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