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Doodletopia Manga: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Cute Manga Characters and More Paperback – June 21, 2016
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CHRISTOPHER HART is the world’s bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books. His books have sold more than 7.4 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content and easy-to-follow steps, Hart’s books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals, and they have been selected by the American Library Association for special notice.
Visit his website at www.chrishartbooks.com.
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All through the ages, humans have doodled. In prehistoric times, they doodled on cave walls. As technology progressed, they began to doodle on stone tablets. Eventually, the art of doodling moved to the margins of loose-leaf paper, which was generally unappreciated by teachers trying to grade homework assignments. And there, the art of doodling languished—until now.
Recently, there has been a hue and cry for doodling. I’m not exactly sure what a “hue” is, but I recognize the sound when my readers cry. Therefore, I knew I had to do something—and fast. So I finished my cup of coffee, poured myself a second cup, finished reading the paper, and then sprang into action!
I discovered that manga, that amazingly popular style of Japanese comics, which features an irresistible array of characters, visual icons, and design motifs, could satisfy the demands of even the most dedicated doodler.
This book, the second in my series of interactive Doodletopia titles, brings you buckets of fun characters to draw, doodle, and color, plus cool projects, including many that you can use outside of this book, such as designs for your own personal stationery, bookmarks, emoticons, and more.
Doodletopia: Manga is your ticket to a world of creativity. Each chapter gives you a head start with visual prompts so that you can complete manga mascots, adorable animals, silly chibis, eye-catching designs, and more.
You may try to resist the pull of manga doodles. But if you are reading this introduction, it’s already too late. The only thing that will help now is a pencil, and a tabletop to place this book on. Welcome aboard, fellow manga doodler!
Top customer reviews
This book is filled with cute manga characters, cute animals and scenes. There are step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. There are sections to suggest ways to finish your drawings by adding scenes to make them into a story and more interesting. I’m not sure I would consider the bonus section to really be “crafts and cut-outs” as it is just book marks that you can draw on and cut out but they are cute and a way to practice, and also some stationary pages to finish. There is also a practice page included in the back to doodle on. He has includes pages to practice finishing scenes and such.
I plan on keeping this in my collection for future use. I think it would be good for anyone who may be interested in the manga characters and drawing cartoon figures. It would be great for older kids to get started with drawing also.
I received this book at no charge from [...] in exchange for an honest review.
Overly large heads, simple lines, cute smiles, expressions and poses this book definitely covers all of that. The part of the book I enjoyed the most is towards the end where you see the full figure bare bones posed art with the simplest of shapes. Posing is often the hardest thing about drawing characters in manga as well as any art style. So I always find these sections of any art book the most helpful especially when they are drawn in the scale that fits the style you are going for, in this case chibi/kawaii manga.
I’d definitely recommend this for any budding young artist who is wanting to jump into drawing their own little chibi characters as it’ll give you some good groundwork to lay your own creativity upon.
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