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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Limited (30 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841935093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841935096
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Gray is a well established illustrator and author. Since the 1990s he has worked for many leading magazines and newspapers, dabbled in film design and advertising and written quite a number of books, mostly about various aspects of drawing and illustration. His books are published around the world in over a dozen languages. He lives in a pleasant Suffolk market town with his pleasant family. His work can be viewed at www.petergrayillustration.co.uk

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By K. N. Taylor on 24 Aug. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is brilliant, it teaches you stage by stage how to draw your characters and is superb for a beginner! I've previously bought the 'Monster book of Manga' you'll find elsewhere on Amazon, THAT BOOK shows lots of examples of the stages of drawing a character but NO instruction on how to draw them yourself, a bit disappointing! . I think once you've got the hang of it the 'Monster book of Manga' is a good resource and source of inspiration and is a good companion to this book, but get this book first!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. H. Evans on 9 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've always avoided drawing people as best I could, getting the proportions all in the right place frustrates me so much. This book is one of the greatest things that has happened to me! It's taught me about faces, proportions, animals, creatures, backgrounds and more! If you're a begginer I definitely advise this book as it leads you step by step with detailed descriptions and diagrams.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By joseph wheeldon on 14 Mar. 2014
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I have read other books that do what this book tries to do much better. The quality of drawings in this book that it is trying to teach you are really low. The style of manga it teaches you to draw is very childish. Its good for young children but if you're a teenager or older and want to get into drawing manga, i'd recommend another book. I threw this away. The other reviews are very misleading
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 May 2013
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I would recommend this book to anyone looking to begin drawing manga. The book starts with the face including how it is stuctured, how to draw it at different angles, the differences between drawing a male and female character etc. The book then moves on to drawing the body starting with the structure of the body and adding details such as clothing.

This book has a bit of everything I was looking for. The sections on drawing animals, aliens etc was brilliant and the chapters on drawing people of different age in the manga style has been invaluable to me. The section on colouring will be useful when I come to that part but I do think a bit more on drawing manga on a computer is needed e.g. using the open source application GIMP to do some of the basic layering etc.

The diagrams used to show how to draw the different frames of characters were easy to read but once or twice I found it difficult to match the text to the diagram. This is my only real issue with the book.

All in all a very well written book. The illustrations are very good and the whole book seems well thought out.
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By Jeremy on 17 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
With all due respect, this book wasn't entirely what I was hoping for (A fully comprehensive guide).

I own about between 30-40 odd manga/comic book comics in my collection. I enjoy reading them and find them useful for my own purposes as an artist with an interest in breaking in the manga / comic book industry.

A few points: Not all of this book is "useless" advice so I have given it three stars. What do I mean by useless? If you're someone who seriously wants to break in to the industry, and not draw as a hobby but as a career I would rate this book two stars (or even one star if you're confident) as most of the content is just not at the level required and if you followed this book by the letter most editors would ask you to revise over your own work. As a book, this is aimed for teenagers, children and those who are at the very beginning of their journey into illustration. You might learn some useful tips and tricks and improve some of your drawing abilities, but it simply isn't the "best" of what's out there...

It's not so bad if you intend this to be a gift for a young child or teenager as the content is fairly accessible and the exercises are not too challenging and I am sure a child can learn the principles and develop from there.

However, with no disrespect to Peter Gray his drawing style just isn't suited to producing authentic anime/manga. Like other American contemporaries (Christopher Hart comes to mind) the drawing themselves are somewhat over-saturated, disney-fied and too simplistic/static for my liking. I'm sure he is an artist who has done some great work in his career, but manga just isn't his strongest point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Al Iguana on 20 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
Good for kids 8+, will give a good overview of the basics of anatomy, animals, panels etc. (Not "real" manga though, my daughter wanted a book on how to draw proper Manga eyes and this book doesn't tell you). Didn't break the bank though, so no big deal. Great to get your kids (or adults) started, before you move on to proper Manga books (Like the More How To Draw Manga series etc).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rae Hammerbacker on 1 Mar. 2013
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perhaps not for the beginner, but my older son delved right in and loves it! The book is a bit pricey, but well worth it for the practicing Manga artist!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Hilz on 22 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
its just one word............. amazingly awesome ooh thats 2!
it teaches you step by step and it gives inspirational idea
being a professional manga artist myself i know whats a good book and whats not
enough said!
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