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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Original edition (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061149950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061149955
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jack V. Daly on September 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Draw Like the Hottest Artists in Japan" had me thinking it was an updated "How to Draw Manga." I expected anime/ manga artists/ styles but I was disappointed in the lack of "how to."

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.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Poisonclock on June 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm not a lolita myself, but I'm an artist who takes part in the goth scene (I consider myself a Romantigoth), so I was quite intrigued when I heard about this book. I've waited a while to read reviews, but wherever I looked, I could not find any. So, risked buying this without reading any feedback from anyone else.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on August 5, 2009
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This is primarily a showcase book, and doesn't actually show you how to draw like the artists featured. How to color and use photoshop like them, yes. But actual drawing/lineart? No. Not a big deal to me, but perhaps an important distinction for some people.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Beemon on April 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
First off, I want to just say that I'm a lolita and I'm really into lolita art. There have been a lot of books that claim that they're 'lolita' but it just ends in an awful American gothic-maid mix. So I went out on a limb and bought this book a while back.

It has a lot of images as well as a 'how the artist did it' section for each individual artist.

The Good

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.

The Strange

Nori Tomizaki does photo manipulations and CGIs of cute girls as ball jointed dolls.
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