Mega Manga (Keith Sparrow)
Search Press Ltd: Artbookreview.net: Once again, Search Press have managed to come up with a book that's a great deal more than it first appears. This may or may not be any good as a guide to drawing Manga; I can't tell you because I'm just not qualified but, on the basis of its layout and presentation, I'd be prepared to guess that it is.However, almost accidentally, what you also get is a near perfect primer in drawing people. Leave aside the stylised hair and big eyes that are (this much I do know) characteristic of Manga and what you have is very easy to follow and laid out to show you how figures are built up from a starting point of basic shapes. All the different parts of the body are covered and you get figures that are both static and in motion, as well as wearing a variety of clothes (including the inevitable martial arts but, hey, you never know - ). The additional sections on vehicles and weapons are going to be superfluous for the general reader, but some of the animal drawings can be easily adapted to more domestic creatures.I think the reason this works so well in the way that it does is because it's not trying. Its prime aim is to introduce the more general reader to Manga drawing and it therefore operates for the most part on a basic level. By doing this, it becomes an absolutely invaluable primer for anyone looking for a basic guide to figure drawing and is a lot easier to follow than many more specialised guides. You just have to be able to see past the big-eyed kids.
This book provides all the techniques you need to create great manga characters, with step-by-step drawings in pencil, ink, and colour. Learn how to draw bodies and faces, eyes and hair, hands and feet, expressions and gestures, across a range of human and fantasy creatures.It includes galleries of finished art to show you the full range of what you can achieve, including scores of hairstyles, facial expressions, hand gestures, and body poses for you to practice, and add variety to your work.It contains pages of clothing, accessories and gadgets, weapons and vehicles for you to draw and colour and incorporate into your manga illustrations and stories, together with ideas for animals, including monsters and cute fantasy creatures, to help you build skill and confidence.Learn the basic techniques of drawing, inking and colouring. Create figures with individual features and clothing. Draw fantastic monsters, threatening mecha, and cute pets.