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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT; unknown edition (March 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440309310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440309311
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Crilley was raised in Detroit, where he started drawing almost as soon as he could hold a pencil in his hand. After graduating from Kalamazoo College in 1988, where he was befriended by children's author David Small, he taught English in Taiwan and Japan for nearly five years. His first comic series, Akiko, was published in 1995, leading Random House to invite him to adapt it as a series of chapter books. His graphic novel series, Miki Falls, was chosen by the American Library Association as one of the "Great Graphic Novels for Teens" for 2007, and was optioned by Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt's Plan B Production Studio for development as a feature film. Crilley's work has been featured in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and on CNN Headline News and Comcast On Demand, and his popular YouTube videos have been viewed 250 million times and counting. He lives in Michigan with his wife, Miki, and children, Matthew and Mio.

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241 of 243 people found the following review helpful By moi surtout on February 16, 2012
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Like most people, I discovered Mark Crilley from his excellent tutorials on Youtube. I had high expectations of this book because I know he's a great teacher, but I wasn't sure how it would compare with the videos. You're probably wondering what you get from buying a book that the Youtube videos don't show for free. I've watched lots of Mark Crilley's tutorials, but there's something special about seeing the drawing printed on the page in front of me, there as a reference. If you wanted to, you could trace drawings for practice. The book also allows you to go at your own pace, which may take much longer than a ten-minute video can allow for. I think the book works well on its own or in combination with the videos.

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.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Neko Mode on March 29, 2012
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Don't let the title fool you. This is an art book first, 'how to draw' manga-style book second.

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.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By W. Watson on February 29, 2012
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I've been a fan of Mr. Crilley's work for some time. My Daughter loved his work Miki Falls, and I have to admit I enjoyed it, too. I have to say without reservation, Mr. Crilley's book is better that 95% of what's out there. He's also one of the few artists who actually has recognizable work when it comes to comics, manga and graphic novels. I think the only other one I'm aware of is the Shojo Fashion Manga Art School by Irene Flores (She's one of the artists for Windstorm's Welcome to Tranquility.)

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.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Eng Rui Pedro Cruz on June 28, 2012
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I don't know Mark Crilley personally, but I feel like I do. He seems to be a genuine nice person aside from a great artist. That has little to do with his teaching ability, but I like to support nice people.

After watching his very popular how-to videos on Youtube (how I found Mark's work) I started looking for more substantial material in the form of books. I don't have a Kindle device, but I do buy loads of books in Kindle, to use with iPad/iPhone and Mac. So I bought his book.

It's just as I expected, it's a great book with loads of techniques and reference materials to use and is as good as his youtube videos, but I do miss his upbeat comments in his very recognizable voice, which I find very funny and lightens the videos a lot - I mean, it's a video of a guy drawing... .

The videos are, of course, much clearer on how the drawings come together, and the book will point you in the right direction but not tell you the end of the story. I like that about Mark, he will try as hard as he can, not to interfere with your "developing" style. He doesn't want us to "copy" him but to develop as artists and this really comes through in the book. You may not think you're developing a style, when you can't even draw a simple straight line, but you are. He's very aware of that, even if we're not.

It's about process, it's about the tool that you need, that eventually - with loads of practice - will make you better.

He also comes across as a humble guy. He will tell you that he finds some techniques difficult. He will tell you that drawing hands is difficult, therefore there is no substitute for practice. Same with hairs, proportions, faces, eyes... It's 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration. He will not mask this.

All the tools are there, lots of coverage on all manga styles, including chibi, which I absolutely love.

Buy the book, already...
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