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Manga: The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Digital Painting Techniques (ImagineFX) Paperback – September 6, 2011
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This is not a starter guide to drawing manga so it's not really for beginners. You'll need basic knowledge on manga drawing, figure drawing essentially, if you want to get most out of the book.
The book covers, as the title suggest, digital painting techniques that are used for creating manga. You need to be able to draw first so that you have something to scan in before you can apply the techniques taught, stuff like adding colours and textures.
The first two tutorials feature quick tips to help make your drawings more manga-like. They are presented in a series of points, that you can sort of use as a checklist of ideas to think about when you're drawing.
The other tutorials are workshops that present a step-by-step look at how the artists create their illustrations. The software used are Photoshop and Painter. Again, you should have some basic knowledge of those two software. That way, you can follow along what they are saying. The commentary is clear and also covers the artistic parts like using colours schemes, creating shadows, or creating some special effects like depth of field blur, glowing effects etc.
It's an informative book where artists freely share their digital tricks and tips. The insight will probably come from discovering what you can do digitally.
Recommended to artists who are just past the beginner stage trying to pick up new digital drawing skills.
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I expected more...i found it to be very light on digital painting techniques, no real in-depth instructions on how to master any of the few techniques, just light overviews.
The cover illustration of this book is very beautiful, it's unfortunate that there is no step by step instructions on how the very talented artist Stanley Lau created such an awe-inspiring masterpiece, the same goes for the other beautiful illustrations in the gallery section of the book, beautiful to look at, but no instructions on how to achieve it.
If you're going to call your book the "Ultimate Guide to Mastering Digital Painting Techniques" you should have better guides and more digital painting techniques than whats presented here, nothing Ultimate about any of it.
In conclusion; I feel that this book has some good pointers but in reality I feel that the book is not necessary to have, there are a lot of books or videos out there with ACTUAL guides on using your preferred software of choice for digital art.
The artwork and pictures are amazing even if you dont personally like manga-anime style.
For me it was a bit useless actually, but might come in handy later on.
1, It clearly assumes, you know a bit of digital painting, and know how to draw atleast a decent line art.
2, It does NOT detail how and what you should exacly do, but instead it describes
how other (professional) artists do the process.
3, It assumes you are using Photoshop or Painter.
4, It does not detail manga and anime, but it does perfecly describe what is the differance, and
what should you keep in mind to get the desired Manga ish feeling.
Considering, it was not for me, i still found a LOT of usefull things, and gained a lot of insight abaut the process i should know later on.
So dont know how to digitally paint, or to draw, and want to learn form this...dont buy it. If you do know how to digitally paint, and draw, why would you buy it?
So the whole product got me confused a bit, why does it even exist? In the end i assume it offers some decent tips to people who alredy nkow atleast something, and guides them to the path they should take.
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I'm already read all the book, I like it a lot.
Beautiful ilustrated and so much useful information, the subject goes from basic to intermediate. Read more
this was a great find... it really is a complete book with lots of examples on how to digitally paint or color in manga illustrations. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Willie jimenez
My daughter loves drawing anime characters, and she is very good at it! I bought this as a gift to go with a drawing tablet for the computer that I got her, and when I got it, the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by xenoman101
I believe I bought this one by mistake. Lovely images. But so much alike and sort of boring.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
it's good for inspiration. But you can find a lot of the information online for free. The artists are all very skilled but I personally felt they could have found some stronger... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rei
It tells you who certain artist are. It's a who's who of really good digital artist. I was only a little disappointed because I thought it would be more educational and feature... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christopher Maurice Haskins
Wasn't really as helpful as I hoped in ideas for new techniques, seemed to mostly be examples from the artists gathered.Published 14 months ago by M. Evans
There are more "oooo look at me" type artistry in this book than actual technique practice and explanation... but, if you're an enthusiast, I'd still pick it up.Published 15 months ago by Rafe