credentials and education play an important role in showing others that you have made efforts, and have the experience. As you can deduce, not being able to produce credentials is by no means proof of not having put in the practice. Similar to job applications, I feel we as a society have become so accustomed to proof-in-writing, that even though it has its practical benefits, a lack of it is often considered a deficiency in skill and experience, or suspicious at best.

Do your best to create what you want to create. Keep trying, keep learning, and remain critical. The rest will likely follow.

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