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Manga for Dummies (For Dummies)by Kensuke Okabayashi
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Step-by-step guidance on creating manga, the popular Japanese-style comics
Featuring youthful characters with oversized eyes and outsized emotions, expressive graphics, and a wide range of genres, Japanese manga (comics) and anime (animated cartoons) have taken the world by storm in the last few decades. And while much of manga still originates in Japan, American comic book and graphic novel publishers have recently begun producing their own home-grown manga. This friendly guide shows would-be manga artists how to get started, explaining manga's graphic and storytelling conventions and guiding people step by step from preliminary rough sketches to finished full-color art. Complete with eight pages of color illustrations, advice on plotlines and storyboards, and tips on drawing teens, heroes, villains, weapons, cars, homes, and more, it's the ideal beginner's guide for aspiring manga artists.
Kensuke Okabayashi (Jersey City, NJ) is a professional artist. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, his work can be seen in everything from comic books to graphic novels to advertising storyboards. Kensuke teaches art classes at the Educational Alliance Art School in New York City.
Packed with hundreds of how-to illustrations
Take your manga drawings from rough sketches to finished art!
Are you an aspiring manga artist? This easy-to-follow guide shows you how to create your own manga characters and their world — from heroes and villains to weapons, cars, animals, and more. You get expert, step-by-step guidance in various drawing techniques, developing a story, and using motion and emotion to bring your characters to life!
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If you love Manga, you’ll eat Manga For Dummies, right up. This step-by-step guide shows you how to create all of your favorite Manga characters from rough sketch through final full-color renderings. You’ll build your skills as you draw animals, mythical creatures, superheroes, teenagers, and villains—along with their weapons, cars, and homes. Soon you’ll be inventing your own characters and placing them in stylish poses and stirring action scenes. Before you know it you’ll be knocking out storyboards and plotlines for you own Manga book. Find out how to:
Complete with a stunning, full-color 8 page insert, Manga for Dummies is your real-life guide to the ultimate fantasy world.
About the Author
Kensuke Okabayashi teaches art at the Educational Alliance Art School in New York City. His work can be seen in everything from comic books to graphic novels to advertising storyboards.
Table of Contents
Part I: Manga 101.
Chapter 1: Welcome to Manga World.
Chapter 2: Gearing Up and Getting Ready.
Chapter 3: Drawing: Starting with the Basics.
Part II: To the Drawing Board.
Chapter 4: Taking It from the Top with the Head.
Chapter 5: Nice Bod: Manga Body Basics.
Chapter 6: Customize and Accessorize Your Manga Character.
Part III: Calling All Cast Members!
Chapter 7: The Main Protagonists.
Chapter 8: Those Loveable Sidekicks.
Chapter 9: The Dreaded Villains.
Chapter 10: Elder Figures.
Chapter 11: Damsels in Distress.
Chapter 12: Girl Power! Shojo Manga.
Part IV: Time to Go Hi-Tech.
Chapter 13: Designing Mechas.
Chapter 14: Gadgets and Weapons.
Chapter 15: Taking Off: Vehicles and Airplanes.
Part V: An Advanced Case of Manga.
Chapter 16: Putting Manga into Perspective.
Chapter 17: Using Speed Lines to Create Motion and Emotion.
Chapter 18: Thumbnails and Scenery.
Chapter 19: Writing a Good Story.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten (or so) Manga Artists.
Chapter 21: (Nearly) Ten Places to Strut your Stuff.
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