- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 9.8.2013 edition (October 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307985504
- ISBN-13: 978-0307985507
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 100 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pop Manga: How to Draw the Coolest, Cutest Characters, Animals, Mascots, and More Paperback – October 8, 2013
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CAMILLA D'ERRICO is a product of her early addiction to Saturday morning cartoons, comics, and manga. Her client list includes Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Random House, Tokyopop, Hasbro, Disney, Sanrio, and Neil Gaiman. Her own characters and properties, Tanpopo and the Helmetgirls, are international sensations, and her emotive paintings have propelled her to the top of the ranks of the New Contemporary art movement. In 2011 she was nominated for the Joe Shuster Award and the Will Eisner Award--the two most prestigious awards in comics. D'Errico lives in Vancouver. Visit her at www.CamillaDerrico.com.
STEPHEN W. MARTIN is a screenwriter and story editor in film and comics. He lives in Vancouver.
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"Whenever I’m creating a new character, I always start with the eyes. You get all the emotion from the eyes; they are the gateway to the character’s soul. Eyes are the manga artist’s catchphrase or calling card. Next time you’re reading Naruto, Chobits, or even Vampire Knight—some of my personal favorites—take a look at the characters’ eyes and notice the differences in the style and execution. Each manga artist has a signature way of drawing eyes. My eyes are “circle eyes,” and that’s the style you’re about to learn. But I want you to take the steps I teach you and run with them, altering them to match your own style and your own characters’ personalities. Remember, it’s your signature, so have fun!"
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- To start with, the book is gorgeous. There's tons of color and great illustrations. The physical quality of the paper and the printing is excellent as well. You could almost leave it out as a coffee table book.
- Strikes a good balance between starting at the beginning and talking down to the reader. Some of the books I've found (even beginner ones) assume skills that aren't really universal. Others seem to want to start by explaining what a pencil is. This one started at the beginning but was challenging.
- There is a nice progression. The book takes you through various aspects of a finished drawing piece by piece, breaking it down in a very logical way.
- Includes some very cool topics not really approached in other books. Specifically, non humans. It's nice to see them tie some drawing basics into something a lot of other books handle as almost "mysterious."
- The drawings in this book seemed much more polished than those in some of the other books. It's hard to describe exactly what i mean, but in some of the others, the end product is more "cartoony" than I would have liked. Sort of a silly criticism to make of a book about Manga, but it's the best way I can describe the difference. A lot of other books have artwork that just seems flat.
- I say this about every single drawing book, so I don't take stars off for it, but why can't they make these coil/spiral binds? Every single person using this book is going to want to have it open while they have their hands busy with the lesson they are working on at the time, why not set it up to lie flat. Just a pet peeve, but I'm hoping someday a publisher might notice (Pro tip: you can get things coil bound at fed ex kinko's for five bucks or so, well worth the frustration you'll save).
- There was a lot of included artwork that, while gorgeous and interesting, wasn't really helpful to actually learning anything. I really enjoyed it, so I'm not taking stars off for it, but I could see someone feeling like the book wanders from the point a little.
If you are interested in learning some Manga techniques, this book is an excellent choice.
I don't know what else to say to convince an individual this is worth the price. Note: there are some incredible stand alone illustrations of her drawings that just inspire. Thanks for reading.