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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (2 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470080256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470080252
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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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I've got several 'how to...' books about manga, and this is the one which has taught me the most.

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.
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I got this a few years ago when I became interested in drawing manga. It proved quite helpful but I wouldn't recommend it for someone who's already got some experience (unless they're self taught, in which case it might still be useful).

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).

Pros:
* Excellent section on drawing heads.
* Decent guide to drawing human bodies (including the muscle groups)
* Good (but not great) section on drawing clothes.

Cons:
* 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).
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As stated by the title, it's meant for beginners...someone like me. It covers a lot of things, from basic human anatomy, facial expressions, simple perspectives, folds, clothings, etc etc. Definitely a good place to begin.

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.
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I bought this title for my 13 year old who loved manga and desperately wanted to be able to create her own, this book has guided her through how to create many of the techniques she was entirely clueless about before hand and helped her build in confidence with her drawing. This book has helped her believe she genuinely can improve and create her own images if she keeps practicing, I'm uncertain if it's the book itself or the amount of trial and error she's allowed herself to enter into since receiving this book but either way she's seeing a reward in her improvement. The book itself is not suddenly going to make a person a better artist, it will however teach a person methods for improving their own drawing with effort.
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I bought Kensuke's other book "Figure drawing for dummies" and saw this mentioned, so I thought I'd pick this up too. Being interested in Manga art, and constantly struggling to draw anything that looked even vaguely manga-like, I found the book's lessons and tips invaluable. Everything from the various styles and Manga terms is covered here, along with a good dose of practical and sensible advice on getting your first Manga works completed. Covers more than just figure work and faces (some great tips on drawing gadgets, clothes and even cars!) and there's a fantastic chapter on perspective too.

I've bought a lot of tutorial books and this is definitely one of the best.
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A decent book. Already knowing much about manga, I did not really learn anything new, but it provides a good basis for a beginner in this field of drawing.
Overall valuable for newbies to Manga.
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Goes through step by step methods of drawing. Good foundation to start your drawings from but be a little better with more modern manga drawing but have gone through the whole book yet
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