Mastering Manga 2: Level Up with Mark Crilley Paperback – 30 Nov 2013
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Bought this for my little sibling and she loved it!!Published 5 months ago by Abdulrahman Aloubaydi
My 12 year old son is very artistic and has recently gotten into manga in a big way. This book has really helped him develop his manga style of drawing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Daddysuperspy
Great continuation from Book 1
More tips and advice to make you a manga master!
Bought for my daughter who loves to try her hand at Manga. She's still in love with it and uses the book regularly. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer