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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"
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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 Ordoñez 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: 3DTotal Publishing; Slp edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956817165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956817167
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 12 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3dtotal.com has been positioned at the forefront of CG websites since 1999, providing aspiring and professional artists with the news, techniques and inspiration they need to grow in the 3D industry. The website offers a variety of training products, inspirational image galleries, a free texture resource library, plus literally hundreds of free tutorials covering a variety of subjects for 3D artists and digital painters.

In 2006, 3dtotal.com Ltd entered into a partnership with Focal Press, an Imprint of Elsevier, to launch the popular book series Digital Art Masters and Digital Painting Techniques. The premise for these books was to provide high-quality content to inspire and educate the next generation of digital artists, featuring the work of top industry professionals, detailed tutorials and image breakdowns. These books have since become firmly established as indispensible resources for any serious CG artist.

After five successful years of working with Focal Press, 3dtotal Publishing was launched in 2010 as an independent publisher. As well as self-publishing the later volumes in the Digital Art Masters and Digital Painting Techniques series, 3dtotal Publishing has successfully launched several new titles, including: Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop, Elysium - The Art of Daarken, Prime and Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art and many more.

With several new titles planned for 2015 and beyond, 3dtotal Publishing is now firmly established as one of the most exciting, up-and-coming digital art publishers in the world. Watch this space to discover more exciting titles on the horizon!

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 30, 2013
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Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art is a more of a tips and techniques book rather than a structured course on drawing manga from start to end. The book covers only characters.

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.)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Neko-san TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 21, 2013
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Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art is a great reference art book for the aspirant manga artist and manga aficionado in general. This book is not a how-to-draw manga, but guide full of very useful tips on drawing, inking and coloring high quality manga characters. And the manga art in this book is fantastic, bound to inspire your own manga art.

I'm very impress with the quality of this book. This book comes in a protective transparent vinyl cover, which you have to slide off to get access to the book. It also was printed in landscape, which helps to keep tips and commentaries side-by-side with the artwork shown.

The book is 208 pages long, and is organized into three chapters and a gallery:

Chapter 1: The Basics of Manga is an introduction to the world of manga. It includes a brief history of manga, and very brief guides a about manga styles, drawing faces and expressive eyes, drawing bodies and posing, and drawing clothes on characters.

Chapter 2: Designing Characters is a collection of guides on how to draw and ink a few interesting original manga characters. There are 11 character in total: The Barber, Ayaka the Zombie-Slaying Idol Singer, A Female Warrior, Kleo the Cat Girl, The School Girl, A Manga Duo, The Angel, A Forest Spirit, A Japanese Warrior Boy, A Lychee-Obsessed Girl and A Fantasy Elf. Each guide starts with an introduction and list of tools used. These guides include 5 - 16 figures, showing the art at various stages of development, using graphite pencils, brush pens, mechanical pencils, Copic liners, fountain pens, Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop.

Chapter 3: Coloring Characters builds up on the 11 characters started on the previous chapter presenting a collection of guides on how to color these.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fred on June 12, 2013
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I really liked this book, however if you're looking for a guide for you to learn to draw from a scratch then I don't think this is your best option. Don't misunderstand me, the book is great, but it is focused on how to improve your drawing skills more than learning how to draw.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. clay on December 2, 2013
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I like this book, but do not love it. I am now looking for another book to buy, for character building. The main focus of this book is coloring. There is only a few pages, at most 30, on how to actually draw the character. A few pages on the front and side view of the head, then one diagram, one for male and one for female, on how the body looks(no extra detail). Then a few pages on what the eyes should look like, on an emotional state. The rest of the book is coloring, and the artists showing how they draw their characters(at which they show you how to color them at the back, which is the coloring part. No extra detail on how to do effects....) They look really sleek and "cool", but very little deep detail.

This is no book for beginners. Very little detail on building character, or even certain ways to color or designing effects. I believe you should have a basic understanding of manga and drawing/coloring, which the coloring is mainly on the computer(or digital). Hope my review helped.

Also, if anyone can give me some suggestions on a book to get for designing/sketching/drawing manga characters, please let me know. (if the characters or tutorial characters look like these, that would be even better!)
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I was so pleased with the book, not only its contents but also the quality of the paper and the print. Gives you the basics of drawing a complete manga character from head to tow. Also there're 11 different characters to draw as a project, starts from sketching to coloring. The first 8 projects are done traditionally, and only three were digitally painted (with photoshop). I wished if they're mostly focusing on digital painting instead of traditionally, but it's up to me whether I want to color the characters digitally or traditionally. I love the book and it needs a lot of work and practice.
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