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Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley: 30 drawing lessons from the creator of Akiko Paperback – March 8, 2012
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"This is the book fans have been requesting for years." --Arts Book Mix
About the Author
Mark Crilley is the creator of several manga books, including the Akiko series, Miki Falls, the Billy Clikk novels and Brody's Ghost. Since being selected for Entertainment Weekly's "It List" in 1998, Crilley has published nearly twenty books across his many popular series and developed a massive internet following for his drawing demonstration videos earning him a spot as one of the top 25 Most Subscribed to Gurus on YouTube. His novels have been featured in USA Today, the New York Daily News and Disney Adventures magazine, as well as on CNN Headline News. Visit Mark online at MarkCrilley.com or YouTube.com/markcrilley
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The book is divided into three chapters: Heads and Faces, Proportions and Poses, and Setting the Scene. The bulk of the book is made up of step-by-step guides for drawing specific character types. Adults, teens, kids and toddlers are covered, as well as chibis. The written instructions give tips about showing the gender, age and personality of the characters. One thing that sets this book apart is that several pages are devoted to portraying fuller-figured characters, something that I haven't seen much in other manga how-to books.
There are also more advanced tutorials for kissing poses and drawing a martial arts scene, as well as thorough instruction for drawing folds and wrinkles in clothing. Some of the most useful content is towards the end. There's information about inking drawings, laying out panels and adding speech bubbles and sound effects. One of the most interesting parts is a page showing Mark Crilley's process in creating a manga page from start to finish.Read more ›
This book as a TON of useful information that other manga drawing series lack ranging from Art 101 topics like perspective and scale to basic anatomy. Even if you are not a complete newbie it serves as a nice refreasher course and reminder, all while keeping its manga slant. Beyond the educational values of the early lessons it also has great referance material ranging from various emotions, folds in clothing, hands, feet, and even various age groups/character archtypes.
It is a great educational resource and is presented in a very fun Japanese-inspired manner. I have a collection of maybe 20 'how to draw' books , including a 12 book series on how to draw in a manga style specifically. If I could only recommend one book it would have to be this one. Plus if this book is not enough for you be sure to check out Mark Crilley's YouTube channel for additional instruction.
I'm sure more than a few of us might have purchased other Manga how-tos from author's like Christopher Hart and been extremely disappointed at the quality of the artwork. I didn't get a sense of anything like that with this book. First of all, he's not trying to mimic anyone else's style. The drawings are done more so to illustrate technique then they are to look like someone else's work. I think he purposefully kept it that way so that people can use his lessons to develop their own style. He keeps the depictions simple and consistent throughout the book. It doesn't matter if you're looking at page five or page eighty five, all of the pictures are done by the same artist and its a good thing. One of the chief drawbacks of those other manga books is that they ricochet back and forth from one artistic style to another, confusing anyone who's trying to develop because instead of concentrating on one style, they're trying to do ten different anime styles. In addition, Mr. Crilley does an excellent job of giving little tips that are truly useful like the way he suggests laying out the hair when drawing.
I hope that he makes a few more of these kinds of books. There were some things I would have liked to have seen covered that he didn't.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another gift for my grandson, he is very happy with his art booksPublished 5 days ago by Tonya Brum
I love how this book is set up, it helps me out a lot and I learned things I never knew. I don't have any problems with Mark Crilley's work 🤗!Published 8 days ago by Kwanza Gourrier
This book is absolutely amazing. Step by step it goes into detail and has nice tips and tricks for mastering the Art of manga making. Read morePublished 8 days ago by H. Joyce
The book won my daughter's heart and she started to draw from the book right away! It's really amazing to see her create her own characters based on what she learns from this book. Read morePublished 11 days ago by RBAF
My 13 yr old daughter's anime drawing has improved so much. She absolutely loves this book and has memorized it :). Read morePublished 13 days ago by Aaron M. Shumway