Sunday, 5 January 2020

Book Review: Drawing Manga by Jeannie Lee (Art/Non-Fiction)

Title: Drawing Manga
Author: Jeannie Lee
Publisher:
Qaurto - Walter Foster

Publication Date: 3 March 2020
Pages:
40
Format:
eBook - PDF
Genre:
Art/Non-Fiction
Source:
ARC via NetGalley

 


In Drawing: Manga, accomplished artist Jeannie Lee shares her artistic insights and techniques for creating captivating manga artwork and stories. From information on character and story development to an exploration of shading and coloring techniques, the book covers all you need to know to become a master of manga. Each step-by-step project featuring specific characters simplifies and personalizes this drawing style, serving as both a lesson and inspirational guide to prepare you for crafting your own manga world.

This comprehensive book first introduces manga fans to drawing basics, including art tools and materials, the basic shapes drawing method, shading and coloring techniques, composition and perspective, and more. Simple instructions show how to draw heads, hair, facial features, and full bodies. After learning to draw manga characters, the book then delves in-depth into character development and story creation.

Drawing: Manga provides you with the necessary knowledge to create your own manga book, from character creation to a completed work. Discover different methods for finding inspiration for character design and story ideas. Also included are simple techniques for script writing and thumbnailing, penciling and inking, producing special effects, and lettering. Then, with a little practice, you will be able to apply your newfound skills and draw your own complete manga book!

Designed for beginners, the How to Draw & Paint series offers easy-to-follow guides that introduce artists to basic tools and materials and include simple step-by-step lessons for a variety of projects suitable for the aspiring artist. Drawing: Manga allows artists to develop drawing and storytelling skills by demonstrating drawing, coloring, composition, and storytelling techniques to create a manga book. 


Drawing Manga is a short but info-packed book. It covers everything needed to get you started drawing manga-style artwork, and I particularly enjoyed the fact that it included sections on creating panels to produce a full story, rather than sorely showing character illustration. This makes a good introductory guide, and I am giving it 4.5 stars. I only wish it had been longer.

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

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