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Shojo Fashion Manga Art School: How to Draw Cool Looks and Characters [Paperback]

Irene Flores
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Book Description

27 Nov 2009

The Number One Fashion Workshop for Shojo Manga!

From 'dos to shoes, how you dress and style your characters says a lot about who they are, before they even utter a word. Whether your story calls for a flashy drama queen or a mousy bookworm, this guide contains everything you need to know to create fabulous shojo manga characters with personality.

  • The Figure. Follow these simple basics to draw the guys and girls of various body types, in any pose.
  • The Face. Learn how to draw an endless variety of features. Get the feeling across with facial expressions from a subtle quirk of the mouth to all-out crocodile tears. Then add the perfect hairstyle—the icing on the cake.
  • The Look. "Shop" from an illustrated gallery of clothing and accessories for every season and occasion, from formal dresses to bunny slippers, with demonstrations and tips on designing your own original fashions.
  • The Setting. Portray your character's world with demonstrations on how to create classic hangouts like classrooms, coffee shops and bedrooms.
Complete with 14 start-to-finish demonstrations for drawing a range of character types, from the girl next door to the punk guy, from single characters to couples and groups, this book will help you bring a world of unique and memorable characters to life...and have lots of fun doing it!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT Books; 1 Original edition (27 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160061180X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611803
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 20.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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\Good for any age group as it's not text heavy, [and is] well written. I must say that this book is one of the nicer drawn and laid out Western How to Draw Manga books out there. Pick it up if you're into this subject and need a decent drawing book. It's one book I doubt will ever become out of print.\" --"Manga Tutorials"\"This guide contains everything you need to know to create fabulous shojo manga characters with personality.\" --Arts Book Mix"

About the Author

Irene Flores was born in 1982 in the Philippines, and currently lives and works in California's central coast. She started her career in 2004, co-creating and illustrating Mark of the Succubus for Tokyopop Inc. Irene has illustrated "Weekly Weird News" for the Princess Ai: Rumors From the Other Side anthology, and "Right to Left, Back to Front" for Wildstorm's Welcome to Tranquility, and is currently illustrating Cloak and Dagger for Marvel. Visit Irene's web site at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 19 Aug 2010
By Me
I've got one word: WOW. It's amazing, explains everything, has SO many details, its sometimes hard to keep track. It has wonderful drawings and even has 12 (I think) different characters at the end, with step-by-step instructions on how to, and some group, pairs with these characters. I positively love it. The bad thing is that it focuses more on the clothes, and has little male characters, but it's still pretty amazing!! I recommend it, but it's probably better for those who have a tad more experience in drawing manga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best book for everything manga 19 Dec 2011
By Emma
This book is a must for any artist. they show hands, body types, hair accessories and feet. This is the first book I've ever got for manga drawing and I'd urge anybody to try it, you'll not be disapointed. ^__^
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3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as i had expected 8 Nov 2011
By Steph
I was a little bit disappointed with this book. I bought it because I thought it would be an in depth book on how to draw clothing that I could use as a reference book, I was mistaken. Around half the book is dedicated just to the basics of how to draw manga, which to be fair, if you're looking at buying this book then you probably already know all the basics. Hair, eyes, body, the standard stuff covered in every single how to draw manga book out there.
The fashion part of this book is not very in depth at all. I was hoping there would be a lot on shirts and how they hang on the characters, especially male characters but in fact there were only 3 shirt pictures in the whole book, and NO male clothes. There are a few men at the end of the book but nothing about male fashion. (I really wish someone would make a decent book on male characters and their outfits.)
There's a lot of colour illustrations which are nice, but they only show the item of clothing from one angle, and the non colour pictures seem quite sketchy at times with messy lines. I was also hoping when I bought this book that there might be examples of really long
There's a useful part on how to draw platted hair which I liked, and a selection of different hair styles which I enjoyed, but other that than this book left me quite cold.
I'm sure some people will think I'm being a bit unfair with my 3 star rating, but personally I was expecting more from a book entitled "Shojo Fashion"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best shoujo manga tutorial book I've ever had 4 Nov 2013
By Becka
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Usually, tutorial books are full of wiyabu/oktaku style art that you never see in actual published manga and don't actually educate you in drawing as a whole. THIS book not only has applicable art, it's SHOUJO art, which is very important for a fangirl like me ;). It's easy to use, versatile, and is just generally awesomesauce. If you're looking to get a shoujo, girly looking art out of your drawing, this will deffo help you on your way xxx
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful not only for wannabe manga artists 31 July 2013
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It's an excellent tutorial book and idea source for even for clothing line students to learn about how to draw clothes. I wish I had this, the sequal and How to Draw Manga series's clothing tutorial books when I was studying. They would have been very helpful in clothing desing and product design class to give tips and to show how to draw drapes and stuff and how to give texture on diffrent types of materials.
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