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How To Draw Manga: Drawing Bishonen Paperback – January 13, 2009


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  • Series: How to Draw Manga
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Graphic-Sha Publishing (January 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4766119258
  • ISBN-13: 978-4766119251
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,977,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Celina J. Kilburger on March 9, 2009
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First off, the title is called "Drawing Bishounen" which basically means how to draw a handsome male. But this book is about 98% how to draw Yaoi. (Not that I have a problem with it, but I wanted to learn how to draw guys).

Second, most of the book is nothing more than photographs of models. (Actual People) It looks more like a magazine than a how to draw book. The photography is intermediate at best in most photos.

And Third, there is very little on actaully drawing males. There is a few pages on hands, feet, and facial expressions...but that is about it. I was very disappointed.

If you're looking for a book on how to draw a male...this is not the book for you. Even if you are looking for how to draw Yaoi...It's still not the book for you, unless you like to look at photographs and try to copy those into a manga style drawing with no guidence what so ever.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Thomas on June 1, 2009
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To those not familiar with the How to Draw Manga series, many of the books are simply reference materials for artists who are already familiar with drawing the body.

This work in particular focuses upon male models as a reference for various poses often used in manga. There is a section for single characters as well as a section for for multiple characters.

I would personally couple this book's purchase with the drawing Yaoi book of the same series for best results.( Despite the title, the drawing Yaoi book does not have any suggestive images of males together, and focuses on the different styles of 'pretty boy' characters typically found in manga.)

I would not purchase this particular title for any artist under the age of 17 or just begining to draw, but other titles in this series are far more suitable for them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dana Williams on July 28, 2010
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This book contains a quick tutorial on how to construct the human male figure, with several good tips on how to correctly cartoon one...but it isn't anything you won't pick up in any of the other "How to Draw" books. The diagram of bones and muscles with the ones you are most likely to see articulated on the nude figure is pretty helpful.

Mostly this book contains photo reference for poses.
These can be helpful and there are a wide range of poses and interactions included. The first half of the book contains solo figures (one or two of a figure undressing) and a pair interacting in horse play and some snuggling. The second half contains some more sexually charged poses and kissing available clothed or in underwear only. A few are far more sexually explicit than the name of the book implies, while not being pornographic necessarily you could view it as having been intended for pornographic reference, so I would recommend this for consumers over 18 or for an older teen with parental supervision/permission.

It really isn't a reference on how to create a character, which was disappointing to me when I first bought it, but it does show how to correctly utilize photographic reference without exactly copying it when creating an illustration and would provide someone who wasn't familiar with that a good learning experience. I have used some of the more explicit reference to create illustrations of heterosexual and lesbian couples as well so it is a handy all purpose reference and nice to have around when you experience a bit of art block.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Briggette on July 8, 2010
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The title should be "Here are a bunch of pictures of girly men doing things"

It did not explain any basic concepts of what makes a "Bishoumen"
The basic mechanics of drawing the bodytype of a "Bishoumen"

It was mostly stock photos; And they were annoying to a point wh ere they were mostly wearing uniforms, and had long hair so they blocked various points of the shoulders/face/body. Im sure we can connect the dots, but its still one more obstacle in using it as a referrence point.

The very end of the book had a few notes on drawing, but that's about it.
Buy only if you want to see some guys hugging each other at best; not suitable for young children due to the suggestive nature of some poses.
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