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Manga For Dummies Paperback – 2 Feb 2007
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From the Back Cover
Packed with hundreds of how–to illustrations
Take your manga drawings from rough sketches to finished art!
Are you an aspiring manga artist? This easy–to–follow guide shows you how to create your own manga characters and their world ― from heroes and villains to weapons, cars, animals, and more. You get expert, step–by–step guidance in various drawing techniques, developing a story, and using motion and emotion to bring your characters to life!
Discover how to
- Draw different faces and body types
- Understand the manga genres
- Create plotlines and storyboards
- Design high–tech gadgets
- Show off your work
- Set up your own manga studio
About the Author
Kensuke Okabayashi teaches art at the Educational Alliance Art School in New York City. His work can be seen in everything from comic books to graphic novels to advertising storyboards.
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Top Customer Reviews
I like the way the book is structured and paced. Anyone familiar with the '... for Dummies' series will be instantly at home as it uses the well tried formula of teaching in the vernacular with humour.
Sure, there aren't as many pictures to copy as in some manga tutor books, but the author explains the all principles and techniques you need to master in order to become a manga-ka (manga artist) in easy to digest chunks.
In addition to the technical instruction, there are practical tips and interesting historical/cultural sections which add depth and perspective to the subject.
Oh, and the author is one fine artist too!
In my opinion, this book is well worth the price.
The first few chapters explain how to draw heads and faces, and gives some expressions. It then moves on to the basics of anatomy and proportions (how to draw a "skeleton" to get the pose right, how to draw the general shapes of the body, and finally the effect the various muscle groups have on it). The next few explain how to draw clothing. Next it gives a few examples of characters (heroes, sidekicks and villains). The last few chapters explain how to draw a few miscellaneous accessories (goggles, bags), landscape features and vehicles (the book mainly focuses on drawing people, so don't buy it for this part). Nearing the end of the book, the author gives some explanation of story telling while he plugs his own comic (which, to be fair, isn't that bad, but definitely don't buy it for this chapter). Finally he lists some famous manga artists and gives some details on drawing manga art professionally (not really something you need to think about if you at the skill level of this book, but still interesting to know).
* Excellent section on drawing heads.
* Decent guide to drawing human bodies (including the muscle groups)
* Good (but not great) section on drawing clothes.
* Lacks detail on drawing things other than people.
* Focuses more on drawing individual things in a specific way in the later sections (e.g. how to draw a top like this one, how to draw a plane that looks exactly like this).Read more ›
The sample art pieces are not that good...as compared to others, but sufficient for you to understand.
One thing missing though is the posture....some sample posture on how to draw a human. There's also limited example on sideview (for human). If there are more info on the anatomy...i think it'll be much better.
Overall, it is a good buy...but this is not the book where you should look at if you cannot draw (no drawing n shading lessons) and can only draw a human which stand straight (no interesting posture).
Hope it helps.
I've bought a lot of tutorial books and this is definitely one of the best.
Overall valuable for newbies to Manga.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really in depth, but please don't expect to learn how to draw from this... I mean it is meant for people who want to start out drawing, but it's much more for people who already... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dark Kitarist
Bought for my daughter and used and trusted as a bible for Manga! Amazing book and astounding price for what you get!Published on 15 Mar. 2015 by Boots Connell
I'm going to start by saying that I have no experience in drawing, I don't know how to draw.
But this book is a great place to start for people like me, even more if you... Read more