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You Can Draw Mecha [Paperback]

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Combining precise technical drawing with unique and imaginative mechanized creations can be a difficult skill to master. In this volume, some of today's best technical manga artists reduce the seemingly meticulous task of drawing mechs to an easy skill that you too can master. Sharing their tricks and tips for drawing Japanese-style mechanical constructs, this volume will prove that You Can Draw Mecha!

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.8" Width: 8.1" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 10, 2005
Publisher   Antarctic Press
ISBN  1932453547  
ISBN13  9781932453546  

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Good book, but not great  Jan 2, 2008
This is my third book, after Mecha Mania: How to Draw Warrior Robots, Cool Spaceships, and Military Vehicles (Christopher Hart Titles) and How To Draw Manga Volume 12: Giant Robots (How to Draw Manga) that deals with drawing mecha. I'd say its a good addition to the genre, but not my favorite.

None of the pictures are colored and few are shaded. It is better than the Giant Robots book in that it shows how to sketch out the drawing first, where that book does not. But it doesn't have nearly the volume of content of the other 2 books either and many of the drawings are left in the sketch state, where the Mecha Mania book shows the final product again and again.

From what I've read of "professional" artists, they sketch often just as shown in this book, so from that standpoint, this is a good addition to a How to Draw Mecha library for a beginner.
One of, if not THE best!  Dec 13, 2004
Sherard Jackson returns with his second foray into the realm of home manga illustration books. His first volume, "You Can Draw Transforming Robots", was one of the finest English-language How-to-Draw mecha books I had ever seen. Somehow, Mr. Jackson has managed to outdo himself in this sophomore work. Various mecha styles in the "Eastern" school of mecha design are represented. Influences from Transformers, Kawamori's Armored Core designs, Zoids, Evangelion, and even Zone of the Enders are present. Naturally, some Gundam-esque examples are also in the book. Jackson's designs from his own work, "Assembly" add to the roster.
Despite the presence of easily recognizable styles, Jackson instructs the reader on how to find inspiration, instead of simply hashing out how to copy someone else's style. Medieval armor, historical weaponry, animals, and human anatomy are presented as sparks for the imagination. Jackson's a teacher who gives the "how-to", but also shows actual design and illustrating savvy that backs up his lessons. Illustrations display his gift for technically detailed mecha with lots of personality.
This book de-emphasizes the "how to draw" and emphasizes the "draw mecha". Those who need the very basics should start with a more basic primer, as the book assumes the reader has some drawing experience. However, those who need more advanced lessons on mecha design and rendering dynamic images of mecha will not be disappointed.

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