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Wouldn't it be great to be able to draw anything that came into your head, the only limit being your imagination? That ability, of course, can take years of practice, ...
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Wouldn't it be great to be able to draw anything that came into your head, the only limit being your imagination? That ability, of course, can take years of practice, but it is the hallmark of a truly great Manga artist.
Thie entertaining guide to the most popular art form on earth will help you push the boundaries of figure drawing. You'll find:
With over a thousand images and sixteen pages of full color, Draw Great Manga jumps right into tricky subjects like foreshortening, lightning, and perspective. Creative warm-ups, troubleshooting, and lessons on designing characters that take on a life of their own - Draw Great Manga gives you everything you need to make the breakthrough into professional level Manga creation.
I picked up this book years ago, I believe it was for $12, which to me really isn't a bad price for the wealth of good, useful information that's in this book. It covers speed sketching, basic anatomy, perspective, going into detail for all of the basic things manga artists including myself struggle with. All in all I LOVE the information that this book provides, it's even got a fair list of great artists and worth-seeing animes.
I HATE the art style. The "manga" work of the main artist portrayed is not appealing at all to me. There must be like a mile's space between all his character's eyes, making them all look like wall-eyed lizards. The cover image is very representative of the examples inside, they just look BAD to me. Even the cute little girl inside suffers from the mile-wide bridge, effectively eliminating her cuteness. The realistic drawings and speed-sketches in the book are SO much better. I don't mean to sound cruel, but the artist should do his readers a favor and stay away from the manga style.
Overall, if you learn by visual example, (Which is VERY important in art instruction, I believe)there are a myriad of more visually appealing (albeit much less verbally detailed) how-to-draw books out there. The book's real merits are in the writing, so don't be entirely driven off if you're as turned off by the cover image as I was. It's well worth picking up, reading through, and trying out the techniques presented.
So if it's in the store with a bargain sticker on it, give it some pity.