Manga Mania Shoujo: How to Draw the Charming and Romantic Characters of Japanese Comics

Manga Mania Shoujo: How to Draw the Charming and Romantic Characters of Japanese Comics

by Christopher Hart
     
 

Shoujo manga is one of the most popular styles of Japanese animation, featuring the most recognizable characters in manga-seen everywhere in comics, books, toys, television, film, and video. Since shoujo is based on stories that focus on peer pressure, romance, and friendship, it initially appealed to young females, but today more and more boys are attracted to

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Shoujo manga is one of the most popular styles of Japanese animation, featuring the most recognizable characters in manga-seen everywhere in comics, books, toys, television, film, and video. Since shoujo is based on stories that focus on peer pressure, romance, and friendship, it initially appealed to young females, but today more and more boys are attracted to this genre, which inevitably includes young male heroes.

Best-selling author Christopher Hart once again reveals the secrets and techniques that go into building all the basics of the shoujo style-the big eyes, the miniscule noses, and the cute or angst-ridden expressions. Teen body language is explored. In addition, artists learn to draw teen clothing styles and also different character types, from school kids and cuddly creatures and cute pets to heartthrobs.

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Children's Literature
Every age has its aesthetic, and apparently Japanese comic characters are part of this age's. Whereas previous generations of youthful aspiring artists may have been inspired by the illustrations of N. C. Wyeth, Randolph Caldecott, or even Walt Disney, contemporary youngsters apparently want to imitate the work of manga artists. Shujo is a popular, romantic subgenre of manga art. Highly stylized and extremely formulaic in design, it features heroes and heroines with enormous wet eyes, tiny pointed chins and elaborate, imaginative hairstyles. Author/artist Christopher Hart shows devotees how to render these characters in great detail, with special attention paid to appropriate body-types, poses and costumes to match typical storylines. Whether or not one admires the end results, this book is thoroughly researched, carefully written and well-illustrated by Hart and other manga artists. This new volume, with intelligent advice and plentiful examples to follow, would undoubtedly be a welcome addition to a youthful cartoonist-to-be's library. 2004, Star Fire/Watson-Guptill Publications, Ages 10 up.
—Michele Tremaine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823029730
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Manga Mania Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,418,548
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 10.97(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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