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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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Top Customer Reviews
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
My daughter is 9 and really wanted to be able to draw manga. With this book she is given multiple lessons in different aspects of the art, as well as numerous examples of how to... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I learned a lot by reading it gave me great info on how to precede but I have a long ways to goPublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
The four stars are for the content, but the Kindle version of this book is awful. The drawings are all far too small to see clearly. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Preferred Customer
this is a book for very beginners, in my opinion it lacked explanations to properly go through step by step
not very fit for me but it was a little helpful.
Learn drawing techniques for this ever popular style of graphic design. Your friends will be impressed in your skill in drawing.Published 1 month ago by Briangma
It was really enjoyed. This have a different style of illustrations compared to Hikaru Hayashi's. But it's really great. Mark Crilley's book is great.Published 1 month ago by Kendra
We've enjoyed Mark Crilley's videos on YouTube, and this book doesn't disappoint. This rich text covers the basics of manga and more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris Bryson