I should start off by saying that I am a fan of the content Mark Crilley delivers in general. From his long term involvement on You Tube([...] with its many freely available 'How to' demonstrations, his series of manga books (Miki Falls and Brady's Ghost), to his original Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley: 30 Drawing Lessons from the Creator of Akiko
That said I do feel a little let down by the content of this book. Having 'Level Up'in the title made me think much more would be made of the advanced content. Maybe even going as far to not reiterate the content of standard front/side face and full body poses found in all such 'How to books' and spend far more time on the elements that most find truly difficult to master such as perspective and foreshortening. Unfortunately this is not the case. While there is advanced content in the book it is sparse and limited and generates more of a sense of frustration that there are not more step-by-step guides of how to draw a particular perspective or foreshortening effect.
I think one of the disconnects comes from Mr Crilley's style of not drawing onto a sketched skeleton but going in freehand to a few guide lines. This is a significant jump in competency for most and usually requires an additional suitable source of material such as photographic references.
I understand that it is a teachers job to inspire a student to greater heights, but I feel that the content should be there that I am not then driven off to look in other books for a helping hand.
It was nice to see a little more detail regarding scenery and how important the basics of frame layout are to the impact of the artwork.
Overall I find 'Mastering Manga 2' disappointing compared with the high standard and variety of content delivered in 'Mastering Manga', however I am not upset with the purchase and hope the book sells well enough to justify a 'Mastering Manga 3'.
But, it is only an average book, not the outstanding one I had hoped for.