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Product Details

  • Series: Draw Your Own Manga Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (November 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770029519
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770029515
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"this easy-to-use guide discusses all the important ingredients of the wide-eyed manga universe." -- Animation, March, 2004

From the Publisher

Ever wanted to draw manga but didn't know where to start?

Ever felt there's something not quite right with your drawing but not sure what?

Draw Your Own Manga: All The Basics is the book for you! The textbook of choice at Tokyo Animation College--the leading school for mango artists in Japan, it covers all the basic information you need to get started on drawing manga with clear and easy-to-understand instructions.

Customer Reviews

This is a great book on drawing manga.
PersonReviewing
This book has great tips on the small details with clear explanations.
Helene Hollis
I really love it, I cant wait till I can find book two comes out!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "barracudaman232" on January 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
While this book has " All the Basics" in it's title, it still could be VERY useful to more mature artists. This book covers any kind of drawing tool you'd ever want: templates, rulers, inks,pencils,erasers, cutting tools, screen tone, mechanical pencils, tape, correction fluid, manuscript cards, light box tracer, manikins, tone tools, photo collections, manuscript paper, pen nibs, pen holders and much more. It tells you how to use them, and lots of tips. It has a section on Perspective, something VERY nifty. No "wrong" stuff, and has a section on drawing people,( of course ) which is pretty good. And 2 Interviews with manga artists Takao Yaguchi and Toru Fujisawa. The only reason I gave it a 4 is 'cause it could have had more variety. Dogs, cats, older people.
Overall, though, very good.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book taught me so many things! Before I read this book, I thought I was going to have to make all those screentones myself! Boy, was I wrong! :D This book tells you what materials you'll need to write and draw your own manga, and describes them in great detail! However, I only gave this book 4 stars because...

-It doesn't describe how to draw people very well. If you've mastered that (which I haven't), the book's fine.

-It barely has any information on paneling.

-The first few pages are colored digitally. A bit ironic that there are pages colored digitally in a book that gives instructions on how to draw traditionally, don't you think?

Overall, if you're still a beginner, this book is not for you. But if you've gotten pretty good at drawing people and are ready to move on to publishing your own manga, buy this book immediately!

Tip for you all: Ignore page 73. It doesn't know what it's talking about.
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kaleidocherry VINE VOICE on October 9, 2006
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This book spends far more time telling us what kind of materials are needed and where to buy them/how to use them, than it does "how" to draw manga. I want to learn what characteristics make a successful manga figure, not how to produce a manga comic book. I did not feel this book was very useful - there is only one useful page, for example, discussing eyes, and it simply has 4 sets of "boys' eyes" and 4 of "girls' eyes."

I don't consider this a "how to draw" book but rather a "how to get started making manga books with all the appropriate materials." Give me a black marker and some colored pencils and I'm happy. This book isn't worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronito101 on September 20, 2011
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Let me start by saying that this book is very Inspiring to me because of the Interviews it has about Mr. Takao Yaguchi and Toru Fujisama's early beginning as manga artist. I have a few "how to draw manga" books but i gotta say that this book is by far the one that has motivated me to keep drawing Anime/manga.

This book is divided in 6 parts(chapters).
1.Interview
2.Draw your own Manga: All the basics
3.Lesson 1: Materials
4.Lesson 2: Drawing Characters
5.Lesson 3: special effects
6.Lesson 4: Background.
Part 2 tells u alot about materials and how to finish a draft while part#3 explains in more details all the materials you need and alot of variety you can and should use if you are serious about profesionaly final drafts. This chapter its very good because it gives u alot of insight on materials and how to take care of them!!!
Part#4 Drawing Characters is very good as well for a beginner. The only thing is that it focus only on the body proportion, the face/head position and the eyes, of course. Nothing about ears, hands, feet, clothe, chibis,fairies, dragons, etc.
Part#5 Special effects its all about what it says. Very good chapter and a lot of basic techniques to make your drawings look very cool.
Part#6 Background. This chapter is more about "Perspective". There is no how to draw a Beach, Forest, Sky or any fancy background.

Overall: Half of this book is informational and half Instructional. If you are looking for a book saturated with examples and exercises and how to draw body proportion from lots of angles, many eye style, ears, dragons, chibi, etc...This book ain't for you. I still love it and i will keep on using it and learning from it.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book has excellent info on how to draw manga, especially for beginners. It's very acurate, and can show you many teqhniques to get started drawing manga. I absoulutely reccomend this book. It is absoulutely stunning, and the details are fantastic. Before I read it, my manga was, yes, terrible. But now, my manga has improved a lot more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Haku Belmont on January 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
All of you out there who would like to draw manga, and have a small to superb experience range, read this book! I bought it from a bookstore (Barnes&Noble), and found it extremely useful. I, although, was a beginner, back then, and found it difficult to comprehend what they said (a bit confusing). But, if you have that little bit of Manga Knowledge, pick it up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abigail Principe on June 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you want to start maiking your own manga you most buy this book. It tells you everything you need from toning and the kind of ink thats best the matirials that you need an bla bla bla. You get the idea.
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By Amme Hsuor on December 31, 2011
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Paying thirty dollars for both this book and the one after it - "Beyond the Basics"- is worth it. You will have everything you need to know.

This book is basically about materials, and though it's not how to draw the people, it is VERY helpful with the materials, techniques and skills you might otherwise be overlooking. It is written in a comic style, and so is easy and fun to follow, even at the parts that tend to get a bit complicated.

These and "Beyond the Basics" are the indispensable manga guide books.
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