Discover Manga Drawing
Start with the basics of drawing heads and bodies, then learn ways to customize each character, from the looks on their faces to the clothes they're wearing. Make your people old or young, happy or angry, sweet or sinister. Hundreds of illustrations and 30+ step-by-step demos show you how to:
*Give your people feeling with facial expressions
*Bring them to life with dynamic action poses
*Personalize them with hairstyles, clothes, weapons and props
*Pull it all together to create popular character types including bishoujo (beautiful girls loved by all) and bad boys. Dress them up as space samurai, sorceresses, spies, skateboarders and more.
Before long, your imagination will kick in and you'll be drawing cool, cute and 100 percent original characters of your own creation. Excited yet? You should be—you're about to draw some real manga!
What worked less well was the second half of the book which showed us how to turn our drawings into manga characters. There was an assumption of skill level that definitely surpassed beginners in my opinion. Perhaps a budding artist who practices hard on the beginning section will have more success on the second half of the book than I did. I will say that the author is very careful to give plenty of instruction on how the shape of the eyes and mouth can indicate a character's mood and on what different body language communicates about a character. I just didn't find those sections as easy to follow with my own efforts.
Doubtless someone with more talent or experience will have a different outcome! I think this book, with it's thorough instruction, art supplies, and drawing pad, would appeal to the kid who loves to draw or who is drawn to anime and manga.