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

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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 ...
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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600611803
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 11/20/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 166,366
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    I really like this book it talks about the differences between t

    I really like this book it talks about the differences between the male and female body, it gives a nice overview of hands, feet, hair, body types but the main focus of this book is fashion and style of the characters in manga anyway it's a good book and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the Shojo Manga style of art.

    P.S. I hope this was helpful;)

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

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    This book is awesome. Im in the middle of reading it you should get it to.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    THIS NOT A HOW TO DRAW BOOK it is a REFERENCE meaning the book i

    THIS NOT A HOW TO DRAW BOOK it is a REFERENCE meaning the book isn't all about step by step instructions on how to draw Shojo, it's mainly about ideas, inspiration, and style. Just wanna let all of you know who are considering to buy it.. I love Irene Flores~

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Step-by-Step Guidance WITHOUT Dumbing it Down for the Reader

    With beautiful art examples and step-by-step guides that span every detail that comes to mind--from full profiles to the smallest accessories, Ms. Flores's book succeeds in teaching, helping and inspiring artists interested in manga-style art.

    I wonder if she will consider doing one for chibi or super-deformed characters? That would be most interesting.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    YES!

    I love this book i am so into animie and i think this has really improved my animie drawing skills. It has many overveiws on stuff like hands and hair and stuff, but its mostly my favorite, wait for it..............


    FASION!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Really cool!

    I got the normal version of it and it has helped me.A LOT! I bring this book to school and my friends and i would get in a circle and draw. This book is so cool and i have had TONS of fun with it! -•.•-

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

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    Love It!!!

    I always love seeing Anime and reading manga. I will try drawing them is fun. With this book I have the basic layout to how to draw them, plus with the different style of clothing is more fun.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Totally awesome!!

    This book is EXCEPTIONAL!! I've had it for a while now and I know I've bought a book worth looking over and over again! Time passes by the hour when I look in to this book, it explains EVERYTHING to do with drawing most shojo and perfecting the manga-styled character. Modern styles are illustrated throughout the pages which adds a nice touch. The illustrations show the artists sketch-lines so that the reader is able to see the "blueprint" for some of the characters. My favorite part of the book is-well, it is actually hard to decide- there's a wide variety of different techniques taught.It ranges from drawing eyes to hands, to poses and clothing, to accessories and expressions-the combinations in the book are endless. I've greatly improved with the guidance of this easy-to-follow book. I recommend this book to ANYONE who wants to up their skills in drawing shojo, or just Manga in general. The clothing section of the book gives TONS of tips and pointers to help beginners catch on. In conclusion, if you're interested in anime/fashion/manga/shojo etc. this book will be your best friend!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    I love this

    I love this book! You must get it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Manga

    I love jaoanuze stuff and i didebt get the book yet though i would like to see a maga book on how to draw heads or sonething

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    CAN OWNER PLZ REPLY

    I am new to the world of manga. Is this book worth it? It sounds awesome, but is it worth my allowance? ;) Please reply asap, as i want to start this new hobby
    -a
    P.s. does it explain how to draw magna characters?

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Great

    This book was great

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    ;+

    It was enjoyable i enjoy her detail

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Hi

    Hi love love love love this soooooooooo much couldn't ask for anything better : )

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    Please?

    Lend me it it sounds awsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2015

    To manga

    Type mark crilley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2014

    I have this one!

    At my dads house. I eat babies.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    To (/TnT)/

    If u get the sample, it's f*ckin crappy. But if you get the real deal, it is not half bad
    --crystal coldstone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Haha redux

    Not to mention your great love of

    FASION!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Look frikin AWESOME but.....

    Can anyone tell me if this book is worth it? It sounds reeeeally cool.... but does it tell you how to draw manga bodies in the first plc? Or how to draw anything at all? PLZZZZZ CLARIFY FOR MEEEEE!!!!! REPLY TO (/TnT)/

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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