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Manga Tips: The Pocket Reference to Drawing Manga (Mini Manga) Paperback – April 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: Mini Manga
  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184448520X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844485208
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 0.5 x 4.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,347,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Regular readers of ABR will know of my allergy to pocket-size books. This is art, fer goodness sake, make it big so we can see it, will you! Small is NOT beautiful, it's hard to see and you have to force the pages back till your hands hurt in order to see them. The pages, not your hands, don't get smart with me when I'm having a rant, it makes me angry. However, just once in a while something comes along that doesn't just float my boat, it launches a whole navy, kersplash, all at once. And these little books are one of those things. No, they shouldn't work and, yes, at a fiver a pop, they are expensive, but what they do, really rather neatly, is offer you a single idea on a spread. Nothing so very unusual in that, I'll grant you, but this is minimalism taken to its absolute limit and it really is just one thing, not even a whole concept. I like that. I like that you can have just Men's Jeans or The Female Mouth just on their own. In fact, I'd recommend Manga Tips to anyone who wants to draw the human figure because it's full of basic ideas (like the more comprehensive and better value Mega Manga). The other one that comes at the same time is Mecha Manga, which is more specialised, concentrating on that I take to be robot figures you can't do without. Both books are arranged by category, so finding things is very easy, though flicking through and trusting to serendipity is a good approach too. Like I said, a fiver's a lot for a tiny book, but it's not a fiver wasted, I'd also say. And I don't say it If, like this reviewer you enjoy reading manga and have fancied trying your hand at becoming a mangaka yourself, this wee book is just the job. Less than 5" it will fit into a bag or pocket (or a Christmas stocking or even hanging on a Christmas tree), and is surely ideal to take on vacation so you can practice your art in spare moments. Perhaps a spiral bound format might have been more user friendly, but I like the small design and can imagine taking it where other books could not easily be taken. It starts you off with setting up your workstation and buying a remarkably modest range of art materials that most people reading this review will not doubt already own - I'm applauding already! Then it is on with the drawing, and showing how to build up typical male and female characters (as well as cute chibi) and get into the typical manga style. There are ideas for poses and clothes, different textures and finishes and close-ups of tricky areas such as hands and feet, as well as getting those trademark manga eyes just right. Later sections include weaponry and vehicles, plus a few mecha figures as well to whet your appetite for the companion to this, Mecha Manga. All in all a delightful little book and hopefully the first in a whole These really handy sized little pocket books will be great as presents, and so useful to just take out with you to practice techniques when you're at a loose end. The world of manga seems to be a growing genre and this book is full of essential tips which are not difficult to learn. My 10 year old grandson has had great fun browsing the books and trying out the weapons section - typical boy. The essentials of drawing manga are highlighted and explained, and many examples are shown making it easy to recreate your own manga figures. All examples are drawn from different manga types, as someone new to this field I had no idea that there were so many variants. The essential differences between normalA" figures and manga figures are pointed out and these characteristics mean you will understand how to make your own figures. They remind me very much of fantasy art figures in the way they are slightly altered facially to give a somewhat mythical look. "Manga Tips" is the ideal pocket book to this exciting artform, will make an excellent reference for anyone who wants to get started in manga The Mini Manga series are small books that are packed with information for people interested in the distinctive manga style of drawing. This series takes a detailed look at manga drawing covering mecha manga (manga robots and machines), tips for drawing manga, faces and hair, and hands and feet. Manga artist, Yishin Li, explains and demonstrates the essentials of different types of manga drawing. The small format of the books makes them extremely portable and ideal for carrying around. They are full of information and manga inspiration and represent good value for money. This series is ideal for beginners as well as more experienced manga

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Yishan Li is an internationally recognized manga artist.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neko-san TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Manga Tips is an excellent pocket sized reference book offering tips mostly about drawing Manga characters, but also about props such as swords, bikes and mechas. It does not include tips about drawing animals, but it does include Chibi characters. The sketches in this book are simple and well made, good enough to drive the tips home. These show, among other things, how to draw female and male Manga characters.

This is how this book is divided:

The Tips
1. Basic Anatomy
2. Faces
3. Hair
4. Hands
5. Feet
6. Clothing
7. Weapons
8. Vehicles
9. Mecha

Every section includes a small two-pages gallery with illustrations that can be used as a guideline or inspiration. I found plenty of useful remindres in every section. For example: It was refreshing to find a quick tip about the different proportions for the different types of manga characters in the basic anatomy section. However, I was most impressed with the section about faces, which includes examples of eyes, noses, and mouths, and step by step instruction on how to draw the head for female and male characters.

This book is 184 pages long, full of useful tips about drawing manga characters and their gadgets. This reference book will never replace the stack of books I usually use as reference at home, but it is easier to browse for a quick tip, or take with me when I'm on the road.
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By Hammy on April 13, 2012
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wow so i didnt think that they would be this small. I bought a couple of them and man are they small. I have big hands so its like realy hard to look at them my finger covers most of the page. However they are cool books i would recomend them for younger peeps trying to learn how to draw.
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By M. Nakagawa on January 17, 2012
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I bought 3 of these mini mangas for my daughter, who loves to draw, after first borrowing them from our local library. She loves them and says they are so helpful!
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