Manga For Dummies

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Overview

Are you an aspiring manga artist? This easy-to-follow guide shows you how to create your own manga characters and their world - from heroes and villains to weapons, cars, animals, and more. You get expert, step-by-step guidance in various drawing techniques, developing a story, and using motion and emotion to bring your characters to life! Discover how to: Draw different faces and body types, Understand the ...
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Overview

Are you an aspiring manga artist? This easy-to-follow guide shows you how to create your own manga characters and their world - from heroes and villains to weapons, cars, animals, and more. You get expert, step-by-step guidance in various drawing techniques, developing a story, and using motion and emotion to bring your characters to life! Discover how to: Draw different faces and body types, Understand the manga genres, Create plotlines and storyboards, Design high-tech gadgets, Show off your work, Set up your own manga studio.

About the Author:
Kensuke Okabayashi teaches art at the Educational Alliance Art School in New York City

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470080252
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/5/2007
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 697,366
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
About This Book     1
Conventions Used in This Book     2
What You're Not to Read     2
Foolish Assumptions     2
How This Book Is Organized     3
Manga 101     3
To the Drawing Board     4
Calling All Cast Members!     4
Time to Go Hi-Tech     4
An Advanced Case of Manga     4
The Part of Tens     5
Icons Used in This Book     5
Where to Go from Here     5
Manga 101     7
Welcome to Manga World     9
Tracing the Rise of Manga's Popularity     9
All Manga Is Not Created Equal: Looking At the Different Genres     10
The Key Components of Manga     12
Manga versus American Comics     12
Broader readership than American comics     13
Availability differences     14
The guts and glory. Differences in workload and credit for artists     15
"Making It" in the Manga World     16
Gearing Up and Getting Ready     17
Materials You Need to Get Started     17
Paper (genkoyoshi)     18
Drawing supplies     19
Inking materials     21
Miscellaneous items     23
Setting Up Your Studio     24
Finding a quiet place to draw     24
Using the right equipment     25
Upgrading your basic studio     25
Drawing: Starting with the Basics     29
Making Your First Moves with the Pencil     29
Exercises Using Your Ruler     31
Drawing and inking basic straight lines     32
Inking from thick to thin     34
Splattering     35
Creating Patterns     37
Trailing pattern     37
Half-tone patterns     38
Fixing Mistakes     41
Brushing it out     41
Cutting it out     43
To the Drawing Board     47
Taking It from the Top with the Head     49
Heading Out on a Manga Mission     49
Drawing the female head     50
Drawing the male head     51
The Eyes Have It!     53
Beginning with the basic eye structure     54
Seeing eye to eye     56
Drawing all shapes and sizes     57
Filling In the Features     60
Being nosy     61
Lend me your ear     64
Speak your mind: Drawing the mouth     70
Capping it off with hair     74
The Emotions Tell All     77
Neutral face     78
Serious face     78
Mad face     80
Psycho mad     80
Sad face     81
Even sadder face     82
Total devastation     83
Surprise or shock     84
Happy face     85
Super happy face     85
Nice Bod: Manga Body Basics     87
How Many Heads? Setting Up Your Character's Proportions     87
Drawing a Wire Frame     90
Getting in Shape with Geometry     94
Defining the head     95
Taking on the torso     96
Can you stomach this?     98
It's all in the hips     98
Forging the arms     98
On to the legs     101
All hands on deck     102
Getting off on the right feet     108
Merging the shapes to the wire figure     111
Beefing up with muscles and rhythm     113
Adding a woman's touch with curves     119
Growing Pains     121
Customize and Accessorize Your Manga Character     123
Know When to Fold 'Em: Drawing Fabric Folds     123
The art of the pinch, pull, and tuck: Exploring drapery folds     124
Is that leather, silk, or what?     127
Shadows revisited     128
Dressing Up for the Occasion     130
Starting from the top     131
Do these jeans make my butt look big?     139
Equipped to Make a Positive Impression     145
Hair and head accessories     145
What else can we add or carry?     152
Calling All Cast Members!     155
The Main Protagonists     157
Drawing Male Lead Characters     157
The androgynous student     157
The varsity team captain     161
Army Special Forces rookie     164
Drawing Female Lead Characters     168
The daydreamer     168
Martial arts warrior     171
Hi-tech girl     175
Those Loveable Sidekicks     179
Drawing Male Sidekick Characters     179
Hustle with Mr. Muscle     180
The loyal little brother     183
The intellectual veteran     186
Drawing Female Sidekick Characters      190
The spoiled brat     190
The nurturing and caring soul     193
The Dreaded Villains     197
The Handsome yet Icy-Cold Villain     197
The Awesome Warrior     201
The Military Vixen     205
The Evil Sorceress     208
Elder Figures     213
Enter the Grandmasters     213
The thin grandmaster     214
The huge grandmaster     218
The Wizards     221
Damsels in Distress     227
The "Little Sister" Princess     227
The Innocent Schoolgirl     232
The Loyal, Selfless Damsel     237
Girl Power! Shojo Manga     243
Drawing Classic Shojo Manga Faces and Hair     243
Blondes and brunettes are cool     244
Female and male shojo faces     244
Traditional shojo hair     249
Today's shojo hairstyles     250
Drawing the Rest of the Body     254
Dressing up the shojo female     254
Dressing up the shojo male     258
Art Nouveau Backgrounds in Shojo Manga     263
Time to Go Hi-Tech     267
Designing Mechas     269
Creating Simple and Cute Mechas     269
Drawing a single-shape body     270
Mixing it up with a multishaped body     272
Drawing Pilot-Operated Mechas     275
It's all about the shapes     275
Enter the lightweights     277
Here come the heavyweights     283
Gadgets and Weapons     291
Small Gadgets     291
Communicators     291
Remote devices     294
Battle Arms     296
Swords     296
Guns     297
Taking Off: Vehicles and Airplanes     305
Cars     305
Drawing different angles using basic shapes     306
Drawing standard cars (a.k.a. "grocery getters")     309
Drawing faster, sleeker cars     311
Planes     312
Drawing the jumbo jet     312
Drawing the F-18 fighter jet     320
An Advanced Case of Manga     327
Putting Manga into Perspective     329
Creating Buildings and Backgrounds with Basic Perspective     329
Drawing one-point perspective     330
Trying two-point perspective     333
Shaping up for three-point perspective     335
Adding People to the Environment     339
One-point perspective characters     339
Two-point perspective characters     341
Three-point perspective characters     342
Using Perspective and Camera Angle to Tell the Story     344
Creating strong establishing shots     344
Establishing the strong versus the weak     345
Using Speed Lines to Create Motion and Emotion     347
Getting Your Character Moving     348
Making your character move fast     348
Creating the illusion of moving along with the character     349
Making objects and characters come toward readers     351
Slowing down your character     353
Zooming Around for Emotion     354
Striking fear into your character     355
Shocking your character     356
Thumbnails and Scenery     359
Creating Effective Thumbnails     359
Why bother with a thumbnail?     359
Practicing thumbnails     360
Transferring the thumbnails to final paper     361
Sketching Scenic Backgrounds     362
Cityscapes     362
Heading to the country: Trees, bushes, and pastures     364
Rocks and bodies of water      373
Writing a Good Story     379
Deciding Who Your Audience Is     379
Establishing a Synopsis and Plot Creating a synopsis     380
Constructing your plot     381
Seeking Inspiration     387
The Part of Tens     389
Ten (or so) Manga Artists     391
(Nearly) Ten Places to Strut your Stuff     397
Index     403
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    So Very Helpful

