Item description for How To Draw Manga Volume 12: Giant Robots (How to Draw Manga) by Hikaru Hayashi...
In this book, Chapter 1 is divided into the different parts of the body, starting with the head, explaining directions in designing the eye or mouth, and then proceeding down towards the trunk and the hands and feet. In Chapter 2, techniques in incorporating weapons, wings, and other extras to the robot learned in Chapter 1 to create a new design are explained. In Chapter 3, android designs are presented. This book is indispensable to those creating manga with an interest in robots.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 7.24" Height: 0.55" Weight: 1.01 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2002
ISBN 4766112555 ISBN13 9784766112559 UPC 824869000045
Reviews - What do customers think about How To Draw Manga Volume 12: Giant Robots (How to Draw Manga)?
One of three solid mech drawing books Feb 12, 2008
4-1/2 stars. The more I spend time with this book, the more I like it. The big surprise for me here is the amazing attention to detail: *many* ideas & principles of robot design are analyzed & examined, with great variety in mechs. 5 stars for idea generating help(!), but 4-1/2 stars overall due to lack of transforming mech examples, which is really my main interest.
I recently bought three books on robots. A brief comparison:
1. How to Draw Manga- Giant Robots. 4-1/2 stars. Phenomenal details for all kinds of robots. It's my favorite book of the 3. It has very little on robots that transform, which is too bad, but few books can match the incredibly detailed instruction here with such a wide variety of designs. It's a visually attractive, well organized effort.
2. Let's Draw Manga- Transforming Robots. 4 stars. The best book of the 3 in dealing with actual transformations. It shows actual photos of toys, and then plenty of pictures detailing the transforming process. The drawing quality is a little rough but still professional. Better drawing quality would've made this a 5-star book.
3. How to Draw Manga- Mech Drawing. 4 stars. Great looking cover; the interior art is professional as well. Some drawings are truly excellent, but many are a bit too plain looking and lack visual interest. It covers the artistic rendering of mechanical vehicles & items of all types, and not just robots. With very little information on transforming mechs, it's still above average overall.
As you can see, each book has its strengths & weaknesses. And each is entirely black & white- no color drawings inside. I have yet to find a book on robots that I consider truly 5-star material. The day I do, I may update this review.
Decent reference, but not really How To Draw Jan 2, 2008
If the title was "Reference for Mecha Drawings" I'd give it one more star. It doesn't show you How to Draw, it zooms in on different parts of a Mech, where to get inspiration, what works and what to avoid.
Nowhere in the book do they show you how to sketch a drawing of a Mech. If you know how to draw well already and want a reference book for using your talents to draw Mecha, this is a good book. If you are just starting out learning how to draw, this book is not it.
How to Draw Manga Volume 12: Giant Robots Jan 19, 2007
Ok, how to start. I can say that this book is awesome... and that it would teach you a good deal about robots and their parts and different things you could use for designs. I couls also say it teaches you a good deal about female robots and about weapons.
I could say that... yes... That all of what I said is true, BUT, it is also lacking some things you would expect from a HTDM (How To Draw Manga) books. Some things you would expect from a book about giant robots is learning how to draw the different parts of a robot, instead they show you examples and expect you to figure the rest out.
You would expect in a book about giant robots tons of examples and pictures of different guns you could make, but they decide that they will just show you a few and then show you a few gun parts that you could combine, hoping that you will make more guns out of those few pieces.
Some people cut this book down by saying "This book doesn't teach you how to draw anything near gundams or transformers." To those people I can only say one thing, "If you want a book on drawing gundams or transformers, then get one for drawing gundams and transformers."
I mean, with what I just said a few paragraphs ago you might think, "Wow, this book must suck." But I say no, that is not the case, this is not a book for gundams or transformers. This is a book for drawing your own robots, your own original robots from your imagination, your own robot that doesn't belong to gundams or the transformers universe.
I said that they only show you a few weapons for examples, but this is not a book about weapons, but robots. I give this book 4 stars because this is worth the four stars. Some might say that this book is not worth the money, but I tell you... THIS.. BOOK.. IS WORTH IT!
Sincerly to all you budding manga fans, Frothy the Beerman firstname.lastname@example.org
The good, the bad, and the ugly.. Dec 26, 2005
First of all this book has some decent examples of individual component parts of robots/mecha that will help you to realize decisions that must be made for your own designs, and while the intentions of the author is to give inspiring examples of fully finished robots and mecha also, the designs are not that great or dynamic. In fact, many of the robots are just flat out hideous looking. In other words, there's nothing here on the level of Gundam or Transformer type designs, but on the other hand it does give insight into components parts like hands, joints, weapons, etc.
This book kicks "bot"!!! (okay,bad pun) Dec 21, 2004
I went to borders yesterday with a gift certificate, yearning for one of hikaru hayashi's "how to draw manga" books. So, I bought the best looking of them there, called "Giant robots".
It is AWESOME!! It teaches you to convert simple human figures into robots (note: it only tells how to do that with girls) It shows the girl anatomy, showing some butts and boobies, but DON'T LET THAT HOLD YOU BACK FROMING BUYING IT!!! It's worth the money, Alot of manga books show the "PARTS" of the atnatomy, but this series isn't a "how to draw playboy" book! It's for proper form, not to be porny. my first mech looked AWSOME AND SO PRO-LIKE!!
+=good -= bad/ disapointing ?= what/why the heck?!
+ eat your heart out, "mech mania how to draw mechs and cool space ships"!
+ a must buy if your a sucker for robots and mechs
+special edition :)
+robot parts and examples
+ how to turn pretty much anything into a mech with one simple step!
- don't get if your little brother or sister will make fun of you for getting abook with the female anatomy in back of book forever (well, you still might wanna buy it)
- doesn't tell how to draw pilots (sadly, becuase there is a good image of one on the back cover
? what the heck is with the robot with a die for a head??!
Anyway, I highly suggest this book to any manga artist or fan.