Manga for the Beginner: Everything You Need to Start Drawing Right Away!

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Got manga? Christopher Hart’s got manga, and he wants to share it with all his millions of readers—especially the beginners. With Manga for the Beginner, anyone who can hold a pencil can start drawing great manga characters right away. Using his signature step-by-step style, Hart shows how to draw the basic manga head and body, eyes, bodies, fashion, and more. Then he goes way beyond most beginner titles, exploring dynamic action poses, special effects, light and shading, perspective, popular manga types such as ...

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Overview

Got manga? Christopher Hart’s got manga, and he wants to share it with all his millions of readers—especially the beginners. With Manga for the Beginner, anyone who can hold a pencil can start drawing great manga characters right away. Using his signature step-by-step style, Hart shows how to draw the basic manga head and body, eyes, bodies, fashion, and more. Then he goes way beyond most beginner titles, exploring dynamic action poses, special effects, light and shading, perspective, popular manga types such as animals, anthros, and shoujo and shounen characters. By the end of this big book, the new artist is ready to draw dramatic story sequences full of movement and life.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Victoria Vogel
Hart's latest drawing book is an excellent introductory manual for the beginning and intermediate manga artist. This slim volume contains detailed and easy-to-follow instructions for drawing types of sh÷jo manga (aimed at girls) and sh÷nen manga (aimed at boys). The reader will learn how to draw all aspects of typical fare-manga characters of different ages and sizes, as well as animals, supernatural creatures, and monsters. Also covered are poses, facial expressions, and common characters such as martial arts fighters, cyberpunks, and the fantasy fighter. What makes this manual most interesting, however, is the insight Hart provides into how artists are able to achieve certain common visual effects that add to manga story lines. He describes in concise language and through clear illustrations how to use lettering, lighting effects, and other techniques to achieve a certain mood to advance a plot. He also describes sequential paneling, drawing landscapes, and achieving point perspective for the more interested beginner. This manual stands out from others in its attractiveness and comprehensiveness. Anyone even slightly interested in drawing manga will find it appealing. Reviewer: Victoria Vogel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823030835
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 111,557
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (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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Ever wonder what makes a professional artist's action poses look so cool? Well, you're about to find out. You're going to see that certain principles are used over and over again to make poses more dramatic. They are: (1) having the figures lean into the pose, (2) using speed lines and forced perspective, (3) creating emphatic facial expressions, (4) indicating secondary actions, and (5) adding background motion. 

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    GOOD FOR YOUNGER ARTISTS

    I felt comfortable buying this book for my 13-year old daughter. Some of the Manga instructional books were a little too advanced and included illustrations that were a little too suggestive. This one seemed just right, and she was producing beautiful drawings the first day. Very clear instructions.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

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    Easy to Pick Up On

    I'm not one for How to Draw Manga Books because they never really helped except to show me things I /can/ draw and the art would usually be very untraditional. I loved this book though, it helped me draw my own manga much better and shows all aspects of how to make scenes and different characters. It's great for the beginner or anyone that wants to learn a little more or how to make their own art better. I definitely recommend it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    Helpful for New Artists

    I'm new to the art of drawing manga--and this book was a huge help. The pictures are very well done, and the skill level is set to the perfect level. Artists of all artists would enjoy this book, it's easy to use, informative and well done. I go through it pretty much every night.

    Definitely worth the money I payed for it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Good

    I am a semi-experienced mangaka (manga artist- I actually thought I invented the style until I fiscovered there was a name and a world behind my drawings). I do not own this book personally, but my friend does, and I had to read it! Being an experienced artist, I found it very helpful, but uf you are a beginner, I can recommend Christopher Hart's other (cheaper ;D) book, Young Artists Draw Manga. I think that might be more helpful for you beginners. (Here's a tip-don't buy this expensive book unless you

    A. Can draw eyes and hair
    B. Can draw a rudimentary hand and foot
    C. Can draw mechas and anthros

    Otherwise, you might be overwhelmed!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

    Good Book .. somewhat

    I like this book. It has good pictures and style but as far as explaining how to draw things, it does not go into enough detail. I wish the author had included more ways to draw eyes, faces, and hair. There isn't a lot of that.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    Not what I thought it would be

    Its a pretty good book but not for beginners, I'm good at drawing heads but not bodies and I thought this would be a good book for that but it dosent break it down step by step it just shows you pictures of how it looks and gives you little tips/pointers. This book is better for someone who already has the basic technique of drawing heads and bodies down. It was rather disappointing because I thought it would be for complete beginners.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Plz help me i am a super beginner

    I wan to learn oto draw manga but i hve the nook glowlight so i can only read. I dont yet hv any books tht have pix an i was wondering if this one has pix. Thx respond to NerdyGal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Great book for young people!

    Great format, with lots of large clear pix and less text, great for young people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    This is a really good book

    Before i got the book i could only draw stick figures and now i can draw really simple faces and to all the people saying that it's not worth the money it is too it was what $15 now think of how much money it costs to get like 20 different how to draw manga books that don't make any sence then 20 more after you get the basics because after this book gets past the basicsthere is charcter sugestions and it explaines perspictive and does a ton of other awesome things so thonk to your self $15 for a book that explaines everything or $200 (if each book was $5) for 40 differnt books that arn't any fun and dont make any sense

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    Simplifies even the most seemingly complicated and complex drawi

    Simplifies even the most seemingly complicated and complex drawings and delves further into uses effects, shading, perspective, etc.--a must-have for anyone who wants to learn to draw manga.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    dont pass this book up!! its really great!

    To me this book was very informative. It has great illustrations and techniques that i had never seen before! it shows you how to draw cute animals as well as people, and creepy monsters too. It has examples of how to draw emotional faces as well as guy and girl eyes. This book even has basic lessons on perspective that you cant pass up! I would highly recommend this book to any aspiring manga artist!

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

    Awsome, and really helpful!

    I have always wanted to draw Manga and this book gave really detailed descriptons on how to do each thing, Hart has all the key compoenets to get you drawing not reading through page after page of text. Two thumbs up!

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Partly Useful

    I bought this book a few months after I started drawing and it had a lot of useful information, but only on the first 50 pages. The first 50 pages were very helpful and informative, it covered heads and bodies as well as the dreaded hands. After that it jumps to intermediate-advanced level drawings and only shows you the basic outline which doesn't help at all in a book targeted for beginners. For 50 pages of useful information I don't think this is worth the price.

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