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GEM Large Camera Case for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60, DMC-FZ62, DMC-FZ200, DMC-LZ20 Plus Accessories
GEM Large Camera Case for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60, DMC-FZ62, DMC-FZ200, DMC-LZ20 Plus Accessories
Offered by GEM Bags & Cases
Price: 28.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good day bag., 9 Dec 2013
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Probably the biggest asset of this handy little bag is that it is roomy enough to leave the Flare guard attached to the FZ-200.
With the two internal divides I have enough padding to hold the camera secure and also house a couple of filter cases, recharger, cable and spare power pack. The front pocket is quite thin but sufficient to house my remote release cable. I'm not sure how shower proof the bag is but I keep a sturdy plastic bag folded up in one of the side nets.
The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is the zip feels a little fragile and reluctant to open at times.


Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley: 30 Drawing Lessons from the Creator of Akiko
Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley: 30 Drawing Lessons from the Creator of Akiko
by Mark Crilley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great entry level guide on how to draw manga., 4 Dec 2013
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This is a great first purchase if you want to develop your manga style further.
Mark Crilley's style leans more to the realistic side but there's a couple of pages of chibi figures to address the balance ;)
There's no use of sketch skeletons instead a few parallel guide lines are used to keep the proportions in check. It's a good method when drawing from source material but can leave you a little lost if you draw more freestyle figures.
A massive plus are the pages of reference material provided such as male and female hairstyle samples and common poses.
Also, this is one of the only 'How to draw' manga books I've encountered that doesn't just give you healthy young adults, included in the range are the elderly and tastefully done fuller figure characters.
Overall a worthwhile purchase :)


Mastering Manga 2: Level Up with Mark Crilley
Mastering Manga 2: Level Up with Mark Crilley
by Mark Crilley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mastering Manga 1.5, 3 Dec 2013
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.
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