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How To Draw Manga: Sketching Manga-Style Volume 3: Unforgettable Characteristics: Sketching Manga Style - Unforgettable Characteristics v. 3 (How to Draw Manga (Graphic-Sha Numbered)) [Paperback]

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20 Nov 2007 How to Draw Manga (Graphic-Sha Numbered) (Book 3)
Sketching as an art form concerned with the quality and volume of information requires three skills: skill in communication, skill in composition, and skill in visual portrayal. The artist taps into these three skills while carrying out a clear plan. Manga sketching, which goes one step further, involves the skill of making the fantastic seem plausible. It also involves skills in determining the quality of the information to be conveyed and how much of it to convey. These last two skills form the focus of this book.

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Graphic-Sha Publishing (20 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4766118227
  • ISBN-13: 978-4766118223
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,376,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Manga 20 Sep 2012
By kate
another great book by the "how to draw manga" series! Lots of images to look at in high detail and also plenty of step by step images to help you out. The words are set out clear and easy to read, no essays to read! I always highly recommend these books as I think the drawings are stunning!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to the manga sketching series 20 Dec 2008
By Neko-san - Published on Amazon.com
I browsed this book in a comic store. I like it enough to pay retail for it, specially for the demonstrations, but not so much for the interview. It wasn't available in Amazon at the time, otherwise, I would have bought it here.

This book is organized into five chapters:

Chapter 1: Drawing Faces In Any Direction.
- Close-up Compositions as drawn by Kuzuaki Morita
- Mastering a Face 3/4 View
- Mastering Faces Composed at Low and High Angles
- Practice Composing Faces from a Wide Assortment of Angles

Chapter 2: Kazuaki Morita's Dojo Sketching
- Experimenting with Manga Sketching 1-5
- Developing a Single Character

Chapter 3: Mastering How to Draw a Dynamic Figure
- Studying the Neck and Shoulders through Close-ups
- Studying the Torso and Arms through Medium Close-Ups
- Studying the Hips and Legs through Full-Figure Compositions

Chapter 4: Portraying Emotions through the Body and Facial Expressions.
- "The Nitty-Gritty of Planned Sketching"
- Profiles of Takehiko Matsumoto and Kazuaki Morita

Chapter 5: Bring Your Own Style To Each Composition.
- The Manga Draft Production Process
- Actual Manga Production
- Color Based on the Planned Design
- Revealing the Character's Personality through the Costume
- Eleven Artists, Each with a Different Vision

Chapter one starts with a demonstration of a close-up to a character's face. Chapter two covers demonstrations of how to make appealing characters. Chapter three follows your typical how-to-draw set up without demonstrations or interviews. It moves to other body parts. Chapter four is a long interview of Matsumoto and Morita by Hayashi. It includes useful sketches along the interview. Chapter five starts with a demonstration of the production process of a manga. Then it shows how the artist created the front and back cover illustration. And finally, how to add personality through costumes.

The demonstrations in chapter 1, 2 and 5 are quite good. They definitely entice you to do your own work. These chapters and the how-to-draw chapter 4 are the reason I bought this book. I didn't care much for the interview in chapter 3, but it wasn't that bad. However, I would have loved to see more costumes in chapter 5. I understand it was not the focus of this book, still...

If you had bought other books in this series, this is a good addition to your collection. However, it doesn't stand alone so well, unless you have some foundation on how to draw manga.

Other books in the series:
Volume 1: Sketching As Composition Planning
Volume 2: Logical Proportions
Volume 4: All About Perspective
Volume 5: Sketching Props
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for breaking from beginner/intermediate 30 Aug 2008
By J.A. Madrid - Published on Amazon.com
I cant believe Amazon does not have this voWhlume in stock. I own the first volume of the Sketching series and I can tell you I use Volume 3 more than the former.
Where Volume 1 gives you a general feel of the central styles and themes of Manga sketching and its basic concepts and methods, volume 3 goes into one central direction and never looks back.
What makes this so different than its counterparts? Well to begin - over 90 percent of the examples/sketches are of female characters. Just a word to those looking for an action oriented book - you are not gonna find it in this volume.
Now with that being said - you can learn so much from this book because it can help you draw characters that are bursting with life, or conveying peace and serenity.
This is a great book for those who want to show a character's inner self without having to resort to another action or drama scene.
The main focus on this volume is posing your character and techniques for projecting emotions. Heavy emphasis is placed on joint movement and importance, perspective of the character vs. scene. A lot of the examples have the sketches in every day movements; waiting, sitting, standing for effect, kneeling laying down etc. etc. The early section also contains different facial views for the scene, close ups versus total view, and also a small section on coloring.
Id like to say again that most of the book is focused on the female form, because like so many art and media teachers have taught me - men are easy to draw, but to capture a woman's spirit on paper is another matter entirely.
Add the techniques from this book and I guarantee you that you will never be the same artist again. Highly recommended if you want to take the next leap.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Think it's Pretty Good. 14 Nov 2008
By Robert H. Denton - Published on Amazon.com
The book is filled with pictures and explanations and stuff like that(which is why one would buy it). They're pretty clear explanations in fact.

One issue is that there are a lot of sketches of topless ladies in there, So I wouldn't recommend it for little kids.

Once you get past that, there is a quite large variety pf poses to look and choose from, which is pretty cool.

It gives you tips on coloring/shadowing too.

What I found pretty helpful is the chapter about Mastering The Dynamic Figure. This is because when I draw, and don't have a plan, the resulting image can be really static, and boring aside from little aesthetics I might add. This will help me improve. I know there's a good artist in me. This should help me cultivate it...him?

Uh... Anyway, I really enjoy this one. If you're a beginner-intermediate type looking for a way to improve, then go for it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I should have started with this book a long time ago 23 May 2009
By M. C. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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If only I had found it sooner!!

This book is great. It gives you pointers on drawing manga characters that I think all "how to draw manga" books should have. You want to learn more then how to draw a basic 3/4 view head? Tired of the same beginner crap that all how to draw so and so books seem to ONLY have? This is the book for you! It's intermediate, yes, but in my opinion this is the book I've been waiting for since I started drawing anime characters!

Think you can't be a manga/anime artist? Feel like your missing something instrumental? This book will teach you how to make your character have that "vibe", and point things out that will move you on from flat simple character renditions to what you know is really inside that character.

Get it while you still can!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good "How to Draw Manga" book! HOWEVER.... 14 April 2010
By TuxedoWerewolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book a few days ago and I absolutely LOVE it! There are actually step-by-step tutorials for poses, expressions, etc.; unlike the other books I've read over the years which just tell youu to draw this and that, basically they jump to conclusions too fast. But this is a very welcoming "How to Draw Manga" book! I absolutely love it!

There is one thing you should know about this book before you buy it.

This book contains nuidity; so it's not appropriate for those under 17-18 years of age. So be cautious when purchasing.
But it's nothing extremely erotic.

Overall Review: Great Book, definately worth the money! Just make sure young children don't get ahold of it.
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