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Not a good buy. It should be titled, 'How to Draw Pretty Boys' and nothing more.
on August 16, 2007
I was very excited about this book, up until I received it in the mail.
Now, to start with, 'Yaoi' is used in the wrong context. Yaoi defines any manga that revolves around, obviously, gay men that holds little plot, and is mainly about the graphic sex scenes. I was under the impression that this book would at least go into anatomy or intimate scenes, and it barely does that. You get wear muscles go, and that's about it. It's also a good reference if you need help drawing hands or feet, clothing, and shoes, but as far as Yaoi goes? There's nothing in it, save for the ONE page of drawing kisses, which only has about two or three poorly drawn sketches on the page and does little to help at all.
You do get a few pages on 'Embracing' as the chapter is called. The book defines 'embracing' as an arm over the shoulder while the boy doing the embracing is pointing at some unknown object waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over there.
Basically, all this book does is give you a stereotype of how a gay man looks and dresses, with little insight to anything more then 'here's a man's body, we don't go into any detail on anything more', 'here's what his shoes look like', 'here's some hands', and 'oh, here's how to draw an arm over the shoulder.'
If you're looking to buy this book on the basis that you think it will give you anatomical insight, information on how to draw rocking sex scenes, how to draw kisses or anything at all intimate, or male anatomy, I don't recommend this book. It should be titled, 'How to Draw Pretty Boys' and nothing more.