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Draw Manga: Complete Skills (Video Book Guides) [Paperback]

Sonia Leong
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Book Description

11 Oct 2013 Video Book Guides
Includes 25 teaching videos to view online. This combined book and video-guide to drawing manga will allow artists of ANY ability to master this hugely popular drawing style. The 256 page book is packed with step-by-step tutorials on every aspect of manga drawing, basing the instructions around traditional sketching and colouring techniques, and including digital tools for rendering and finishing artwork. The author is highly accomplished professional artist Sonia Leong, who is also creating 25 two-minute video demonstrations designed to link specifically to the content of this book. These video clips are hosted online, and accessed from the book's pages using QR codes (or URLs), making this one of the most user-friendly manga tutor books on the market. Readers will learn how to build up characters from basic shapes and measurements, get the anatomy and poses absolutely right, add crucial design elements to enhance drawings and stories, render artwork in different styles and mediums (including digital), and even start to create comic pages and sequences - for publication in print or online.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (11 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844489388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844489381
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 19.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Those of you with children or grandchildren will know of their fascination for drawing and painting cartoon figures known as Manga - a Japanese word referring to comics and cartooning. This book will teach them everything they want to know. Using the book, as well as following techniques shown in online tutorials via a smartphone, laptop or desktop computer, they will be able to study every aspect of this fascinating art form.-Leisure Painter

About the Author

Sonia Leong is a professional Manga artist and illustrator with over 80 publications across magazines, comics/ graphic novels, art books, and film/TV projects to her credit. Since becoming a Winner of the first Tokyopop Rising Stars of Manga (UK & Ireland) competition in 2005, her best-selling debut graphic novel Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (SelfMadeHero) has made it into recommended reading lists worldwide and has been translated into various global editions. She is the Company Secretary of Sweatdrop Studios, a UK-based Manga collective and independent publisher. Sonia has been teaching Manga workshops since 2004, where she began by giving lectures at the Artist & Illustrators Magazine Exhibition. Her UK appearances include the Guardian Hay Festival, the Victoria & Albert Museum and London County Hall. She frequently represents UK creators overseas, working with the British Council and invited as a special guest at events and conventions across Europe, America, and Asia.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I have bought many, many manga drawing books from amazon, and this is my first ever review! I researched thebook online, but couldn't find any customer reviews, so hope this will be helpful to others considering taking the plunge and buying this book.
My first thoughts were what a bargain it is for the price! This is a good-sized book with many many beautiful pages full of colour illustrations and lots of helpful text to accompany them. Many of my drawing books contain few words and black-and-white pictures, so the abundance of colour and text in this book was a welcome surprise!

As far as the content goes, it is not much different from many of the mange how-to books available. A problem I have with many of these is that they all try to cover everything from the basics to creating publishable manga, which to me feels too much for the beginner, and this book is the same. I have yet to read through all of the content but it does look useful, although personally I would have preferred this book to focus on just perfecting the basics and character construction.

The video tutorials are great in my opinion and compliment the book well. If, like me, it really helps you to see how things are done (rather than just read instructions), you'll find them very helpful. I can also recommend Mark Crilley, his tutorials are inspiring!

For the price you can't go wrong, this is a beautiful book to add to your collection, and with the wealth of text and extra tips in the videos, you're sure to learn something! I really like Sonia, she is down-to-earth and encouraging, a true inspiration. I hope she will write more books in the future, perhaps focusing on one of the areas covered here :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 16 Jan 2014
By miki
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This is an essential resource for artists everywhere. The book covers various mediums and styles, as well as anatomy, clothing, writing manga and rendering. There are also QR codes/ youtube links so that you can watch the videos for each tutorial online and get a sense of her working process. A very good resource.
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