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Packed with hundreds of how-to illustrations

Take your manga drawings from rough sketches to finished art!

Are you an aspiring manga artist? This easy-to-follow guide shows you how to create your own manga characters and their world — from heroes and villains to weapons, cars, animals, and more. You get expert, step-by-step guidance in various drawing techniques, developing a story, and using motion and emotion to bring your characters to life!

Discover how to

  • Draw different faces and body types
  • Understand the manga genres
  • Create plotlines and storyboards
  • Design high-tech gadgets
  • Show off your work
  • Set up your own manga studio

About the Author

Kensuke Okabayashi teaches art at the Educational Alliance Art School in New York City. His work can be seen in everything from comic books to graphic novels to advertising storyboards.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470080256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470080252
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kensuke Okabayashi was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. Fascinated with manga (Japanese comics) and anime (Japanese short for animation), he began drawing comics at the early age of six. At the same time, his mother who was a fine artist encouraged him to draw from life and appreciate the modern arts.

While pursuing his BS in psychology and a minor in piano performance from Wheaton College, Kensuke continued to draw comics and seek professional advice while taking art courses. This lead to making overseas acquaintances with Shonen Jump and Kodansha editors in Japan. Among his experiences included meeting Japanese sci-fi manga legend, Matsumoto Leiji (Yamato, Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock) in addition to interning at Akazuka Productions.

After completing his degree at Wheaton College, Kensuke attended School of Visual Arts in New York City for his BFA in Illustration. There, he studied classical oil painting, water color, and honed his figure drawing skills. Upon graduating and armed with a new portfolio, he began illustrating for clients such as Kensington Books, Wizards of the Coast (Magic the Gathering), Skyzone Entertainment, Marvel Comics, Carl Fischer Music, and Takara Toys. While teaching illustration at Mercer College of New Jersey, Kensuke's works caught the attention of advertising illustration agencies in New York City. This resulted in clients such as Canon Digital USA, LG Global, Saatchi Healthcare, Diet Coke, Absolut Vodka, and XBox.

Recently, Kensuke was approached by Wiley Publishing to write and illustrate for their flagship Dummies titles. The first, Manga for Dummies, became a strong seller, which went on to be translated into French and German. He went on to illustrate and write his second book, Figure Drawing for Dummies, also selected for French translation. This lead to being commissioned by Jossey Bass Publishing to illustrate a lengthy graphic novel, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Manga Edition) - based on the New York Times Bestseller's author, Patrick Lencioni. This title has recently been translated into Portuguese and Bahasa. Kensuke has just finishined working on artwork for the Drawing for Dummies, Second Edition.

Kensuke is currently working on his creator owned series, JAVA! Recaffeinated, based upon his original series, JAVA! (Originally published by Committed Comics). He also continues to storyboard for Saatchi Healthcare and other advertising clients. He is a regular guest lecturer at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, book signing events, and lectures at educational institutions.

You can visit Kensuke's works at his studio website, or follow his blog site,

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. suppe on February 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
What I liked best is that this book is that it doesn't just help you to "draw manga" like a "how to draw cats" book (which it does quite well), but it connected me to with the whole manga genre. I got some sense that manga has a really creative and innovative history, starting with Hokusai (which was really news to me, because I always liked his prints and crazy drawings) and extending through some key creative artists I had never heard of who have brought manga to where it is today. This is an inspiration because it gets you thinking about what new could be done that could be really compelling in the future. Another thing I liked was that it gives a good sense of how different story lines and roles get articulated graphically. This Manga for Dummies is not just for dummies...
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Houser VINE VOICE on November 8, 2009
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What we have here is a disorganized, schizophrenic text which alternates between irrelevant hyper-detail and total disregard for the student as the author neglects to provide key instruction on fundamentals. I am amazed at the positive reviews for such a shallow, monkey-see, monkey-do book. Let me give some examples.

Mr. Okobayashi begins with teaching the drawing of the head. All is going well, even if he just kind of tells you what to do without providing much underlying rationale other than how it relates to the overall manga style. Close attention to his drawings will show, however, that he is failing to mention some key issues in regard to the contour of the line, the methods of shading, etc -- but not that big of a deal so far.

Now, he makes it quite clear that it is a good idea to master "simple" characters before going on to attempt more realistic portrayals. Then why in the world does he then devote one of the very first lessons on how to sketch out a hyper-realistic ear? He even suggests taking a picture of your own and studying all of the folds and creases. What? We have not even begun to learn the first elements of assembling a character yet. It's like a lesson from an advanced figure drawing textbook inserted right in the middle of learning how to draw cute manga girls.

It gets worse. After barely learning to sketch out the different parts of the face, exclusively from the front and side views, on page 78 all of a sudden the book leaps ahead and tells the student to draw 3/4 perspective heads and portray advanced expressions! Come again? We barely even know how to draw a 3/4 head much less place its constituent parts within it -- not to mention the fact that we can't even draw these individual parts (eyes, mouth, ears) in this perspective.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Mason Jr. on February 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because of my interest in Manga art but, this book took me beyond drawing. The author, besides being a good artist, is a great teacher. This book is full of information and history. I got this book to learn to draw Manga type art but, I became drawn into the words of the author. You can sense his respect for it's history and his want for the reader to understand all there is to know about Manga. The book is very easy to follow and when (and if) you get to the "How to Draw" part of the book, it takes you through a very easy, step by step process.
I feel this book was a wonderful purchase on my part.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Janine M. Ptaszek on February 23, 2007
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I'm learning all sorts of things I never knew about manga - the history, the drawing techniques, the characters, and even the storylines. Very impressive! I've never seen a manga drawing book this clear and informative. The simple, conversational writing is easy to follow and funny. It's organized well, so flipping through for pertinent information is a breeze. And, of course, the drawing is amazing. This is a must-read for anyone who loves manga and/or wants to draw it. I'm developing a new appreciation for this art.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve S on September 6, 2008
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I purchased this because I was a dummy with regards to drawing in general, and for some reason got a "wild hair" to try and draw manga. After looking at other how-to books, this seemed the most basic and I have learned to trust the dummies series.

In no time flat I was drawing faces and having fun. I spent my free time over the next few weeks going through the book advancing through the techniques. What I found is that nothing is impossible and I was able to draw Manga characters.

The author does a very good job at starting at ground zero, and giving very basic steps that you can replicate to produce decent results. He covers a wide array of topics that give you the tools you need.

Start with a head, then do eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and hair. Step by step you work through each of these either doing advanced drawing with a lot of detail or more cartoony features with less detail. After the head is done he moves to the body - first basic layout, then more detail to create a full body, and then add clothes. All of this in a patient step-by-step manner that makes it achievable - for a dummy like me!

Finally when you are able to draw a character, you have a lot more to consider: what other characters are there? How big is he compared to others? how do i draw landscapes, cities, or space ships? The author walks through these types of topics and more to give you a basic understanding of what you need to do if you want to draw a manga page.

In addition to all this, he covers the basics of drawing, for instance, what tools do you need to draw (a pencil and piece of paper), or ink, or draw a full manga page, or publish a full manga magazine.
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