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Manga Crash Course Fantasy: How to Draw Anime and Manga, Step by Step Paperback – October 18, 2017
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About the Author
Mina Petrovic is a manga artist and instructor from Belgrade. She is the author of IMPACT's Manga Crash Course, and is popular on YouTube and deviantArt.
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Manga Crash Course Fantasy is a drawing guide for those aspiring artists wanting a tutorial on fantasy Manga characters. With many pages dedicated to the types of material needed, tricks of the trade, and encouraging words, much of the book is taken up before drawing instruction ever starts. When the tutorial begins, however, the author pinpoints the eyes and the face, which are two areas that give Manga characters their signature look.
Following this section are ones regarding body shape, including height and positioning, hairstyles, clothing, and accessories. The author explains, in great detail, how to make Manga characters more believable but, at the same time, personalize them for more a unique look. Creatures and settings are also covered, giving fledgling artists the starting tools that they need to craft their own Manga drawings.
The biggest problem that I had with Manga Crash Course Fantasy was that the author fashioned a serious drawing book, but used cute little Manga characters to deliver the message. Adult readers may be turned off by this and younger ones might be overwhelmed by the drawing tutorials. The book almost suffers from an identity crisis, which may leave aspiring artists confused and discouraged. As a drawing book, I found Manga Crash Course Fantasy to have both high and low points. The instructions at the beginning of the book were quite helpful for first time artists, with the ending having more advanced ones. I would not recommend this book to beginners, except as inspiration for future instruction. Intermediate drawing students may find Manga Crash Course Fantasy interesting, especially if they are fans of the Manga genre.
From this point on, the book has a lot of tips and tricks, not only about the technical aspects of drawing but for designing your characters. Sometimes you have the right proportions and style, yet your characters look wishy washy, lack expression, impact and originality. If you are in that intermediate stage of "I'm not a newbie, not yet awesome" this is a good reference book for polishing your drawings. Things like: creating original outfits by fusing clothes from different eras, color combinations, dynamic facial expressions and many other little details that are not properly discussed in other manga books.
Something that caught my attention was the introduction of advanced art concepts: dynamic pose, silhouette method for character creation, color theory and composition. They are not discussed in detail, just enough that you are aware of their existence while still having fun drawing and using that knowledge to your advantage. This is specially useful for those who plan to further develop their skills. They will be familiar with these concepts and have a smoother transition to the more advanced stuff. If you enjoy creating fantasy OC's but they all end up looking too alike, this book can be of great help to help you come up with very different characters. I got my eArc from Netgalley
I love reading manga, especially fantasy manga, so when I saw this, I had to read it. Knowing how fantasy manga is drawn out just seemed so appealing to me. The process was easy to understand and while I wasn't able to replicate the style the way I'd like (yes, I tested it out, but I didn't have all the correct tools) I was satisfied with my ability to do these following the tips and tricks in the book.
The book finally arrived!