Anime Mania: How to Draw Characters for Japanese Animation

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There’s no doubt about it: Japanese animation is hot. Television shows, films, and videos featuring the anime style of animation are wildly popular. Japanese animation is like a comic book come to life, retaining all its power but in moving form. It has a very different style from traditional western animation, incorporating heavy shading, dramatic camera angles, and beautifully rendered special effects—especially the fantastic anime depictions of ocean waves, storms, smoke, and explosions. Easier to draw than ...

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Overview

There’s no doubt about it: Japanese animation is hot. Television shows, films, and videos featuring the anime style of animation are wildly popular. Japanese animation is like a comic book come to life, retaining all its power but in moving form. It has a very different style from traditional western animation, incorporating heavy shading, dramatic camera angles, and beautifully rendered special effects—especially the fantastic anime depictions of ocean waves, storms, smoke, and explosions. Easier to draw than its western counterpart, anime is more limited and simpler in its execution. In Japanese anime the characters move, but their movements are generally staccato, sharp, and dramatic—not free-flowing with lots of overlapping action, anticipation, and follow-through.

In Anime Mania, famous cartoonist, teacher, and best-selling author Christopher Hart demonstrates how any comic book artist can become expert in this wonderful style of animation. Step by step, he details how to draw the coolest anime characters from the widest selection of popular styles: high-tech cyberpunks who live in the world of the future; teen characters—with troubled relationships at school, home, and on the street; and mighty monsters, fantasy warriors, and giant robots. Aspiring animators will also find chapters on anime’s spectacular special effects, the role of storyboarding in anime, sketching and the art of character design, and a mini-crash course in perspective. The book concludes with interviews with Scott Frazier, an American anime director working in Japan, and Mahiro Meada, a renowned Japanese animation director.

Brimming with hundreds of spectacular examples, illustrations, and step-by-step exercises, Anime Mania details how anyone can become a real anime artist without having to reinvent the art of drawing.

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Editorial Reviews

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A perfect companion to his Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comics (Watson-Guptil, 2001), Hart's latest how-to will delight fans of Japanese animation. Although largely inspired by manga, the special considerations for creating anime warrant a separate book. It is clear that Hart is not writing for beginners but for teens wanting to try a new style. Character design and "casting" are the central topics. In his introduction, Hart states that character design is the foundation of anime work in the United States, especially as the task of animating (drawing characters in pose after pose) is rarely done there. Hart breaks down both human and fantastic forms into shapes and the angles used to connect them before adding the details that make anime unique. Rather than giving step-by-step drawing instructions, however, Hart suggests solutions to common problems and inspires imagination. Chapter titles include "Fantastic Creatures," "Mecha Madness!" and "Spectacular Special Effects." The final chapter, "Cool Stuff," will be especially popular with aspiring animators. In it, Hart describes the interior of an animation studio, discusses the advantages of going to art school, and includes interviews with an American and a Japanese director. Interested teens will love reading this book whether they enjoy drawing or not. The illustrations are colorful and dynamic. The writing is casual and brief, with a nice amount of humor. Discussing a figure displaying the costume of a royal samurai, Hart begins "You know what's really scary? This is him trying to smile." VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; SeniorHigh, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Watson-Guptil, 144p,
— Angela Carstensen
Library Journal
A successful contributor to MAD magazine, the "Blondie" cartoon strip, and various film and TV productions, Hart previously brought us Manga Mania: How To Draw Japanese Comics. In this follow-up, he demonstrates anime, the unique Japanese animation style of heavy shading, dramatic camera angles, and beautifully rendered special effects, most popularly known to U.S. audiences through series like Digimon and Sailor Moon. Based more on character than action, these anime include high-tech cyberpunks and teen characters with troubled relationships, as well as monsters, fantasy warriors, and giant robots. Hart covers storyboarding, sketching, perspective, the basics of animating, and the functioning of an animation studio. Rounding out the book are interviews with two anime directors. Highly recommended for public libraries. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823001583
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Manga Mania
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 231,750
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Hart

CHRISTOPHER HART is the world's bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books. His books have sold more than 6 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content and easy-to-follow steps, all of Hart's books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals, and they have been selected by the American Library Association for special notice.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Basic Character Construction 8
Teen Characters 28
Fantastic Creatures 44
A Crash Course in Perspective 64
Mecha Madness! 70
Spectacular Special Effects 90
Character Design 102
Cool Stuff 132
Index 144
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2005

    An excellent book for everyone who wants to draw anime/manga.

    This book is great! My big brother borrowed it from the library and i used it whenever i needed it.My drawings of anime/manga people have improved the first time i've used the book. We like the book so much we renewed it. This tells great details on how to draw anime/manga. It tells how to draw boys and girls from their pre-teen years to old age. It talk about the basic character construction and many more. I recommend for anyone who wants to draw anime/manga.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2003

    Great drawings!!

    This book was great! My friend got it from the libary, and I just had to have it! It shows you how to draw different ages, and girls and guys! Eneimes, couples, the only book for the anime lover at heart!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    Anime Mania: How to Draw Characters for Japanese Animation

    This book taught me so much and how to draw anime, the concepts and I learned over 90 different things to draw! If you're looking for a good book, check this one out straight away! Especially if you're interested in anime/manga.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    Anime Mania: How to Draw Characters for Japanese Animation

    This book is specifically a book for people that want to have the great experience of learning anime first-hand. You can learn about all the basics about how to construct the body and make it look like what you'd see on your own TV screen! Make your own Anime with this book! I recommend this to all peoples!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    awsome anime

    This book rocks. Before I got this book my drawings were horrible this book is recomended to anyone who wants to draw cool japanese animation

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Looking back, it really makes me want to get back into drawing. Anime mostly.

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    This book Is an exciting way to learn how to draw good Anime characters whoever you are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2008

    Don't Own, But Want To

    I saw this on a shelf at my local library, so I thought I'd check it out, but now I don't want to return it. It's an awesome book with a medley of all the different vorieties of Manga today.

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