- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Graphic-Sha; English Ed edition (December 30, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4766112571
- ISBN-13: 978-4766112573
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Draw Manga: Costume Encyclopedia, Vol 1, Everyday Fashion Paperback – December 30, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
I can't recommend this first volume of the "Costume Encylopedia" (Everyday Clothing) highly enough. There are more than a dozen different styles each of sleeves, skirts, coats, footwear, and other items of clothing, that are catalogued, diagrammed, and described for easy reference.
Don't know the difference between a tiered skirt and a sarong (you can raise your hand if you don't)? They're both in the book. The book is prefaced with several drawings of costumes created from the various styles featured in the encyclopedia. And for those of you interested in how clothes are constructed, the back of the book explains how basic articles of clothing are pattered and assembled.
This is not only perfect for creating costumes for your manga characters, but also for interpreting outfits featured in fashion magazines, history books, and on film and TV (be sure to observe what folks are wearing on the street,too). Students in fashion design courses also use guides similar to this one, but those texts are easily 2 to 3 times more expensive than the Encyclopedia (If you can afford it, I highly recommend "Fashion Sketchbook" by Bina Abling).Read more ›
This book is divided as follows:
1. How to Make the Most of This Book: (introduction)
About eight pages long, this preface has about eleven different girls wearing different costumes devised through use of this book. They are really cute and have neat poses, and there are arrows pointing to all parts of their apparel telling you what type of sleeve or dress it is, and on what page it can be found. There are some tips and information on making your own creations. (I really love this part!)
2. Chapter One: Shirts, vests, skirts, pants & jeans, dresses, jackets, coats, capes & cloaks.
This is, as you can guess, the longest chapter in the book. It covers all aspects of pretty much anything you could ever put on your body. Everything is for women, however, but many styles and clothes are genderless so it can work both ways.Read more ›
As a previous reviewer started, a men's addition would be very nice. Instead we get a simple, half-page how-to on making a female form look more male. There is one page on men's undergarments, but that's the brunt of it. Otherwise, just use your common sence; a man is not going to want to wear a Medici collared, puffy sleaved shirt unless he's auditioning for Bishonen of the Year.
Still the lack of male content dose nothing to curb my enthusiasm for this book. It's a great buy for anyone studying art and fashion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I initially gave this book only 1 star. At first glance I was really disappointed with it. However, since I have started to refer to it more I have found it more useful than I... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tag Jones
This book is not new, it was probably used once or more, the cover is a little torn off. But it is in good conditions tho.Published 11 months ago by Vanessa Jimenez Granados
This book is thick - over 200 pages of large-format content, each one CRAMMED full of details on all aspects of clothings. There are dresses of all styles. Jackets. Cloaks. Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by Lisa Shea
do not spend more than 20.00 dollars the book is not worth more than that can find better examples on the net.Published on December 13, 2013 by flip/flop
It was probably used once or twice it looks like, just some creasing at the head of the spine and some weird sticky substance on the spine, like tape or something was ripped off... Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Babydoll
This book literally has the most detailed and diverse selection of clothing styles, types, and options that I have ever seen. Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by Arie N.B.
Firstly, buy this book when its under $40. The prices on here for this book are atrocious. I ended up buying it used for $27. Read morePublished on March 2, 2010 by A. Brooks