Manga For Dummies

Manga For Dummies

Kensuke Okabayashi

Language: English

Pages: 440

ISBN: 0470080256

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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:

  • Gear up for drawing with all the right tools and materials
  • Develop the basic skills of Manga figure drawing
  • Customize and accessorize your Manga characters
  • Design spectacular weapons, gadgets, mechas, and vehicles
  • Create 3-D drawings and give characters motion and emotion
  • Write an exciting Manga Story

Complete with a stunning, full-color 8 page insert, Manga for Dummies is your real-life guide to the ultimate fantasy world.

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guaranteed to be printed without any threat of being cropped out. ߜ Trim Area: Basically, this area signifies the “end” of the paper. The closer an image runs to the border, the better its chances of being cropped by the printing machine. ߜ Bleed (Expendable) Area: Cutting machines are imperfect. Sometimes you want to extend an image all the way to the end of the paper, but unfortunately, the cutting machines don’t always cut right at the trim line — sometimes they go past the area. Therefore,

when you’re drawing straight lines, as shown in Figure 3-4. ߜ As shown in Figure 3-5a, ink tends to seep underneath the ruler when you use it right side up. Flipping the ruler upside down solves this problem, as shown in Figure 3-5b. 31 32 Part I: Manga 101 Figure 3-4: Making sure the tip of the pencil rests securely against the edge of the ruler. Some rulers come with a beveled edge so that the ink doesn’t bleed underneath. If you can, shell out a few extra bucks and invest in a nice one.

shapes. Carry around a small sketchbook wherever you go. You never know when you’re going to get the urge to sit and draw. Chapter 5: Nice Bod: Manga Body Basics Figure 5-17: Building and connecting the upper leg to the hip. a Figure 5-18: Building and connecting the lower leg to the b upper leg. c Another reason to practice getting better at drawing hands is that they convey a wide range of emotions. For example, clenched fists may show anger. When you’re happy, you may clasp your hands

jeans may be attending a punk-rock concert while chanting anti-establishment slogans. On that note, I loosen things up by showing you how to draw the loose/relaxed jeans on your character. I compare the two types of loose jeans (regular loose versus extremely baggy loose) side by side, using a male model (you need the male torso and legs from Chapter 5). Try your hand at drawing both variations simultaneously. As you draw and compare the differences, note how much more liberal you can be with

her head, facial features, and flight suit (see Figure 7-22a). Characters who are hyperactive generally have bangs and long pigtails. Draw large eyes, a small nose, and a big, open-mouth smile. The flight suit covers most of the body, leaving the neck, shoulders, and arms exposed. I draw stripes going down the thighs to her knees, and I suggest drawing bracelets and flight boots. These are fun-packed with hi-tech features, such as satellite uplinks, laser blasters, and so on. 177 178 Part

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