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Most useful how to draw book I've ever seen
on January 5, 2013
I didn't buy this book to do manga, I bought it because it contains the "Four Week Professional-Level Pen Training" course. This is the most challenging drawing education I have seen, and it scares me that no course or material I can find in the USA even comes close. On the other hand, this material you find here is commonplace in technical schools in Japan. In fact any instruction on how to do ropehatching is simply nonexistent in non-Japanese or at least non-Manga works. This is odd because of how incredibly useful it is.
A lot of the methods you will learn in this course can be automated with computers and screentones, but nothing beats the ability to sketch well. Your creativity becomes limitless and you can flesh out an idea or sketch "live" with nothing more than a ballpoint pen and a sheet of paper. The devil is in the details, and being able to draw clean lines without crutches (rulers and special equipment) or without nervousness is a core skill that will repay for a lifetime.
In all I'd say this is the best book I own on how to draw, and becomes even more powerful when coupled with other resources that teach how to draw from the environment (Freehand Sketching: An Introduction) or how to use sketching as a learning tactic (Visual Notes for Architects and Designers). For those looking to produce Manga, start here before you use any other book because you NEED these skills if you even hope to draw professionally.