Manga For Dummies

Manga For Dummies

by Kensuke Okabayashi

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Manga For Dummies by Kensuke Okabayashi

If you love Manga, you’ll eat Manga For Dummies, right up. This step-by-step guide shows you how to create all of your favorite Manga characters from rough sketch through final full-color renderings.  You’ll build your skills as you draw animals, mythical creatures, superheroes, teenagers, and villains—along with their weapons, cars, and homes. Soon you’ll be inventing your own characters and placing them in stylish poses and stirring action scenes. Before you know it you’ll be knocking out storyboards and plotlines for you own Manga book. Find out how to:

  • Gear up for drawing with all the right tools and materials
  • Develop the basic skills of Manga figure drawing
  • Customize and accessorize your Manga characters
  • Design spectacular weapons, gadgets, mechas, and vehicles
  • Create 3-D drawings and give characters motion and emotion
  • Write an exciting Manga Story

Complete with a stunning, full-color 8 page insert, Manga for Dummies is your real-life guide to the ultimate fantasy world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118051054
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/12/2011
Series: For Dummies Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 697,675
File size: 38 MB
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About the Author

Kensuke Okabayashi teaches art at the Educational Alliance Art School in New York City. His work can be seen in everything from comic books to graphic novels to advertising storyboards.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Manga 101.

Chapter 1: Welcome to Manga World.

Chapter 2: Gearing Up and Getting Ready.

Chapter 3: Drawing: Starting with the Basics.

Part II: To the Drawing Board.

Chapter 4: Taking It from the Top with the Head.

Chapter 5: Nice Bod: Manga Body Basics.

Chapter 6: Customize and Accessorize Your Manga Character.

Part III: Calling All Cast Members!

Chapter 7: The Main Protagonists.

Chapter 8: Those Loveable Sidekicks.

Chapter 9: The Dreaded Villains.

Chapter 10: Elder Figures.

Chapter 11: Damsels in Distress.

Chapter 12: Girl Power! Shojo Manga.

Part IV: Time to Go Hi-Tech.

Chapter 13: Designing Mechas.

Chapter 14: Gadgets and Weapons.

Chapter 15: Taking Off: Vehicles and Airplanes.

Part V: An Advanced Case of Manga.

Chapter 16: Putting Manga into Perspective.

Chapter 17: Using Speed Lines to Create Motion and Emotion.

Chapter 18: Thumbnails and Scenery.

Chapter 19: Writing a Good Story.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten (or so) Manga Artists.

Chapter 21: (Nearly) Ten Places to Strut your Stuff.


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Manga for Dummies 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 13 days ago
When i started to read this book i looked on the cover the mangabseemed more western-style than anything. So try christopher jart even though some of his books arentvthat good so then i dont kno what to tay also, some of christopher harts books samples are way too shor for you to even learn how to draw Anything. and so back to manga for dummies... yes this books manga seems more western style and..... it doesnt even show ____________________________________________ _______________________ _________ How to draw mana it just drones on and on about random stuff for 93 pages i mean how stupid is that anyway anyone into warriors...and making up their own characters? Ve never actually fully read the warriors series only samples on my nook soo... i dont know if the author already made this character but.........___________________________________________________________________________Sunstar- Age...16 (in cat years) Name...Sunstar Clan...??? Bio...Sunstars parents were seducted afte a few months after she was born... she was the youngest and while the rest of her siblings died she miraculously survived and was left alone to fend for jerself. Trusts no one. But she will, occasionally, she'll coe to battle to help clans she likes and the side shes on often wins cuz shes a very good fighter, learning and teaching herself techniques. Uses various weapons. Shes on no ones side... good or bad but she isnt pa rt of a clan will aid clans sometimes. And thats about all i have to say
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How good is the sample.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ha ha ha got you. I luv manga!!!
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Courtney Colemam More than 1 year ago
What in the world did that person write?