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Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art: Learn to Draw, Color and Design Characters [Paperback]

Steven Cummings , Gonzalo Ordonez , 3DTotal Team
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6 Mar 2013
An insight into the creation of manga art, focusing on coloring, drawing and designing characters using traditional and digital methods. Manga is an increasingly popular art form, particularly with the recent influx of Far Eastern games, anime and comics into the western world. A term originally describing a Japanese comic art style of the late 19th century, manga has come to be applied to a variety of mediums in recent years and is receiving more and more mainstream interest and attention. Beginner s Guide to Creating Manga Art explores the topic of manga art, starting from basic character design and progressing to full color images. Industry greats including Steven Cummings and Gonzalo Ordonez open a window into their world and present tutorials covering everything from drawing features, anatomy and expressions to designing clothing, perfecting poses and coloring characters with a variety of traditional and digital artistic tools. Bursting with knowledge and brilliant artwork, Beginner s Guide to Creating Manga Art is an unmissable title for anyone wanting to learn how to capture that classic manga style.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: 3DTotal Publishing; Slp edition (6 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956817165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956817167
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 29.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Overall, this book is more on understanding the style of manga art, and the tutorials that show you how to create them" - Teoh Yi Chie Parka Blogs

About the Author

Steven Cummings is an American comic book artist who has worked for the likes of DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and is currently a member of the famous Udon Entertainment team in Japan. Gonzalo Ordonez specializes in manga characters and is the author of the popular book Legendary Visions: The Art of Genzoman 3DTotal Publishing was launched in 2010, as the publishing arm of popular digital art website 3DTotal.com. As well as self-publishing the next volumes in the pre-existing Digital Art Masters and Digital Painting Techniques series, 3DTotal Publishing has successfully launched a number of new titles including Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop, ZBrush Character Sculpting and Elysium - The Art of Daarken.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A tips and techniques book 12 Jun 2013
Length: 1:17 Mins
Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art is a more of a tips and techniques book rather than a structured course on drawing manga from start to end. The book covers only characters.

It starts with lessons on features, expressions, anatomy, poses, clothing and character designs. The lessons are brief and are covered under 30 pages. For example, for drawing of heads, the front and sides are taught. But for heads at other angles, while there are illustrated examples with guidelines, there aren't enough in depth explanation to go with it. This section is just an introduction on figure drawing.

The second part of the book features tutorials from various artists on designing characters. There are many useful tips on drawing, what type of materials to use and things to look out for. Many artists are using traditional medium but there are a few tutorials on Photoshop.

The third part is on colouring the characters that were drawn in the previous chapter. The tutorials cover a variety of tools that are used, such as coloured pencils, markers, watercolour and Photoshop. Again, there are good tips on handling the specific mediums.

The last few pages feature a manga art gallery from various artists.

Overall, this book is more on understanding the style of manga art, and the tutorials that show you how to create them.

For beginners, I would also recommend getting dedicated books such as Drawing the Head and Hands and Figure Drawing for All It's Worth. With basic figure drawing skills, stylizing characters for manga will be much easier.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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This beautifully illustrated book works magnificently on a number of levels. For the aspiring Manga artist it provides a simple, step by step guide on how to draw wonderful Manga images, for the more experienced artist it provides a wealth of insider tips on the use of computer coloring and advanced techniques. For the advanced artist it provides a list of useful website links to the gallery of other artists and, for those who just love Manga, an array of fantastic artwork - both in the book and on the galleries suggested at the end of various chapters. A work of art in itself!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Creating Manga Art 10 Mar 2014
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Book rated ok, wasn't enough technical detail as to how to achieve painted effects however, gives insight into Manga Art, ok for absolute beginners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift 2 Mar 2014
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This is a fantastic little book. It covers alsorts of different techniques and had lots of detailed instructions and pictures to look at. I think I'm going to order one of these for myself too
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book.. 20 Sep 2013
this book is absolutley brilliant.. the quality of the content is just amazing.. 3dt have done it again and have produced a masterpiece... this i would say is a must even if your not a beginner at drawing stuff.. the art and the content make it such an excellent read that you have to get it just to see what i mean..
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