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Beginners Guide to Manga
on February 27, 2006
I like the book fairly well. The technique described works in my experience. The first half of the book is spent describing manga to an audience that doesn't not know it very well. I found myself skipping pages on Shojo, Sci-Fi and so on. To me, who has been reading and writing manga for years now, it was all review. When I got to the second half of the book which showed a few dozen techniques that I have been using in the past 6 months, I decided that it was a good book to have 6 months ago. If you haven't touched mouse to canvas, haven't scanned 20 pages of art into your computer, then this book will solve your problems before you have them. But if you're familiar with brush size, texture, layers, and opacity in the digital realm, you probably will only get a brief insight from this book. Tracing, filling with anti-aliasing, and so on are problems that digital developers face. The simple solutions that are obvious are the ones pointed to in this book. I was hoping perhaps that it would solve them better than I have already.
Overall, a warning for those who know the craft, a recommendation to those who want to.