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The Art of Drawing Manga Paperback – 1 Feb 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing; Reprint edition (1 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841931713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841931715
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Born in Kent, England in 1982, Ben Krefta has been drawing for as long as he can remember. He currently works as a freelance illustrator and designer, specializing in manga and anime style artwork.


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I bought this book fully expecting your usual how-to draw book, that might tell you a lot or show you lots of pictures, but never fully explains how to get to the final drawing. Luckily I was wrong. This is a really good book for beginners, as Ben takes you step-by-step through drawing facial features, body parts, full figures and costume. He has a lively and engaging style which is full of enthusiasm for the medium, and he also includes a section at the back about colouring your designs using Photoshop.

Highly recommended.
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This is the best Manga book I have seen (and I have ten of them). Ben Krefta uses simple step by step instructions to take you through the enitre drawing process.
If there is one Manga book to buy to start off with then this is the one.
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This book defiantly set me back a bit as wasn't expecting too much from it at first when I bought it. As I bought several different books and this one wasn't the one that I thought I would learn from the most in the sense of How To Draw. (Well what Can I say I was wrong lol) I rate the book 5 Star.

To begin with and as one might expect the book starts with how to do the basic's then goes into how to do more complex tasks such as drawing body's faces and things such as equipment and other more complex tests. Quite easy to pick up the style of drawing from this book defiantly good book for beginners and I defiantly recommend this book for any manga or anime drawer advanced or beginner level. 5 Star all the way.
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Allow me to give a bit of background about myself (feel free to skip the first paragraph). Art, and in particular drawing, has been a hobby of mine all my life, and I have been watching anime ever since Pokémon first made its debut on our TV screens when I was a kid. Recently I've been getting into anime (and manga) much more and have dabbled in drawing some of my own and with the help of youtube (big shout out to Mark Crilley and his fantastic channel!). I decided to look for a book which could give me additional insights into the style of art and how to better approach it, so I ordered this book and here we are.

The book arrived earlier today, and I've spent a fair amount of time looking through it all. Clearly a lot of effort has gone into it, and it feels very well put together. There are a lot of really useful tips in here, and the conversational style of the author is very easy to get along with.

Unfortunately, however, the style of drawing in this book is not what I would call 'typical' of the Manga I am used to, and indeed, was expecting when I ordered this book. Ben Krefta has his own unique way of drawing manga, and where I feel I was let down was the front cover. I 'judged the book by its cover' before deciding to make the purchase, and feel as though the style of manga depicted inside the book is actually pretty different from the girl on the front cover, who is more 'typical' looking (in a manga sense).

I would say that his manga fits into the 'pseudo-manga' category he himself talks about in the introduction. It looks very western influenced. I especially think that the noses, jaws and chins (especially from a profile or slightly turned away view) are particularly different to what I would call 'the norm' of manga.
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Already had a copy of this book, to give me some inspiration for designs of my own but my 10 and 14 year old kids dip into it all the time. Have looked at a lot of other books for basic and advanced manga drawing instructions and still think this is one of the best, so bought it as a gift for another beginner. Has clear instructions and illustrations for mastering techniques for drawing individual parts ie - hands, eyes, hair, head shapes, expressions and accessories building up to the full figure - which other books don't cover, specially not with such clarity. Couldn't recommend this book enough for anyone starting out with manga drawing, has good back to basics info for figure drawing in general and also has a section for working with your drawings in Photoshop with tips and techniques for storyboarding. As a rusty artist who used to enjoy figure work this has been a great book for me to re-focus and get back and into things and my 10 year old daughter has taken all the instructions on board and is now starting to impressively draw from her own imagination. A great book for an artists collection.
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this was the first ever book i bought for drawing manga, i honestly didn't know what to expect, when i got it and flicked through it i was happy to see that everything was straight forward step-by-step guides to drawing every aspect of a manga character you need. i'm also a beginner at drawing, and i don't normally produce very good art, but i'm amazed at the results i get from following the steps in this book. if you are a beginner and you want to learn to draw manga this is definitely the book you want. worth every penny.
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Bought this for my 12 year old who is interested in Manga, it's an ideal beginners book as it takes you through each section in clear, easy to follow steps. It covers everything from faces to figures to clothes, how to position the figures and clothes to suggest action and movement and has a section on photoshop. The best of this type of book by far and at an extremely affordable price.
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