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Manga for the Beginner: Everything you Need to Start Drawing Right Away! Paperback – August 5, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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?
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!