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Manga for the Beginner: Everything you Need to Start Drawing Right Away! [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Hart
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Got manga? Christopher Hart’s got manga, and he wants to share it with all his millions of readers—especially the beginners. With Manga for the Beginner, anyone who can hold a pencil can start drawing great manga characters right away. Using his signature step-by-step style, Hart shows how to draw the basic manga head and body, eyes, bodies, fashion, and more. Then he goes way beyond most beginner titles, exploring dynamic action poses, special effects, light and shading, perspective, popular manga types such as animals, anthros, and shoujo and shounen characters. By the end of this big book, the new artist is ready to draw dramatic story sequences full of movement and life.

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About the Author

Christopher Hart is the world’s best-selling author of drawing and cartooning books, with more than 2.5 million copies in print in seventeen languages. He lives in Westport, CT.

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Ever wonder what makes a professional artist's action poses look so cool? Well, you're about to find out. You're going to see that certain principles are used over and over again to make poses more dramatic. They are: (1) having the figures lean into the pose, (2) using speed lines and forced perspective, (3) creating emphatic facial expressions, (4) indicating secondary actions, and (5) adding background motion. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 13278 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (June 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CVS66UW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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A big fan here of Manga and just about all of the Japanese styles of art. I watch several shows regularly from Full Metal Alchemist to Bleach. When I was younger I watched tons of _Anime_ programs too. So, its been a dream of mine to draw Manga in some form or another for quite some time. When I bought this book I was unsure how it would be helpful.

On my own drawing Manga has been less than successful. With this book I have improved my faces, bodies and hair more than I could have through practice alone.

The book covers the basics all the way up to perspectives in scenes and more. If you are even a little bit interested in drawing manga and like self help books then this book should not be passed up. It is a true treasure for the beginner up to the more advanced illustrator.

If you are going to be drawing on a tablet on your PC I recommend Manga Studio EX 4 (Win/Mac) for software and Wacom Intuos4 Medium Pen Tablet for the tablet. Don't bother with the Debut program of Manga Studio if you think you are going to get into this at all. I use Manga Studio to draw all of my line art sketches and illustrations.

If you are going to be drawing on paper, do yourself a favor and go to a real art store. Get good paper, HB or harder pencils and a VERY good eraser. Also get a set of .01 up to 1.0 pens. It will help you with your illustration.

Thats it, good luck with this great art form!

Thanks for reading my review.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
This book really did get me started drawing manga. The directions are easy to follow with good tips for drawing. The only part I didn't understand was the vanishing points section but I pretty much got everything else. One part I wish it would've gone over was the wrinkles in clothes. Although the book was pretty good, I'm working on realistic drawings but for anyone who wants to draw manga, this is really the right book to start off at.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Name Says It All!! January 22, 2010
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Well my title says it all as well!

This book is exactly what most people need to start drawing manga right away. Starting with the most basic of all things, character design!

The book consists of a lot of different tips and guidance on how to draw characters. starting from the front view, the profile to the 3/4 views of the characters face,body and poses. It also has the basic tips and instructions on drawing weapons and clothes.

Just when you thought you are done by mastering those basics, the book teaches something more in a form of drawing animals, anthropods, shading ,colouring and drawing backgrounds!

The tips on drawing from perspective is in fact, in my opinion, a very useful tip for any artist in particular.

Overall, the book has everything the beginner needs to learn to start drawing right away! but, advanced or even intermediate artists may find this book a bit lacking, but why buy a book for beginners when you are higher in skill level in the first place?
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Americanized, Not for learning Manga November 25, 2010
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As the title suggests, this book is way too Americanized for my tastes. "Manga for Beginners" is closer to regular american cartooning than real manga. Only on a few pages does it actually look like anime. Also, I would not suggest this for a beginner. Mostly it shows pictures and has tips but doesn't have that step-by-step process that most beginners really need to learn how to draw. Overall, I'd say this book is good if you're not too into anime/manga and if you're good at looking at something and copying it without a step-by-step description of how to get to it, otherwise it would be my very last choice for learning how to draw manga.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners... who know how to draw October 21, 2008
You gotta be already pretty functionnal at drawing before reading this book. It goes right to the point and explains specifics details about mangas and how to draw them.

In no time, I was drawing pretty fine faces. There's a lot of explanations about eyes which is usually the main point of focus about mangas.

For the body, I found the list of tricks a bit short. So... I'm still practicing that part... understanding things on my own takes a bit longer.

All in all, Quite satisfied with the book!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't see this as a very good book for beginners. November 17, 2010
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When you read something that claims to be for beginners, you'd hope that it would focus more on building techniques that help you develop a wide range of skills. To me, this book seems to be lacking exactly that. There are a lot of poses that the writer/artist seems intent on showing you, but very little in the way of real lessons that a beginner needs to get better. It assumes too much, and offers very little in the way of actual practices and techniques that will help you develop your own style, be it chibi or shoujou. I'm someone who knows how to draw for the most part, and I find the questions that I would have are largely left unanswered. Like how to get the eyes in the proper proportion. Would you recommend a ruler, or compass, or a template? How about the type of pencils? Or using the blue pencils in order to sketch a rough outline and later using black pencils to get at the best lines and then fleshing it out from there. Or what type of paper works best? To me, a beginner's guide should start with all of those things, because they form the basis for making good artwork later on. If I'd seen this in a bookstore and picked it up before purchasing it, I would have put it back on the shelf and looked for something else.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Helpful
Very helpful. I just wish there were more visual examples, that being said there were a lot of visual examples especially with drawing faces from different angles. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Monique
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for my Collection! Christopher Hart Rocks!
Needed A Good Basic in-depth tutorial into drawing Anime.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Erase, start-over and Practice some more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zen
5.0 out of 5 stars Manga for the beginner
I am enjoying the book very much, especially the progressive steps of accomplishing movements and expressions achieving a finished look.
Published 1 month ago by Elinor Seaman
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for children
This book is a bit much for children to learn from. The age level of learning from this book should be from 18yrs and older.
Published 3 months ago by M G-D
2.0 out of 5 stars The book is short
I thought there were more pages on each basic step to each drawing... They skip multiple steps and I am a beginner and I just can't keep up with the drawing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JayDog
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a beginner, this book was a great starting place for me
I see a lot of more experienced and accomplished artists and illustrators complaining about details , but as a beginner I found it very rewarding, very quickly. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. Breakfield IV
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for youngsters!
I gave this book 4 stars because of the amount of content it includes! My daughter loves it! It has step by step guides to teach all about drawing anime
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift
I bought this as a gift for my younger brother who loves to draw anime and manga characters. In the year since I gave it to him, he has abused it to death. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alchaea
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book
Christmas gift Purchased along with another MANGA drawing book for my daughter who has taken a liking to drawing MANGA
Published 6 months ago by Yvonne C.
4.0 out of 5 stars detail is everything
this book isnt bad its very good for beginners but i wish it had more detail no offense to those who think diffrent
Published 7 months ago by Sonya Kite
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More About the Author

Christopher Hart is the leading author of How-To-Draw books on art instruction. His books have sold over 6 million copies, and have been translated into 20 languages. He is published by Random House, Soho Publishing and Walter Foster Books.


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