Kids Draw Anime

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Interest in anime and manga—the arts of Japanese animation and comics—is exploding in the US children’s market. Pokémon, Digimon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon are just a few of the anime phenomena delighting kids ages 4–12.

Kids Draw Anime, the eighth book in the popular Kids Draw series, is the first book specifically designed to teach kids 6–12 how to draw the popular anime style themselves. Focusing on shõjo- and shõnen-style anime, the book teaches the familiar “big eye” ...

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Overview

Interest in anime and manga—the arts of Japanese animation and comics—is exploding in the US children’s market. Pokémon, Digimon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon are just a few of the anime phenomena delighting kids ages 4–12.

Kids Draw Anime, the eighth book in the popular Kids Draw series, is the first book specifically designed to teach kids 6–12 how to draw the popular anime style themselves. Focusing on shõjo- and shõnen-style anime, the book teaches the familiar “big eye” look, in which characters are drawn cute and young as opposed to the angular, dramatic characters of -oriented styles.

Young artists will find a complete introduction to anime style, taught with engaging text and full-color art. Dozens of fun, hands-on lessons demonstrate how to draw heads, eyes, expressions, hairstyles, the basic body, hands and shoes, good guys and bad guys, goofy characters, fantasy characters, robots, and much more. As in all Kids Draw books, each dazzling spread is easy to follow, fun to look at, and guaranteed to charm a new generation of artists!

• Anime is a multi-billion dollar industry in the US alone

• Offers age-appropriate instruction and illustration

• Continues the wildly successful Kids Draw series

Provides step-by-step instructions for drawing a variety of human, animal, and other figures in the style of Japanese anime, covering general tips, details of specific features, and how to show action.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Kids love anime, or Japanese animation. Although it originated in Japan, it is very popular all over the world. Pokémon is an example of anime. Trademarks of this style of animation are "shiny" eyes, tiny noses and crazy expressions. You get started with the basic anime head, lots of hair and big eyes. A series of line drawings develop the character, with a 4-color image of the completed drawing. Special attention is given to the eyes, which are very large with large white areas of reflected light. Noses are small and delicate. In cartooning, emotions are larger than life, and anime is no exception. Examples of faces that express happiness, sadness, infatuation, and ambition are drawn in a number of perspectives. Using an action line helps create dynamic characters that are not static. With the basic skills of constructing a body, you are ready for simple anime characters, animals and finally, the full-blown action heroes. If you are fan of anime, sharpen your pencil and start drawing. 2002, Watson-Guptill,
— Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Hart supplies simple instructions for creating the distinctive eyes, exaggerated expressions, and dramatic poses that characterize Japanese-style cartoon figures. Intending to get budding artists off on the right foot, he shows how each body part and posture begins with basic geometric shapes and then, rather than furnish start-to-finish directions, he skips from the sketched outline to a finished, colored example. The brief captions mix practical advice, such as, "The neck isn't just plopped on the shoulders. It begins inside the body," with inspirational comments, and the book closes on a high note with pulse-elevating pictures of two large monsters and a general melee. Though this book never gets beyond the drawing of single figures, it makes a good start for serious beginners; more practiced young cartoonists looking for historical background, an extensive gallery of character types, or instruction in composition and page design will get more from Hart's Manga Mania (Watson-Guptill, 2001).-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823026906
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Kids Draw Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 598,078
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.18 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2006

    Anime lover in need of artistic help

    Let me tell you, this book was horrible. If you want to learn how to refine your style into something clearly childish and stereotypical, go ahead and buy the book. If you want to LEARN how to draw in the anime style, go far far elsewhere. This book showed only how to draw specific stereotypical anime arch-types and didn't really help at all. It's good for getting eyes, heads, and somewhat accurate proportions, but that's it. Spend your money elsewhere.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2005

    This book was pretty good.

    This book probably would be good for beginners and children interested in anime/manga.It covers eyes, expressions, hair, and bodys(nothing revealing).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    Christopher Hart, have you ever READ manga?!

    MANGA/ANIME SOOOOO DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THIS!!! Anime is the same thing as manga, just animated. I haven't looked at the actual book, but just from looking at the cover I can tell it's not going to be worth your purchase. 95% of all books you will find that are "how to draw manga" are silly American artists who think they're drawing Japanese style manga but truthfully it's just American crap that you would find on nickelodeon. Avatar the Last Airbender is the closest any American has come to Japanese style anime. If you really want a how to draw anime/ manga book, I'd recommend "Draw Your Own Manga: All the Basics". Heck, the best way to learn is to look at an actual manga book! An easy ones to draw would be Dragonball Z, Naruto, Inu-Yasha, or Yotsuba&!. (BTW I am an american if you're thinking some foreigner wrote this)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    Okay... For kids!!!

    Let me get this straight why would the awesome Chris Hart write a book for 7-12 and yet the 9-12 year olds are allready too advanced? This is for little kids who would like to draw what they saw on tv. Its good for kids 8 and under. Oh wait.. ITS TO0 COMPLICATED!!

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    Posted December 30, 2009

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