Drawing Manga Animals, Chibis, and Other Adorable Creatures

Drawing Manga Animals, Chibis, and Other Adorable Creatures

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by J.C. Amberlyn
     
 

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Learn the Tricks of the Trade for Drawing Irresistibly Cute Manga-Style Animals and Chibis! The world of manga is filled with strange creatures and adorable sidekicks. Just about every manga hero and heroine has an animal mascot, and all the most popular ones have a cute "chibi" form. This book teaches aspiring manga artists how to create the funny critters

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Learn the Tricks of the Trade for Drawing Irresistibly Cute Manga-Style Animals and Chibis! The world of manga is filled with strange creatures and adorable sidekicks. Just about every manga hero and heroine has an animal mascot, and all the most popular ones have a cute "chibi" form. This book teaches aspiring manga artists how to create the funny critters that populate girls' manga and the more gritty, gothic creatures found in boys' manga.  It starts with the basics of creating manga-style characters—everything from drawing heads and faces to eyes and expressions, to creating incredibly cute chibis. Part two features a valuable reference section on the mythological and real animals that have shaped Japanese artwork and stories. The final section has step-by-step demonstrations on using computer programs such as Photoshop and Corel Painter to create manga art and comics. So whether you're just starting out and want to draw a cute, simple mascot, or would like to try something more complex like an Asian dragon, or are ready to create your own otherworldly adventure, this book has something for you no matter what your skill level.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Adult/High School—Amberlyn explores traditional pen-and-ink techniques and describes how to create images with computer software. The first part of the volume is devoted to the basic elements of drawing characters, including the anatomical proportions necessary for realistic creatures and ways to manipulate proportions to devise a variety of images. How to convey expression and movement are among other topics discussed. The second section highlights various creatures important to Japanese culture and legend. Each animal, whether mythical or real, is accompanied by its Japanese and English name, and other information. Animals are often shown in more than one drawing style. Computer techniques are the subject of the final portion of the book. Detailed instructions are given for completing a manga page, beginning with the scanning process. Although specific software packages are used in the examples, basic techniques can be translated to other computer applications. This is a solid addition to manga-instruction collections.—Lara McAllister, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823095339
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
11/17/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
222,518
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Cats, like dogs, have a long and storied history in Japanese culture. Whether an ordinary house cat or a supernatural youkai spirit, cats always know how to leave an impression. The Maneki Neko (welcoming cat) is a good example of the feline's place in Japanese popular culture. Many Japanese shops display a statue of a calico cat with one paw raised in the air, which is the Japanese gesture for "Come here." This cat is believed to bring good luck to its owner. The lucky cat is usually depicted with a collar, bell, and some kind of decorative bib.

Meet the Author

J.C. AMBERLYN is an award-winning artist, animator, graphic novelist, photographer, and naturalist. She is the author of the bestselling Drawing Wildlife.

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Drawing Manga Animals, Chibis, and Other Adorable Creatures 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Spottedtail More than 1 year ago
Last December (December '09), I decided I wanted to buy a drawing book, instead of using uninformative online guides. So, I browsed around the Barnes and Noble website until I stumbled upon this book. I was pleased it had a preview, so I looked at the preview and drew a few pictures from it. I showed the pictures to all of my friends and family, and they were amazed. When I got the book, I was even more pleased, and spent a whole day drawing things from it. Most of the material inside is pretty straight forward--it even shows you how to use complex programs like Photoshop and Corel Painter. (It taught me how to use both) I've showed this book at all of my friends--it's even helped a few of them turn from decent artists to great artists.
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Thats my name
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Walks in.
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Nevermind
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She curls up next to him falling asleep. { had a long hard day exhausted going to bed, might wake up later if not be back tomorrow whenever i wake up }
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry...but I am really...REALLY tired...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read all the comments, especially Olivia's
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Manga doesnt look like that at all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think its a great book and stop cusing a forth grader
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book good? Anyone?
Nekoikoi More than 1 year ago
Sure this book teaches how to draw rather cute creatures but it's not manga! It's too American styled! Manga art is much more simple or at times cutely detailed. In this book, the artist uses lines that are too heavy, a very common style in American art. I looked through this whole book and there was only ONE small drawing that was sort of manga like. As well as the line art style being too heavy, the coloring is also very American styled; the kind of coloring you'd find in the Sunday comics from your newspaper. In every manga I've read (and I read a LOT of manga) that has had a colored page appear, it's colored often fairly realistically and very beautifully. I'd also like to bring up that along with the coloring and line art being too American, the artists overall drawings don't resemble manga animals. Once again I say, it all looks too American!!! For example, the artist drew a gijinka (human with animal features [like fox or cat]) ears and a tail. It looked like crap. I found this book very irritating. Don't buy it if you're trying for real manga style! Honestly, the best book you can buy that will teach you is an actual manga book. Mangas like Inubaka or Fruits Basket are great for animal reference!