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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT; 1 Original edition (November 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160061180X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611803
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


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Best manga instruction book I ever read.
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I love this book and I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to learn to draw and not just those interested in manga.
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I really like that the book focuses on giving your manga character a personality before drawing them.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By tankgirly on February 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
...this book is amazing! I wasn't expecting much when I browsed through it in barnes & noble, but, contrary to what the cover and title, this is a great tool for anyone drawing manga. It covers all the basics, including two or more pages each on eyes, hands, feet, ears, etc., and also covers basic and in depth anatomy & body structure. Since I've purchased it, I've referenced it SO much! There's also chaptes on how fabric lays, hair styles, tons of poses... It's definitely not what I expected, but I'm really glad I've found it. I've previously bought quite a few other manga/ anime drawing books, and none of them has been as helpful as this one book has been. Definitely inspired me to draw way more... Perfect for any beginner or someone looking to hone specific skills. Many thanks to the author for making stuff that seems hard pretty easy to grasp. Yay!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lily D. on June 14, 2010
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This is an excellent book from the beginner to the advanced. I was surprised that it turned out to be as excellent as it was. While this book does assume you have some experience drawing (That you have attempted to draw people before, even if they turned out awful). It gives you pointers and things to keep in mind when attempting to draw them. Don't skimp on the practicing, as it does work!

The best section by far is the detail spent on clothing. I, myself, have a lot of problems drawing clothes and this book gave me an excellent idea of how clothing should look, lay, and work with the character.

I found that with this book and Girl to Grrrl manga by Colleen Doran, that all my other how to draw manga books make a bit more sense as well as become easier to understand. Girl to Grrl manga and Shojo Fashion break down the basics to help you understand how draw not only the basic character, but facial expressions, as well as different styles. They also focus on body structure and proportion, which nessc. for any beginning artist.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nata on July 6, 2010
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I really like this book it teaches you a lot more than just to draw manga clothes, it teaches you faces, hair and body structures not only that but it also gives tips on how to color your drawing. Im very happy that i bought this book and would recomend it to anyone who wanna become better to draw manga. Its also very good for inspiration, it inspires you to draw different types of clothes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael the Amazing on April 20, 2012
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I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who is trying to move from stick figures to anime. This book is for someone that can already draw at at least a basic level.

One thing that I love about this book is that I have been looking for a how-to FOREVER on how to draw more "realistic" anime/cartoon. Every time I look around or ask threads, people tell me the same thing, that there is not such thing as realistic anime and that I just should learn how to draw real people and make them cartoony.

But this book is perfect for what -I- was looking for. The figures are well proportioned and the faces a real enough. The folds of the clothing are more more advanced than typical cartoon anime like Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh. If you like the character styles of The Boondock Saints or Avatar: The Last Airbender, this book has the style you're looking for.

There are reference pages for different face angles, hands, feet, facial features such as lips, eyes and noses, proportional figures and etcetera. The clothing is all styles, from punk to dresses, modern and old fashioned.

I really enjoy it. It's a five stars for me.
Depending on what you're looking for, it could be for you too. =)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KLKD55 on March 13, 2012
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I first previewed this book and ever since I've been dying to buy the full book. I did, and I sure am glad I did! This book is an excellent reference. Not only does it teach you how to draw just clothes, but different styles of clothes, anatomy from head to toe (literally), and how to draw different poses. I found the entire book to be extremely helpful. Not a disappointment at all. This has to be my favorite drawing book so far.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alexandra on February 21, 2013
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I bought this last yr after my friend bought it yr before and i realized how amazing this book it.
I love the art style in the book bc it's consistant, more modern, and realistic yet simple at the same time.

This book doesnt just show u how to draw fashion. It also shows u how to draw the body. To give a quick run down, its seperated into 6 sections:
Tools and techniques (8 pgs)
Drawing bodies (18 pgs)
Drawimg heads and faces (24 pgs)
Drawing clothes (40 pgs)
Cool looks (30 pgs)
And setting the scene (12 pgs)

As u can tell the book is a bit half and half but still the majority of it is about fashion.

To give a bit more detail about each section (if u do not wish to read it all, u can comment and i can give u quick run down of most important and useful parts):

Tools and techniques is, of course, about the tools and techniques used, such as:
Pencils, leads, erasers, paper, pens, and markers
(Inking) line weight, adding texture, placing shadows, creating depth, and adding mood and atmosphere.
(Coloring, this parts is not too detailed) just gives an idea of how she colors.

Drawing bodies section shows not just how to draw the female body like most books, but also the male. This section shows and explains:
How the whole female and male looks from the front, side, and back
Head and neck in proportion
Bending at the shoulder and knees and how the muscles contract
Hands and different postions
Feet and different postions
Drawing from "skeletal" structure
Different body types
Putting ppl in poses
How the body changes when sitting, standing, running, jumping, lunging, fighting, and dancing
And putting poses in perspective.
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