- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: 3DTotal Publishing; Slp edition (2 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956817165
- ISBN-13: 978-0956817167
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 30.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art Paperback – 2 Apr 2013
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"Overall, this book is more on understanding the style of manga art, and the tutorials that show you how to create them"
- Teoh Yi Chie Parka Blogs
About the Author
Steven Cummings is an American comic book artist who has worked for the likes of DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and is currently a member of the famous Udon Entertainment team in Japan. Gonzalo Ordonez specializes in manga characters and is the author of the popular book Legendary Visions: The Art of Genzoman 3DTotal Publishing was launched in 2010, as the publishing arm of popular digital art website 3DTotal.com. As well as self-publishing the next volumes in the pre-existing Digital Art Masters and Digital Painting Techniques series, 3DTotal Publishing has successfully launched a number of new titles including Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop, ZBrush Character Sculpting and Elysium - The Art of Daarken.
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It starts with lessons on features, expressions, anatomy, poses, clothing and character designs. The lessons are brief and are covered under 30 pages. For example, for drawing of heads, the front and sides are taught. But for heads at other angles, while there are illustrated examples with guidelines, there aren't enough in depth explanation to go with it. This section is just an introduction on figure drawing.
The second part of the book features tutorials from various artists on designing characters. There are many useful tips on drawing, what type of materials to use and things to look out for. Many artists are using traditional medium but there are a few tutorials on Photoshop.
The third part is on colouring the characters that were drawn in the previous chapter. The tutorials cover a variety of tools that are used, such as coloured pencils, markers, watercolour and Photoshop. Again, there are good tips on handling the specific mediums.
The last few pages feature a manga art gallery from various artists.
Overall, this book is more on understanding the style of manga art, and the tutorials that show you how to create them.
For beginners, I would also recommend getting dedicated books such as Drawing the Head and Hands and Figure Drawing for All It's Worth. With basic figure drawing skills, stylizing characters for manga will be much easier.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I wouldn't recommend it to people who haven't ever drawn people or done art classes that include life drawing; this is due to the terminology and anatomy practices being new to them.If you were to buy this book as a beginner, I'd recommend you reading Art Fundamentals sold by Beloeil first; this will help you understand anatomy of the human body and how to draw properly. I'd then consider buying this product as you'd have more knowledge and practice in drawing! Then again it all depends on how you learn as a person!
I really do hope that my comment has helped you understand how useful and amazing the book is!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book to be a convoluted patch work of manga wannabe artist. The instruction segments are so complex and difficult to follow unless you are already very good at using... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Donnie Max
Book rated ok, wasn't enough technical detail as to how to achieve painted effects however, gives insight into Manga Art, ok for absolute beginners.Published on 10 Mar. 2014 by geoff donald harding
This is a fantastic little book. It covers alsorts of different techniques and had lots of detailed instructions and pictures to look at. Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2014 by K.Addams
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