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Grade 6 Up—Flores explains how to create characters with a manga flair. Through black-and-white and color artwork, she provides the basics of figure drawing, specifically teenaged characters. Step-by-step instruction includes heads, facial features, and bodies. Posing and settings are briefly covered. The illustrations incorporate blue pencils for the initial sketches, then finishing with detailed pencils and inks. The premise is that an understanding of human anatomy is key to good character design, and essential for drawing attire. Half of the book is devoted to drawing garments, starting with folds, then pieces of clothing. The underlying body, sketched in blue or red, shows how it affects the shape of what the person is wearing. Characters sport trendy, but not otherworldly, outfits. Absent are the magical girls and costumed ninjas. The author's approach is that with a few variations on the standard figure, you can make your character design "mangalike." Chris Hart'sManga Mania Romance: Drawing Shojo Girls and Bishie Boys (Sixth & Spring, 2008) and Colleen Doran's Girl to Grrrl Manga: How to Draw the Hottest Shoujo Manga (Impact, 2007) provide wider and deeper coverage of art techniques, special effects, and other conventions distinctive to Japanese manga.—June Shimonishi, Torrance Public Library, CA
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"Good for any age group as it's not text heavy, [and is] well written. I must say that this book is one of the nicer drawn and laid out Western How to Draw Manga books out there. Pick it up if you're into this subject and need a decent drawing book. It's one book I doubt will ever become out of print." --Manga Tutorials
"This guide contains everything you need to know to create fabulous shojo manga characters with personality." --Arts Book Mix
Clothing wise this is a great book. It focuses mainly on different clothing aspects but not much on the face or body.
As a side note the faces could be drawn better. Read more
This book is the perfect tool for people who love to draw but lacks the professional approach. Yes, it takes a lot of practice but the book does offer a comprehensive guide to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ranndy
My eleven-year-old granddaughter picked this book because she is taking a course in drawing Manga. She loves Manga. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jean Levinson
The book was in good condition and though it is for slightly more advanced artists, it's a great purchase.Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Tsui
Teens (nieces) who received manga books I purchased here on Amazon, said that they really liked them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mamamazon
Great book to teach you what you need to know to draw cartoon people that look really great. So grab your pencils and paper and enjoy your day.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer