I'm interested in learning to draw manga. I have seen several books on the subject and wonder if anybody on the forum has any suggestions as to a good beginner's book? I haven't really drawed anything before, I'm an absolute beginner.
Thanks everyone for the nice and helpful tips!
I found a good not expensive book made by Yuu watase
its called "learn how to draw manga".
it's clear, simple and it shows how to built a scenario, how to draw it and how to publish it.
I think I've got that one. It's very good ^^
just look at some manga in books and start with things like face, then go down to the body.....but you will need a book if you want to do more advanced manga
Those are all great links, I like the "how to draw manga" series as well.
Also, try "Dynamic Figure Drawing" by Burne Hogarth. It's not in the manga style, but it absolutely blew me away. His drawing are so detailed and it's a great guide to dramatically pose figures.
You can also check out books by Christopher Hart. I would sit down at barnes and nobles or borders and flipping through them to find which one matches your needs best. Watch out though, he's written like 20 books on drawing manga and mostly recycles info so if you buy more than one book by him chances are you're getting a lot of the same info. Much of his stuff can be found cheap online.
Most importantly, spend more time practicing drawing than reading books on drawing. The only way to get better is by actually doing it.
I own one of the Christopher Hart books, and although it did help somewhat, my personal feelings are that he tries to cram too much into a single book, and therefore never really goes in-depth with the different steps to clean up an image and transform it from his original rough collection of shapes to a finished drawing.
Whichever route you go (books, or classes or searching online, etc), I'd suggest that you look at a variety of sources, you'll get a better feel for different styles, and maybe find one that suits you better than the others.
I'm trying to learn to draw in the Anime / Manga style myself and I went to my local library and got a few books to practice with. Its a really slow process but so far, so good.
Pretty much the only thing I can say as far as advice goes is to just keep practicing and realize that its not going to look perfect at first, and it will take time but you'll get the hang of it. I suggest trying to draw very simple characters first, with few details and clean simple lines until you are confident enough to try odd poses and complicated costumes complete with those tricky fabric folds.
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