Tuesday 8 June 2021

Book Review: Manga Artists' Copic Marker Colouring Techniques (Non-Fiction/Art)

Title: Manga Artists' Copic Marker Coloring Techniques
Author: Shin, Yue, Maripori, Junko Kitamura, Suzu Kawana, Ramiru Kirisaki
Publisher: Zakka Workshop
Publication Date: 15 June 2021
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction/Art
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Are you interested in using Copic markers to take you art to the next level? Learn all about Copic marker coloring techniques from professional manga artists who know all the tricks of the trade!

Considered the cream of the crop when it comes to markers, Copic are beloved by artists around the world for their smooth and vibrant colors. If you’re new to the markers, there’s no need to be intimidated when you have this informative guide with you every step of the way!

You’ll start off by learning basic techniques, including blending, mixing, and layering color. Next, you’ll discover how to use Copic markers to create texture when coloring skin, hair, clothing, and scenery.

Dozens of illustrations from talented manga artists are broken down into step-by-step instructions, allowing you to implement the same coloring techniques in your own work. Along the way, you’ll find countless tips and tricks for getting the most out of your markers—you’ll even learn how to fix mistakes!

Manga Artists' Copic Marker Coloring Techniques is a great resource for amateur marker artists looking to up their game. The book features some excellent tips on blending and shading, colour choices, and creating effects like rain and folds in clothing. Although written with Copic markers in mind, the techniques described in this book are equally valid for other brands of markers, though the successful execution of some effects may depend on the quality of the markers you are using. The book's layout is pleasing to the eye and easy to read, with plenty of accompanying illustrations to demonstrate each point. Some of the tips I have seen described in other books about drawing manga, but often they just encompass a single, brief chapter, whereas this work concentrates fully on colouring technique, rather than drawing figures etc. Recommended for those creating manga with marker pens who wish to take their colouring to the next level.

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

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