    The book is an excellent reference for beginners or intermediate artists that wish to learn how to draw human characters similar to the ones seen in most of the manga and anime of today. Also, if you have a problem with drawing a certain part of the human body (i.e. the eye or the hand), then this book will help you think about that part in very simplified ways.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Hm..

    I guess it was a good book, but my brother got it and i thought the drawing style was more western than most actual manga. Id say that if you wanted to draw a more realistic, cartoonish drawing, then this is the right book. But i wouldnt actually call it manga, so if you want manga, i dont reccommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Hi my name is Jkgreexb

    Ha ha ha got you. I luv manga!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Wow+amazing...

    Excellent+for+beginners+and+pros...+you%27re+basically+taugth+all+the+basic+of+manga.+From+drawing+people%2C+to+cars%2C+backrounds+more...%0A%0AEven+gives+you+tips+of+how+to+create+your+manga+studio+and+what+tools+you+need+and+can+have....%0A%0AThe+only+thing+I+have+against+this+book+is+that+the+body+porportion+of+the+people+are+more+americain+comic+rather+than+manga...%0A%28look+at+the+cover...%29+but+strangely+the+author+draw+manga+face+with+the+americain+comic+body+porportins...

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Sample....

    It doesn't show any pictures of manga or give steps! Plus...the manga in this book doesn't look like true real manga. I BET THE BOOK IS BETTER.

    - cupcake6433

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    How good?

    How good is the sample.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2011

    What?

    What in the world did that person write?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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