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Gothic Lolita Punk: Draw Like the Hottest Japanese Artists Paperback – May 19, 2009
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This is first and foremost, an "Artbook." Most of the artists have been showcased in Gothic & Lolita Bibles, etc. While the Art itself is impressive, the book is more of an "inside look" at each artists' unique technique, rather than an instructional guide.
Three of the artists in this book are absolutely terrible - Aguru Mukai is the worst (very juvenile style; no sense of proportion and all-around ugly) followed by Nori Tomizaki (poorly done and discombobulated work) and Tokyo Alice, who draws in a very unrefined, basic, and disproportionate fashion.
That said, the rest of the artists range from "very good" to "OMG spectacular", and don't disappoint in the least. Two artists, Eri Kamijo and Kira Imai have flat colored work (no use of gradation for shading), but I happen to like that style, and thus found no problem with it. Hime + You has slightly less flat shading, very much in the style of Junko Mizuno.
The remaining four artists showcase different, yet all beautiful styles, and I can't imagine anyone would dislike their work. Gin Jaba Tank's characters' eyes are a bit big, as are the eyes of Makoligato's dolls - but that's a small detail and may not bother you depending on your personal preferences. My personal favorite is Tama's haunting blend of macabre and child-like innocence in watercolors - I would buy the book again just for this artist.
You probably won't like all of the artists in this book, but if you can overlook that fact, the majority of the art is really very beautiful and quite worthwhile.
Well, it came in the mail yesterday. The cover art is beautiful, but now that I've taken a closer look at it, I have to say, I've seen better pen-and-ink works. The book features ten artists, claimed to be "gothic lolita" artists, as well as an interview with DJ SiSeN, a Japanese DJ known in the goth/punk/cyber club scene. The interview was interesting to read as an introduction to the alternative scene in Japan. Then, the ten artists' works are showcased. Each artist (except for one of them, a dollmaker) also includes a step-by-step process of how one of their pieces were created. I will give you my review on each individual artist, and what score they receive out of 5 points, with 1 point being the lowest. This is my objective review, so you may not agree with me.
1)Eri Kamijo (2.5/5)
Her works are nothing too special. Just the conventional, manga/anime-girl with long limbs, long hair, skinny frame, and wide eyes. Her lineart is quite thick, and her digital coloring is very flat.
2)Aguru Mukai (1/5)
Okay, why the hell is this guy in here? I'm sorry, but he looks as though he has had much art training or practice. His "art" is very vulgar, with ugly characters with long, pointed noses, awkward anatomy, and tasteless coloring. I'm very appalled that some would consider this "art." Perhaps the only "gothic lolita" trait of his work is the clothing. But then, the clothing is cheaply drawn.Read more ›
It has a lot of images as well as a 'how the artist did it' section for each individual artist.
Eri Kamijo has a very cute style. Her drawings are usually black, white and different shades of one other color. Simple stuff. I had never heard of her before but I'm glad I know of her now.
Yoh has very intricate black and white (with some muted colors)ink drawings. Very gothic lolita. Very beautiful.
Kira Imai does a lot of work for Angelic Pretty, so most lolitas already know about her. She's one of my favorite artists, lolita or not. She draws very lovely and sweet lolitas, but somehow her style still feels a little gothic-y. If you like her, I recommend getting her book Velour.
Makoligato has beautiful photographs of customized Pullip dolls. It's obvious that there's a lot of work that goes into these dolls. They look just amazing.
Gin Jaba Tank has very flowy, romantic, fantasy style. It's a little more renaissance than lolita at times. There are so many sparkles, flowers, butterflies, unicorns, and the colors are so bright and vivid. It's great stuff, I could go on forever.
HIME+YOU's art is very bubbly, dark, and girly. Very stylized and cute.
TAMA does cute but grim (sometimes gorey) watercolors. Innocent girls in creepy settings.
Nori Tomizaki does photo manipulations and CGIs of cute girls as ball jointed dolls.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought from the USED option to save money, as it was 25$, but got a great deal AND it arrived in brand New condition. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sydney Salem
I absolutely love it. In my opinion it's really bad as a How to Draw but as a picture book, which is what I bought it for, it's amazing.Published 7 months ago by Amy Calderone
This book is one of my most prized off collection. It has so many beautiful Lolita/goth styles of hot anime artists. Highly recommended for anime, Lolita or anything adorable fans.Published 16 months ago by ashley
If you are die hard anime manga or lolita fan or just like to look at cute things then this is the book for you! Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Isha Doll
This book is very creative, colorful and imaginative. I enjoy looking at the different art styles and other peoples techniques.Published on June 7, 2013 by Kumimiko
Hungry for some meaty illustration work...this book delivers. Not for the novice but every novice should have a copy. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Vera Bryan
I bought this expecting to see different art styles and I wasn't disappointed! I loved the delicate black-and-white pictures, the cute Lolitas in pink and the different styles. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I was expecting a reference or a how to draw styled book. What I got was more or less a display and motivation book about the artists themselves. Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by R. M. Gatling