Draw Your Own Manga: All the Basics

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Ever wanted to draw manga but didn't know where to start?

Ever felt there's something not quite right with your drawing but not sure what?

Draw Your Own Manga: All The Basics is the book for you! The textbook of choice at Tokyo Animation College--the leading school for mango artists in Japan, it covers all the basic information you need to get started on drawing manga with clear and easy-to-understand ...

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Overview

Ever wanted to draw manga but didn't know where to start?

Ever felt there's something not quite right with your drawing but not sure what?

Draw Your Own Manga: All The Basics is the book for you! The textbook of choice at Tokyo Animation College--the leading school for mango artists in Japan, it covers all the basic information you need to get started on drawing manga with clear and easy-to-understand instructions.

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Editorial Reviews

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"... Just the right pick for anyone who secretly draws Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! characters on notepads in office meetings ... This easy-to-use guide discusses all the important ingredients of the wide-eyed manga universe." -Animation Magazine

"Avid fans of manga and aspiring artists will love taking a peek behind the scenes and learning to create their own manga artwork from this book." -VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

"What makes this book stand out from the numerous other manga and anime how-to books are the great interviews with professionals ... highly recommended." -Hawaii Herald

"Ever wanted to draw manga but didn't know where to start? Do you feel there's something not quite right with your drawing but not sure what? [This book] is the book for you" -Japan Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784770029515
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Draw Your Own Manga Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 673,698
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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"Improve your technique as you learn from everyday experience!" by Takao Yaguchi

One radiant character in the Japanese manga hail of fame is Sanpei Mihira, a brilliant young fisherman (about eleven years old) in a trade-mark straw hat who wrestles with monstrous fish and challenges adult master fisherman. The unique "Tsuri Kichi Sanpei" ("Fishing-Mad Sanpei") has been a highly popular work for over thirty years. It's a magnificent drama, appealing even to readers who aren't at all interested in fishing.

At the age of thirty Sanpei's creator, Takao Yaguchi, gave up his secure job at a bank and launched himself into the world of professional manga. Before long he had established the new genre of "Fishing Manga."

THE PATH OF A MANGA ARTIST

In order to discover more about the charm of Yagu-chi's work, I asked about his early influences. He told me that by the age of four, he had already been enchanted by the colossal scale of "Monkey: Jour-ney to the West" (a classic of Chinese literature). A precocious child, he was engrossed in copying the pictures in his illustrated copy.

I remember during the war paper was hard to come by, so I used to draw on the blank pages in between chapters in novels. Pencils were really poor quality--you had to lick the lead to get it to draw dark lines. I also used to paint graffiti of steel-helmeted soldiers on the paper shoji screens with a brush and ink.

I've heard that when you were in the top grade of elementary school, you dreamt of becoming a man-ga artist like Osamu Tezuka.

In the spring break before entering the fourth grade in April, I came across Osamu Tezuka's manga "Ryusenkei Jiken" ("The Streamlining Incident") and was stunned. It was about a car race, a competition between two automobile companies, one owned by rabbits, the other by wicked wolves. The cun-ning manager of the wolves' company tried to stop production at the rabbits' company by doing things like plying the workers with alcohol and food, and then encouraging them to go on strike.

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Table of Contents

Interviews 6
Takao Yaguchi 6
Toru Fujisawa 14
Draw Your Own Managa: All The Basics 19
Your Essential Manga Kit 24
Making Manga: The Essential Steps 28
Lesson 1 Materials 33
Manga Manuscript Paper 34
Pencils 38
Pen Nibs and Holders 40
Ink 43
Technical Pens 47
White Ink and Correction Fluid 51
Rulers 56
Cutters 57
Erasers 58
Screen Tone Tools 59
Tips from a Pro: Ruling Pens 60
Lesson 2 Drawing Characters 61
Bodies 62
Faces 68
Eyes 71
Hair 74
Tips from a Pro: Add Shading! 78
Lesson 3 Special Effects 81
Hand-Drawn Effects 82
Dots 83
Mesh 84
Converging Lines 87
Speed Lines 89
Flashes 90
Screen Tone 94
The Basics 94
Effects 98
Tips from a Pro: Some More Effects 102
Lesson 4 Background 105
What Is Perspective? 107
One-Point and Two-Point Perspective 111
Can I Use My Own Photos as Background? 118
Characters Are Part of the Background! 122
Tips from a Pro: Three-Point Perspective 126
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    BEST HOW TO DRAW MANGA BOOK

    This book will teach you all the techniques and things you need to know solid and quick. It also tells you how to use your materials as well. This book gave me best results.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2005

    Excellent Book!

    My big bro, who's in 8th, borrowed this book form the library and he had let me borrow it whenever i need it. Every time i use, i enjoy using it and reading it. It has awsome explantations on how to draw magna. Great 4 begginers and pros. I recommed it 4 begginers and 4 pros.My little bro., who's in 5th grade, and I like the stuffed squirrel. He's cute!It's great and it's funny!

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