Saturday 21 September 2019

Book Review: Drawing Manga Heroines and Heroes by Sonia Leong (Non-Fiction/Art)

Title: Drawing Manga Heroines and Heroes
Author: Sonia Leong
Walter Foster Publishing

Publication Date: 8 October 2019
eBook - EPUB
ARC via NetGalley


In this exciting extension of the interactive Illustration Studio series, learn how to illustrate a range of manga heroes, heroines, and characters—from male and female warriors and fighters to schoolgirls and boys, knights, angels, cyborgs, interstellar idols, and more. The Illustration Studio series features interactive exercises, creative prompts, and step-by-step exercises to educate and excite beginning and aspiring artists working in a variety of media and techniques, from manga and anime to illustration done in ink.

Illustration Studio: Manga Heroines and Heroes teaches aspiring and beginning manga artists the basics for creating a range of popular characters, props and scenes. No matter your skill level, the drawing and colorization tips, loads of techniques, and step-by-step projects are instructive and helpful, while creative promptsand exercises invite personalization and participation inside the pages of the book.

You'll be guided through every step as you not only learn how to draw, but also learn the vernacular and story lines associated with this popular art genre.

Overall, Drawing Manga Heroines and Heroes is a pleasing volume. It begins with several overview pages looking at things like proportion and shading, before proceeding to a wide range of character examples. I particularly appreciate the fact that Leong uses different media in her designs, so there are good examples to follow whether your preferred medium is digital colouring, pencils, or markers. The only thing I would have liked was to have had a few more overview pages looking at drawing facial features and other aspects. However, what is present is shown well and this book will certainly be useful to budding manga artists.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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