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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT Books (30 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440328307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440328305
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"He creates a compilation of strong lessons and ideas to give budding artists the tools they need to harnessing the manga perspective. Grounded in various art basics, pointing out sizing, angles and proportioning, Mark creates a lesson-plan system that is effective in charting these basics." - Nerd Reactor, 2013

About the Author

Mark Crilley is the author and illustrator of several graphic novel and prose fiction book series, including thirteen-time Eisner nominee Akiko, Billy Clikk, Miki Falls, Brody's Ghost, and Mastering Manga (IMPACT Books, 2012). Since being selected for Entertainment Weekly's "It List" in 1998, Crilley has spoken at hundreds of venues throughout the world and become one of YouTube's top 25 Most Subscribed Gurus, creating drawing demonstration videos that have been viewed more than 60 million times. His work has been featured in USA Today, the New York Daily News and Disney Adventures magazine, as well as on Comcast On Demand and CNN Headline News.


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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.
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This book is great for teaching you the tips that most people would either ignore or give you extremely lengthy explanations for. Helps to give you a more solid drawing rather than a character you've drawn and it's floating in a blank page, my drawing now have a good scenery to them now rather than just the character. Keep up the good work mark crilley
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I bought both this and the first edition in order to gain valuable insights into how exactly to create decent looking manga characters. There's plenty of good tutorial, tips and examples in this book to get you started, beginners need not beware, it is easy to understand and starts off slow and simple, how to draw eyes, how to draw a basic head at various angles etc. Eventually it progresses quite naturally into more in-depth lessons, literally, as it teaches you the basics of perspective, foreshortening and creating 'space' in which to place your action. It will teach you how to give your creations more character, more depth to the environments you put them in, and how to add details like wet clothes, rain, and other tricks of the trade. It is by no means a fully comprehensive guide on everything you need to know, for instance it seems to be geared towards traditional pencil and paper art, if you are creating digitally you will need further instruction on how to do line art, colour, and add effects as this features nothing on such things at all. As a guide to the fundamental design and creation of characters and environments in this particular style though it has been of great help and I still refer to it regularly when embarking upon a new project.
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Bought his and the first one. They seem to have a perfect learning curve, just enough to stretch a bit at each stage. I am now gaining some fluency. Very clearly laid out in a step by step fashion.

Disagree with this one being too similar to the first. It is a natural progression with the extra level of detail and subtlety that is introduced.
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I love this book as it does exactly as described. You level up with Mark Crilley, it's all right there on the cover. It's the second book and covers the next level of skills to help you develop.
It does have sections that beginners can follow, but it's aimed at helping others improve the skills they have already learned, plus some really cool new things too.
It has fantastic reference pages and pushes you to enhance your skills, the progression of examples (step by steps) are so easy to follow and really do show you a great way to draw, unlike other books that skip massive sections and leave you puzzled.

If you are a beginner or have not drawn manga before, I would advise book 1 first, only so that you can level up later with a strong base of skills.

One last thing that I have to "indicate" ;-) is that he has a YouTube channel, some of the things in the books covered on there, which is........FANTASTIC, not only have I got a book with it for reference, I can see him apply the techniques and talk about it on video.... what more do I need??? Its like having my own personal manga teacher...

Thank you Mark Crilley for all your books, they really helped me improve in a fun way ;-)
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Daughter is Manga obsessed and she has created some fabulous drawings from the hints and tips in this book. My daughter was already bought Mastering Manga 1 and she still found this book useful as it focused more on perspectives and background scenes such as bedrooms.
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