Tuesday 30 January 2024

Book Review: Draw Like an Artist: 100 Lessons to Create Anime and Manga Characters (Non-Fiction - Art)

Title: Draw Like an Artist: 100 Lessons to Create Anime and Manga Characters
Author: Alex Brennan-Dent
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication Date: 2 April 2024
Pages: 112
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction - Art
Source: ARC via NetGalley

This is your go-to drawing and visual reference book for creating anime and manga characters, featuring more than 600 drawings demonstrating basic techniques and depicting a wide range of characters.

For student and aspiring artists, illustrators, character designers, and more, Draw Like an 100 Lessons to Create Anime and Manga Characters demonstrates foundational art concepts like proportion and anatomy as you learn to draw a broad array of characters and their poses and expressions, all shown from a variety of perspectives.

Each set of step-by-step illustrations takes you from beginning sketch lines to a finished drawing. Artist and author Alex Brennan-Dent’s expert drawing techniques and video tutorials to key concepts accessible via QR codes make this a must-have sourcebook for animators and manga artists.

Draw Like an Artist: 100 Lessons to Create Anime and Manga Characters is a book that may or may not be good for you depending on what you are looking to get from it. For those who already have some basic drawing technique, it offers an excellent set of references for different poses. For me that was the book's best point, especially if you are already good at character design and shading but struggle with getting poses and body proportions correct. However, if you are looking for a book to teach you to draw manga-style characters from scratch, this is probably not the best option for you. There are really only a few pages at the start that briefly mention some technical points, but then that's it. There are some QR codes jotted throughout that lead to video tutorials, but just a quick search on YouTube would bring up a ton of similar content, so I personally don't consider that a compelling enough reason to fork out for this book if that's all you are after. Based on it being a good reference tool for artists, I am giving it 3.5 stars, but there are other works out there more suited to beginners who need a "how-to" guide to drawing.

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

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