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How To Draw Manga: Sketching Manga-Style Volume 1: Sketching As Composition Planning (How to Draw Manga (Graphic-Sha Numbered)) Paperback – May 22, 2007


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  • Series: How to Draw Manga (Graphic-Sha Numbered) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Graphic-Sha Publishing (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4766117093
  • ISBN-13: 978-4766117097
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's also a heftier book at being almost 60 pages longer than some of the other books in the series.
Grant Beaudette
This book covers many basic subjects, from drawing Manga-Styled head and figure to creating truly dynamic Manga characters.
Neko-san
I own this book and a couple others from the series, and have looked through almost all the rest in bookstores.
Hayang

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Charsya Paul on April 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was really surprised when I was actually able to get this book in my hands!!! I waited so many months before I could order this book! Any way, this book is comprised from three different artists', Hikaru Hayashi, (my fav by the way) Takehiko Matsumoto, and Kazuaki Morita. These three artists' teamed up to compile a book with there own renditions of stetching manga. Basically this book is a giant rough sketch book showing you the basic shapes they used to get their art work to look the way it does. This is actually helpful in alot of ways. It is preparing you on how to do this so that you can have a idea on how to draw your own manga masterpieces. Toward the end of the book, they give examples of some of the artist's work and how to improve the color on the artwork.Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Peter Parker on October 20, 2007
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This book covers a modern technique used by professional artists. If you have no drawing experience whatsoever, this might not be a good place to start. Those who have spent some time learning basic techniques and can produce basic figures could will definitely profit from this book.

The brilliant part is complete sets of images showing pros creating a new drawing from scratch, with detailed notes on each step. Given sufficient talent, you could eliminate some steps and duplicate what the artists are doing to finish drawings faster.

However, by skipping directly to what the pros apparently do now, the beginning artist misses the building blocks of learning that those same pros went through to get where they are today. Generally a beginning book starts with simple shapes, basic anatomy, perspective, etc. Mastery of fundamentals gives an artist the freedom and capability to create any character and pose.

The analogy to this is the first impressionist master painters. Every one of them was first trained as a classical painter. Picasso could paint in photographic realism if he wanted. His mastery of the fundamentals made his cubist work great.

If you have the basics already, this is a wonderful reference, and I would recommend it to beginners as well so long as they also get references that teach fundamentals.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grant Beaudette VINE VOICE on March 4, 2008
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Over the years I've slowly put together a sizable library of these How to Draw Manga books without even realizing it.

That being said, I'll be the first to admit that the usefulness of some of these books is kind of hit or miss. But the Manga Sketching books are fantastic drawing resources regardless of whether you want to draw in a Manga style or not.

This book is really more grounded in basic figure drawing techniques than other How to Draw Manga books that are largely caged in by the conventions of Japanese comic art. It's also a heftier book at being almost 60 pages longer than some of the other books in the series.

A major section of the book is dedicated to a broad survey of human anatomy, and I would say it does a better job on the subject than many books that focus strictly on anatomy for artists. There's 9 pages dedicated to the head & neck alone. And all of the examples feature the body in motion, which is far more helpful in seeing how the body fits together than a bunch of stiff poses.

Much of the rest of the text is about design tips to solidify the body type you're shooting for or "enhancing a sense of presence" as the manga books often put it, which boils down to creating more interesting, dynamic poses.

Good figure drawing has many basic principles, no matter what style is laid on top of it. "Sketching Manga Style" is a fantastic resource to have around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GenoGar on February 9, 2011
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This is a very different "how to draw" book since it really focuses on very fine detail that most books overlook. I fully recommend it as it thoroughly goes over many aspects you would not think about.

...however this book is impossible to get without paying a hefty price. A book so popular should continue to sell... I'm not sure why Graphic-Sha won't print more; the prices right now on this particular series is horrendous. The price shot up 1000% (yes, one-thousand percent) because of its "rarity".

However great this book is, no art book is worth $300. The publisher isn't even getting the $300... just the resellers.

The 5 stars remain true when it was still $30 so that is how I will rate it. My recommendation to those who want this book... is to use that money elsewhere. Consider the "Sketching Manga-style" series as a lost cause or write Graphic-Sha a letter or something.
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