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How To Draw Manga Special: Colored Original Drawings (How to Draw Manga) [Paperback]

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Item description for How To Draw Manga Special: Colored Original Drawings (How to Draw Manga) by Society for the Study of Manga Techniques...

A guide to drawing Japanese-style comic books in color covers techniques for using felt markers of the type most commonly used in Japan, including selecting the best ones for the paper used and combining markers with airbrush or pastels.

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Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7.25" Height: 10"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 4, 2001
Publisher   Graphic-Sha
ISBN  4889960473  
ISBN13  9784889960471  

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Reviews - What do customers think about How To Draw Manga Special: Colored Original Drawings (How to Draw Manga)?

Promotional Material for Copic Products  Nov 2, 2007
This book is helpful but its clear focus is on how to use copic markers and products. Drawing manga is secondary.
Don't Pay Full Price  Aug 31, 2005
Better yet, don't pay for it at all. Get it free if you can (like borrowing it from the library). To highlight the problems other readers have mentioned:

1. "The Drawings are Not too Good". Unevenly portioned faces and bodies. Seems more amateur than professional.
2. "COPIC. BUY COPIC. COPIC is best." Argh.
3. A combination of 1 and 2 distracts from what the book is trying to teach.

If airbrushing is totally new to you, then this certainly won't hurt, but it won't help much either.
Title should be "How to Color Pin-Ups"  Nov 23, 2004
The tutorials are very easy to follow going in a step-by-step manner from original pencil drawing to fully-colored finished image. All the instructions are in color which allows for easier visual than black and white. There were surprisingly a good amount of other handy tips you can use for other purposes such as the tracing down technique for those without a lightbox, using origami paper as part of the image, and using a cotton swab to hold down the paper while you're airbrushing.

This is more of a book on how to color your pin-ups or manga covers than anything. Considering the materials used in this book are markers, airbrushes, brush, colored pencils, pastels, and an etching knife, this book is for the more intermediate and advanced artists.

Aside from the fact that this is basically one big ad for COPIC markers and airbrush, you can apply the techniques you learn in here with other more readily available and less expensive products.

For those that are hypersensitive to anything that has nudity on it, there are two images that may make you want to avoid this volume. One is a female sleeping on her side and wearing a buttoned down shirt and underwear showing quite a bit of her right chest, and the other has no clothing but hides her chest with her hands.
pretty good...  Mar 18, 2004
I borrowed this book from a classmate for a day, and i really liked it. It doesn't have pictures of naked people, but it has 2 somewhat disturbing pictures. it may seem like a huge advertising gimmick for copic, but it does give you useful information, like how to use an airbrush, how to gradate colors,mixing marker, colored pencil, and pastel colors, and tips on types paper and inks. the art seemed ugly sometimes but I tried to look over that. the guide character that appeared throughout the book looked as if the proportions were messed up; her boobs were too big, her legs too short, and she looked overall like a 7 year old.

but thats ok.
I liked the book. ^_^

A world of NO.  Feb 24, 2004
When I got this book I stupidly ignored the cover and bought it based on the content it promised and the little bit of content I saw while flipping through it. And there really is some useful and worthy information in this book.

But I hate it.

I hate the fact that we are taken through this book page after page by a preternaturally perky character that looks like a hydrocephalic five-year-old with big, BIG boobs.

I hate the fact that almost every drawing example is female, and that every female in this book looks like a hydrocephalic five-year-old with big, BIG boobs.

I hate the fact that this book is a non-stop commercial for Copic brand markers and accessories. C'mon people! Ease up on the brand imprinting already! It's not as if any U.S. manufacturer still makes airbrush accessories for their markers. We're already a captive audience, there's no need to rub it in.

I hate the fact that since this is mainly a big ol' undisguised ad for Copic, they couldn't be bothered to at least sell the thing at a lower price.

I hate the fact that the hydrocephalic five-year-old with big, BIG boobs is frequently posed with eye-gougingly obvious phallic symbols. Be it an ice cream or the airbrush assembly or the markers themselves, you can bet Miss perky-panties will be giving it the lovin'.

I hate the fact that I have to wade through all that garbage to get to the real and useful information.

I hate the fact that there are people out there who find that kind of illustration acceptable, or worse, appealing.

GAH! In a series that is widely known as hit-n-miss, this volume is most assuredly a miss.


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