Shojo Fashion Manga Art School: How to Draw Cool Looks and Characters

Shojo Fashion Manga Art School: How to Draw Cool Looks and Characters

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by Irene Flores
     
 

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The Number One Fashion Workshop for Shojo Manga!

From 'dos to shoes, how you dress and style your characters says a lot about who they are, before they even utter a word. Whether your story calls for a flashy drama queen or a mousy bookworm, this guide contains everything you need to know to create fabulous shojo manga characters with

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The Number One Fashion Workshop for Shojo Manga!

From 'dos to shoes, how you dress and style your characters says a lot about who they are, before they even utter a word. Whether your story calls for a flashy drama queen or a mousy bookworm, this guide contains everything you need to know to create fabulous shojo manga characters with personality.

  • The Figure. Follow these simple basics to draw the guys and girls of various body types, in any pose.
  • The Face. Learn how to draw an endless variety of features. Get the feeling across with facial expressions from a subtle quirk of the mouth to all-out crocodile tears. Then add the perfect hairstyle—the icing on the cake.
  • The Look. "Shop" from an illustrated gallery of clothing and accessories for every season and occasion, from formal dresses to bunny slippers, with demonstrations and tips on designing your own original fashions.
  • The Setting. Portray your character's world with demonstrations on how to create classic hangouts like classrooms, coffee shops and bedrooms.

Complete with 14 start-to-finish demonstrations for drawing a range of character types, from the girl next door to the punk guy, from single characters to couples and groups, this book will help you bring a world of unique and memorable characters to life...and have lots of fun doing it!

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"Good for any age group as it's not text heavy, [and is] well written. I must say that this book is one of the nicer drawn and laid out Western How to Draw Manga books out there. Pick it up if you're into this subject and need a decent drawing book. It's one book I doubt will ever become out of print." --Manga Tutorials

"This guide contains everything you need to know to create fabulous shojo manga characters with personality." --Arts Book Mix

School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—Flores explains how to create characters with a manga flair. Through black-and-white and color artwork, she provides the basics of figure drawing, specifically teenaged characters. Step-by-step instruction includes heads, facial features, and bodies. Posing and settings are briefly covered. The illustrations incorporate blue pencils for the initial sketches, then finishing with detailed pencils and inks. The premise is that an understanding of human anatomy is key to good character design, and essential for drawing attire. Half of the book is devoted to drawing garments, starting with folds, then pieces of clothing. The underlying body, sketched in blue or red, shows how it affects the shape of what the person is wearing. Characters sport trendy, but not otherworldly, outfits. Absent are the magical girls and costumed ninjas. The author's approach is that with a few variations on the standard figure, you can make your character design "mangalike." Chris Hart'sManga Mania Romance: Drawing Shojo Girls and Bishie Boys (Sixth & Spring, 2008) and Colleen Doran's Girl to Grrrl Manga: How to Draw the Hottest Shoujo Manga (Impact, 2007) provide wider and deeper coverage of art techniques, special effects, and other conventions distinctive to Japanese manga.—June Shimonishi, Torrance Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440317149
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
10/23/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
520,935
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author

Irene Flores is the author of IMPACT's bestselling Shojo Fashion Manga Art School, as well as co-creator of Tokyopop's trilogy Mark of the Succubus, Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 with writer Ashly Raiti. Her deviantART website has had more than 137,072 pageviews and her work has been reviewed in Ain't it Cool News, Manga Life, IGN.com, Tokyopop, and Newsarama among others. Flores organized and co-wrote both of her IMPACT books with writer Krisanne McSpadden. Visit Irene at BeanClamChowder.com

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