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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Design; English Language Ed edition (1 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061242039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061242038
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From comic illustration Ikari Studio comes the ultimate guide on how to draw manga. The "Monster Book of Manga 3: Fairies and Magical Creatures" focuses on these figures of wonder. Each illustration is broken down into six stages of creation and is accompanied by step-by-step instructions, taking the artist from an initial black-and-white sketch to final colour piece. Each drawing is also accompanied by practical suggestions, hints, and tips. This monster-size manual is the must-have book for anyone interested in learning how to draw manga, appealing to beginning and advanced artists alike.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Revell on 22 Feb. 2008
This is an excellent book in the series Monster book of manga. However I ordered this with Monster Book of Manga Fairies and Magical Creatures not realising that in fact both books are the same. The only difference is that they have completely different covers. This is not made clear anywhere on the sale page and one book identifies various authors whilst the other gives one author. I suspect that Amazon itself is not aware of this and I cannot really explain why the publisher produces the same book with different covers and a different title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By suko on 10 Jan. 2013
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I bought this as a present for my Grandson who loves all things Japanese and enjoys sketching. It is a good book to practice with and improve drawing skills. The characters are enchanting and a joy to follow. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone keen to improve on their Manga characters.
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By Kirsten on 24 Sept. 2013
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Yet another monster book to become well used and the images followed and recreated over and over again. Can't wait to see the final pieces.
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By virginia on 19 Nov. 2014
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great book, good ideas!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Examples of Fantasy Manga! 10 Nov. 2007
By Laura L. Neal - Published on Amazon.com
While you won't be able to go from never having picked up an artist's pen to drawing these beautiful creatures, the book is worth having for aspiring manga artists or just lovers of the genre as a coffee table book. I can just stare at the illustrations for hours! And if you are trying to learn, it gives some great how-to ideas.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Inspirational - Yes / Instructional - No 26 May 2008
By Jeffrey D. Sherwood - Published on Amazon.com
This is the third in a series and the first the producers have concentrated on a specific genre, which is fantasy and magic. I own all three and I love all three. However, I don't use these to learn anything.

The art in this book is outstanding. I find this book and the other two to be very inspirational. I look through these books to find ideas and even to draw what they have in the books.

The downside is you will not learn anything from this book, especially if you are a beginner. They try to give you some tips and some progression pictures of each piece of art, but it doesn't help to teach you anything.

Buy this book simply for the appreciation of the art that is in it. Look somewhere else for "how to draw" instructions.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A must! 29 Aug. 2007
By Nicolette Kullman - Published on Amazon.com
This book is amazing. I was looking at in a store contemplating buying it cause it was a tad bit expensive, when a stranger came up and told me it was a great book. I bought it and it really was worth all the money. It has such detailed instructions on how to draw some amazing manga. I have to admit there are a few pieces of art in it that are a bit inappropriate for little kids but it's still a great book and worth the money. BUY IT!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Good Process with Lots of Character Examples 14 Jun. 2008
By Poisoned Blade - Published on Amazon.com
You're not going to be a master artist by reading this book, but here's what you can expect to learn.

The book has lots of great examples of all types of fantasy characters in different poses. The book walks you through a 6 step process for the characters:

Stick Figure - Work on the pose and proportions
Basic Shapes - Block out your character
Anatomy - Draw in the muscles
Clothing or Detail - Add accessories, clothing, or details
Shading - Pick a light source and add your shadows / reflective light
Color - Bring it to life

On each step, there is some text that points out some of the details and explains why the artist drew them that way and what it does for your characters.

You can follow the examples in the book and you'll get good at this process. It will help you become a better character artist. If you need help on a particular step, the practice will help you out as well.
With this book and some discipline, you can become a better artist.

I've had the book for a month and I've gotten a bit better at proportions, anatomy, and shading. I also draw about 25% faster.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great pictures - not enough description 26 Feb. 2009
By Nicola Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
This is not really a "how to" book, which was what I wanted. There is a break down of the drawings leading to the finished products (which are beautiful) but I needed more information about the paint, type of paper techniques and colours. This is a beautiful book, but not particularly informative.
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