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Mega Manga [Paperback]

Keith Sparrow
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30 Aug 2008
This book provides all the techniques you need to create great manga characters, with step-by-step drawings in pencil, ink, and colour. Learn how to draw bodies and faces, eyes and hair, hands and feet, expressions and gestures, across a range of human and fantasy creatures.It includes galleries of finished art to show you the full range of what you can achieve, including scores of hairstyles, facial expressions, hand gestures, and body poses for you to practice, and add variety to your work.It contains pages of clothing, accessories and gadgets, weapons and vehicles for you to draw and colour and incorporate into your manga illustrations and stories, together with ideas for animals, including monsters and cute fantasy creatures, to help you build skill and confidence.Learn the basic techniques of drawing, inking and colouring. Create figures with individual features and clothing. Draw fantastic monsters, threatening mecha, and cute pets.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (30 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844483878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844483877
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 15.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Artbookreview.net: Once again, Search Press have managed to come up with a book that's a great deal more than it first appears. This may or may not be any good as a guide to drawing Manga; I can't tell you because I'm just not qualified but, on the basis of its layout and presentation, I'd be prepared to guess that it is.However, almost accidentally, what you also get is a near perfect primer in drawing people. Leave aside the stylised hair and big eyes that are (this much I do know) characteristic of Manga and what you have is very easy to follow and laid out to show you how figures are built up from a starting point of basic shapes. All the different parts of the body are covered and you get figures that are both static and in motion, as well as wearing a variety of clothes (including the inevitable martial arts but, hey, you never know - ). The additional sections on vehicles and weapons are going to be superfluous for the general reader, but some of the animal drawings can be easily adapted to more domestic creatures.I think the reason this works so well in the way that it does is because it's not trying. Its prime aim is to introduce the more general reader to Manga drawing and it therefore operates for the most part on a basic level. By doing this, it becomes an absolutely invaluable primer for anyone looking for a basic guide to figure drawing and is a lot easier to follow than many more specialised guides. You just have to be able to see past the big-eyed kids. --Artbookreview.net

About the Author

Keith Sparrow has read and collected comics since he was a child. He has created hundreds of storyboards, including one for the animation movie Space Jam and illustrated several children's educational books for Channel 4 and the BBC. He became a fan of manga and anime after reading Akira. Among his current projects is a cartoon strip about a pug called Dave. Keith prefers to draw and ink by hand, but colours on computer. He is the author and illustrator of four previous "how to" books on manga.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners 14 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
Good for beginners in the Managa genre. Shows you how to construct each element of a character - eyes, hair, face, clothes, etc. Good value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mega Manga 5 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
Ideal for teaching young people (and some adults) how to piece together figures. Informative & entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mega Manga Must Buy ! 18 May 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a really neat little book. Perfect for beginners or someone wanting to further fine tune their drawing skills.

Starting with learning the basic manga techniques of drawing, inking and colouring you will continue to use your newly acquired skills to create figures, facial features, monsters, pets etc of your own.

This is a nice thick book - 288 pages - that doesn't skimp on content and detailed instructions.
The instructions are easy to understand with plenty of examples to follow through the steps.

Overall its a nice little book that i've used often - its even been passed to both my niece and dad who have equally enjoyed it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Mega Manga Book!? 9 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a present for my daughter (13) who asked for this for Christmas. She was really pleased with it, but she hasn't used it at all so far. I also bought another book about "Steam Punk" and this book she uses a lot at the moment. Perhaps she will use "Mega Manga" in the future. I flipped through the book and it seems a very interesting book to me and I am sure will be of interest to all Manga lovers out there!
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