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How to Draw Manga: Costume Encyclopedia, Vol 1, Everyday Fashion
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How to Draw Manga: Costume Encyclopedia, Vol 1, Everyday Fashion [Paperback]

Hikaru Hayashi , Kimiko Morimoto
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Book Description

December 30, 2003
"I understand the design, but I can't figure out the actually how to portray my character in the costume." Many have likely experienced this dilemma when trying to develop a character's costume and reached for a book on fashion as a reference. In this volume, manga characters appear as models, and the book illustrates aspects that serve as fashion points showing the characters in various poses and angles. This volume boasts more than 4,000 images. With this as reference, the reader should be able to design an original costume with ease by combining the collars, sleeves, cuffs, and other dress details provided.

Product Details

  • 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: #777,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Just about every "how-to" book on drawing manga (and also "mainstream" comics) advises aspiring artists to gather reference material from "real-life" in order to draw realistic buildings, animals, trees, and so on. But when it comes to researching costumes and fashions for designing characters, the artists is confronted not only with the potentially confusing details of a particular item of clothing, but also the countless changes in fashion that have developed over history. And just how do you correctly draw that leg-of-mutton sleeve for your heroine's wedding dress?
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).
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extensive and impresive guide!! =^-^= February 7, 2005
By Jasmine
If you are wondering why this book costs nearly twice as much as the other HTDM books in the series, the answer is: it's twice as long. Instead of the standard 120-odd pages, this one has 238 pages. And it's worth every penny. Every page is packed with pictures of all sorts of clothing, there is no nudity except for one page explaining body types and how they affect clothing (and it's only a line-drawing; you can draw underwear on them if worst comes to worst). The supposed section on how to draw men in women's clothing-which almost dissuaded me from buying the book-turns out to be an insignificant section at the end of a page, telling you that men are leaner in the hips than in the shoulders and that they aren't curvaceous. Boy. You could have fooled me.

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.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best refence yet! April 27, 2005
This is one book I ever wondered what I did without. It takes a complex idea, such as drawing clothing, and makes it simple, easy and clean. The book is a treasure chest of examples and ideas that can help you define and polish your outfits. Often I flip through random pages and point, and whatever my finger falls on I design an outfit from, using other elements from the book.

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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars VARIETY! August 26, 2004
The only reason I'm giving this book 3 stars and not 4, is because the way this book was organized, was a little confusing. It's always hard for me to find a certain peice of clothing in it. I had to flip through the WHOLE book just to find a pair of friggin' pants. Other than than that. This book was very helpful to me. it has lot's of good ideas, but sadly, nothing as creative as the characters on the cover. TRUE, I usually find myself guiltily judging a book by it's cover *Slap self in face* I can't help myself! You'de think I'd have learned by now! But I would definetly reccomend this book to people who KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING! But as the title of this revew says: VARIETY!
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Published on May 20, 2012 by Arie N.B.
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I bought this for my daughter. I got 5 hugs ! She says that it has really helped her with her drawings and is well worth the money ! Read more
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