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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT (August 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440308624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440308628
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Known as Ecthelian on deviantART since February 2004, Supittha “Annie” Bunyapen is a prolific young manga and cover artist whose site has received more than two million pageviews. She earned her BFA in sequential art from Savannah College of Art and Design, and currently works in the game industry for Kiz Toys (kiztoys.com). Bunyapen’s influences include the Japanese manga and Konami game artists Ayami Kojima and Fumi Ishikawa; Taiwanese manga, comic book and video game artist Jo Chen; yaoi manga artist Naono Bohra; writers J.R.R. Tolkien and the Brothers Grimm. When not busy working at Kiz Toys or on personal commissions, she spends her free time taking photos, listening to music and traveling. She divides her time between her home in South Carolina and Bangkok, Thailand. Visit her deviantART page at Ecthelian.deviantART.com.

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So not only has her art book help improve my manga, but she's helped with my realistic drawings as well!!
Paul G
And from the cover of this book (Create Your Own Cool Characters and Costumes with Markers) you would think that's all you're going to get.
Neko-san
And she backs up everything she writes about with photos and illustrations, as well as copiously detailed step-by-step instructions.
Robert Pendarvis

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Neko-san TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 16, 2011
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There are some great resources about adding color to comic art using digital media, from the publisher of this book and from others. However, I was looking for a resource that would specifically guide me on how to paint my manga/comic artwork with markers. And from the cover of this book (Create Your Own Cool Characters and Costumes with Markers) you would think that's all you're going to get. However, you get a bit more and that is not a bad thing.

This is how this book is organized:

Introduction
Chapter 1 Tools and Materials
Chapter 2 Drawing and Painting Heads
Chapter 3 Drawing Bodies and Poses
Chapter 4 Fantastical Costumes
Chapter 5 Textures, Backgrounds and Perspective
Index
About the Author

Each Chapter contains 5 to 10 pages of theory/tutorials about the subject at hand. Chapter 1 is very good at establishing the tools and materials to use for painting with markers. Chapters 2 and 3 present brief tutorials on how to draw, but extensive demos on how to paint heads, and posing figure. Chapter 4 gives good tips and demos about fantastic attire, but leaves you wishing for more. In the last pages of this book (43 out of 144), Chapter 5 presents tips on scenery and perspective before delving into how to paint various scenes.

The most important part for me about this guidebook is the extensive repertoire of step-by-step demos showing how to paint with markers.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pendarvis on November 15, 2011
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Right up front, let me point out that the writer/artist of this book is one of my former students at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Still, I always made a point of being honest (sometimes brutally so) during my in-class critiques and I try to treat my reviews on amazon.com the same way. Besides, Annie Supittha Bunyapen was a popular illustrator looong before taking my classes.

I meant to review this book earlier, but wanted to make certain I had given it a thorough going over. As one of the earlier reviewers pointed out, this book actually gives you MUCH more than the title implies.

Annie's writing style is very relaxed, but authoritative. This book isn't light on solid, factual information, yet it still feels like she's talking with you, not AT you. And she backs up everything she writes about with photos and illustrations, as well as copiously detailed step-by-step instructions. On top of that, she not only tells you how to use markers as a coloring tool, she explains how to use coloring itself as a storytelling tool!

A quick glance at the contents page gives you an idea of the general topics under discussion, but you have to actually READ the book to discover that Annie throws in much more, like using lighting effects to heighten drama, or using foreshortening and perspective. Yet everything always comes back to the coloring techniques that are the main focus of the book. The book's title might make you think that it is only appropriate for manga creators, but it would actually be a great book for ANY young artist who wants to master coloring techniques as part of their portfolio skills.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Brooks on November 18, 2011
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One of few books in my vast collection of "How To", "Manga School", " Manga Mania" ect books that deserve 5 stars.

Firstly, I'd like to say this book doesn't exactly cater to people new to the art of drawing manga. If you want to learn how to draw manga from the basics look into other sources (Not as if this book advertised itself as such, but I don't want people thinking because it says "Create Your Own Cool Characters" you can have no drawing experience and be able to achieve what this artist does.) While this book went farther in depth than I would have ever thought from the title and Amazon preview, all of the pictures the author is showing us how to color are already drawn line arts. There is a section where they teach you how to draw heads, go into perspective and give you poses, but if you're new it's not enough to get you going to full, detailed line arts. Basically, you don't learn how to draw the line arts in this book, you learn how to color them. Just putting that out there.

That said, I highly recommend this book if you want to familiarize yourself with Copics/Neopiko/Prismacolor markers(Cheaper brands will not work effectively if you're trying to color as shown in the book). Actually, this book is a absolute must when buying your first set of Copics. I believe there are tips in this book that you will not find elsewhere. And for each picture the author is showing us how to color she lists all tools needed and colors by Copic number so you can use exactly what she uses. Other reviewers went into detail about what else this book shows you so I won't repeat.

If you don't use markers I recommend this book anyway as inspiration. There is very beautiful art to be seen in this book. Just looking through it made me want to better myself as an artist.
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