Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley

Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley : 30 Drawing Lessons from the Creator of Akiko

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It's THE book on manga from YouTube's most popular art instruction Guru! There's more to manga than big, shiny eyes and funky hair. In these action-packed pages, graphic novelist Mark Crilley shows you step-by-step how to achieve an authentic manga style-from drawing faces and figures to laying out awesome, high-drama spreads. You'll learn how a few basic lines will help you place facial features in their proper locations and simple tricks for getting body proportions right. Plus, you'll find inspiration for infusing your work with expression, attitude and action.

This is the book fans have been requesting for years, packed with expert tips on everything from hairstyles and clothing to word bubbles and sound effects, delivered in the same friendly, easy-to-follow style that has made Mark Crilley one of the "25 Most Subscribed to Gurus on YouTube." Take this opportunity to turn the characters and stories in your head into professional-quality art on the page!

Packed with everything you need to make your first (or your best-ever) manga stories!

30 step-by-step demonstrations showing how to draw faces and figures for a variety of ages and body types
Inspirational galleries featuring 101 eyes, 50 ways to draw hands, 40 hairstyles, 12 common expressions, 30 classic poses and more!
Tutorials to create a variety of realistic settings
Advanced lessons on backgrounds, inking, sequencing and layout options
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 210 x 276 x 13mm | 499g
  • IMPACT Books
  • Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • English
  • Repr.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1440309310
  • 9781440309311
  • 5,643

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"This is the book fans have been requesting for years." --Arts Book Mix
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"This is the book fans have been requesting for years." --Arts Book Mix
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About Mark Crilley

In 1998, Mark Crilley was chosen by Entertainment Weekly for their "It List," their annual issue dedicated to the "100 most creative people in entertainment," sharing the honour with Chris Ware as one of two comic book creators to be featured that year. His novels have been featured in USA Today, New York Daily News and Disney Adventures magazine, as well as on CNN Headline News.
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939 ratings
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2 3% (30)
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Our customer reviews

i'd recommend this to younger, less experienced drawers (I personally loved these kinds of books when I was a pre-teen) but if you're anywhere in the intermediate stage, have taken any art classes or are an artist already developing their own style, this book will be pretty useless to you. there's nothing in here that hasn't been repeated a thousand times in any other how-to-draw book, and most of it could be easily picked up through just practise or self-study. it also heavily features Mark Crilley's own manga art style and personally, I don't think it's the most useful or appealing style and honestly would be restrictive for aspiring artists to latch on to. It's fun with some cute drawings and not at all a bad gift to a young scribbler into the manga art style, but you could probably get more bang for your buck more
by M.
I recieved this book as a gift, and, leafing through it, I immediatly noticed the absence of attractive a-typical manga illustrations. Not that the illustrations in this book aren't attractive, but I think it's safe to say that this book has a more practical approach focusing on actual comic making rather than illustration, as opposed to the books on manga authored by Christopher Hart which don't go into paneling or story-boarding at all and tend to be a bit of a hodgepodge on stylistic approaches and story conventions typically found in manga. With this book Mark Crilley, who is a comic artist himself, proves to be an excellent instructor with chapters on drawing heads and basic anatomy, but also pages on drawing different hairstyles and eyes. The book features pages with hands and feet in different positions to be used as reference, and instruction on drawing a kiss scene ; things that many artists find very difficult to draw. What I would also like to mention is Crilley's instruction on drawing adults, or at least characters who look noticeably older than the eternally pretty boys and girls that dominate manga-style illustration and comics. The last portion of the book dives into drawing backgrounds using perspective, with interesting exercises applying different kinds of perspective. I find this a very useful book, as with similar books I usually end up flipping through them over and over again just to look at the pretty illustrations rather than doing the exercises. In other words, it doesn't distract me from my goals to become a prolific manga artist . There are also several comics in this book featuring the author with encouraging words and tips. Definetly one of the better books on manga out more
by Tara Sreeram
Considering that I wasn't even able to "hold" the pen the right way after some trying and following the instructions in the book I actually managed to create something worth showing others. I am impressed by myself :) it is kind of dummies proof. Would have liked a little bit more explain on the poses and faces but I do hope for another book(books) that explains in a more detailed way the particular poses..or chibi's :D Nice job Mark!show more
by Adriana Lazar
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