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How To Draw Manga: Sketching Manga-Style Volume 2: Sketching Manga Style v. 2 (How to Draw Manga (Graphic-Sha Unnumbered)) Paperback – 3 Apr 2007

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Graphic-Sha Publishing (3 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4766117379
  • ISBN-13: 978-4766117370
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 19.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. June M. Mooney on 19 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
I got the first one on a whim---no reviews and no images. I thought I'd give it a go. It is AWESOME. The 2nd one helps with lots of poses and shows you how angles are done.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A big rough draft guide! 25 Jun. 2007
By Charsya Paul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is basically a follow up to the first volume, but in this book they show you examples of drawing proportions on chibi characters as well as standard size characters. I really enjoyed the contents of this book. This whole book teaches you the correct head to body ratio when drawing your characters as well as their chibi counter part. Not only does Hikaru show you these examples, he also put in some facial expressions and action poses (for both chibi and standard size characters). Like I said in my title, this book is basically a big rough draft sketch book that's full of helpful images. I would definitely recommend getting this book, especially if you liked the first volume. This book advertises just what the title suggests, nothing more nothing less. If you are looking for something more than what the title suggest, then you will be sorely disappointed. I truly believe that one would benefit from this book tremendously and their art style will improve drastically. So if you are a big fan of chibi drawing, get this book! You won't be disappointed!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
EXCEPTIONAL WHEN WITH VOLUME 1 28 Aug. 2007
By Alan C. Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have been using the manga style for 25 years, yet i found this book a very welcome addition to my library of over 200 reference books. Using it with the sister volume #1 is simply a delight. The book is well presented and extremely clear for the beginner and the professional. I have recommended it and the sister volume #1 to many beginning to professional manga artists.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great follow up to Sketching Manga-Style 21 Dec. 2008
By Neko-san - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book expands on the material presented on the first book Volume 1: Sketching As Composition Planning, and shows how to draw manga characters in diverse proportions. It covers many subjects including: body proportions (of course), portraying motion and coloring.

The book is divided into four chapters:

Chapter 1: From Head-to-Body Ratio Sketching Desk
- Head-to-Body Distortion Marks the Origins of Manga
- Endearing Head-to-Body Ratios for Chibi Characters
- Attractive Head-to-Body Ratios
- From the Artwork Drafting Desk
- Drawing a Character in a Gym Suit: 1:2 Head-to-Body Ratio
- Drawing a 1:2.5 Head-to-Body Ratio Character Wearing a Skirt
- Drawing a Brawny Character: 1:2.5 Head-to-Body Ratio
- Character Wearing a (School) Regulation Swimsuit: 1:3.5 Head-to-Body Ratio
- Drawing a Character Wearing a Sailor Suit: 1:4 Head-to-Body Ratio
- 1:5 Head-to-Body Ratio Study Sketches
- Drawing a Character Wearing a Jersey Top and Jeans: 1:5 Head-to-Body Ratio
- Drawing a Character Wielding a Sword: 1:5 Head-to-Body Ratio
- Drawing a character Running: 1:6 Head-to-Body Ratio
- Practice: Transforming a 1:6 Head-to-Body Ratio Character into a 1:2.5 Head-to-Body Ratio Character
- What Are Proportioning and Sketching?
- Three Key Phrases in Improving Sketching Skills

Chapter 2:
- The Head-to-Body Ratio and Proportioning
- Attractive Proportions 1:8.5 to 1:5 Head-to-Body Ratios
- Chibi Characters: 1:4 to 1:2 Head-to-Body Ratios
- Chibi Character Proportioning as the Basis of Head-to-Body Ratio Sketching
- What is Meant by "Chibi Proportioning"?
- Drawing the Face: Sketching and Stylization
- Drawing the Full Figure: Sketching and Stylization
- Drawing the Clothes
- Da Vinci's Proportions
- Proportional Sketching from Loaw to High Angles
- Low Angle Composition
- High Angle Composition
- High and Low Angles
- Putting Low and High Angles to Practice

Chapter 3:
- Three Elements in Portraying Motion
- Drawing Common Actions
- Manga Stylization to Portray Actions
- Five Common Stylized Postures
- Running: Five Postures
- Jumping: Five Postures
- Landing: Five Postures
- Stylizing Gestures
- Stylizing Emotions
- Exaggerating with Facial Shadows
- Using Facial Shadows to Enhance Emotions

Chapter 4: Character Design and Color Design
- Character Design as Role Assignment
- Designing a Family
- Role Assignment and Character Design
- Redesigning the Characters with Chibi-proportioning
- Putting Attractive Proportion Design to Practice
- Coloration
- Coloring the Cover Illustration
- Putting Colored Pencils to Practice
- Sample Novelty Roles: Creature Girls

Chapter one includes several demonstrations and an interview with Morita by Hayashi. Chapter two and three are instructional guides with a lot of samples. Chapter four concludes with two demonstrations, one of them showing how the artist colored the cover illustration.

Half this book is about head-to-body proportions. I'm not very fond of drawing chibi, but I found the information in this book interesting enough to try it myself. I would have loved to see more about portraying motion, and coloring, but at least you have such a wide range of subjects in a single source.

In all, this book is a great companion to the first one. Or as a resource if you already had some experience drawing manga characters.

Other books in the series:
Volume 1: Sketching As Composition Planning
Volume 3: Unforgettable Characteristics
Volume 4: All About Perspective
Volume 5: Sketching Props
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very thick book on one subject and nothing else 28 Sept. 2011
By painfullife - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is over 100 pages about anatomy. Mainly the whole body heigh ratio. So if your character has this body head ratio problem this book would serve as a nice tool to get it right. This book covers all ages and genders old people young people 5 year old kids teenagers. Im actually considering the last 4 volumes of this how to draw manga collection. Volume 1 is made for the people who are skilled and ready to start drawing the manga
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 6 Oct. 2010
By Robert C. Senkbeil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
From what I had read of the reviews, I was expecting this book to be good and it met my expectations. It provides in-depth coverage of proportion your characters, how to judge sizes, etc. I noticed several reviews mentioning to get a different book if you wanted to be able to draw "chibi" style characters. Keep in mind that this book focuses on PROPORTIONS of your characters. It doesn't say "how to draw chibis" or anything of that nature. It's a book that focuses on drawing your characters at realistic heights, making their body parts the right sizes when looking at different angles, and other tidbits that have to do with proportions. Keep in mind that this book is a book from the "sketching" series, meaning that the drawings are mostly sketches that still have various marks that would be cleaned up in a real manga (they're left intentionally so you can see how they used various tricks like circles to match proportions).

It's a great book that I think inspiring manga hobbyists should grab (if they can find a cheap copy). I was lucky to find one on Amazon for $25 after having the misfortune of Sketching books 1, 3, and 4 being cancelled by Amazon and their prices skyrocketing. Here's hoping I can get my hands on the other sketching books in the future.
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