Sunday, December 26, 2021

Draw Manga Style: A Beginner's Step-by-Step Guide for Drawing Anime and Manga - 62 Lessons: Basics, Characters, Special Effects


Draw Manga Style is a tutorial and style guide for beginning artists for drawing anime and manga figures by Scott Harris. Released 14th Dec 2021 by Quarto on their Quarry imprint, it's 128 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. 

This a fun and accessible tutorial guide aimed at beginners to slightly more advanced readers and usable for all-ages. The author has an engaging and encouraging style of teaching and writes clearly and enthusiastically. I love that he says that the way that he saw improvement was simply by practicing and refusing to give up! The book includes an abbreviated introduction with a primer on forms and elements, followed by very general anime anatomy and physiological features and how to progress from rough sketch through the refining process. 

The book's tutorial chapters include step by step tutorials for different characters focusing on facial features, character personalities, and step by step simple line drawings for producing an outline sketch.

This would make a good choice for public or school library acquisition, home use, or gift giving (perhaps bundled with some basic drawing supplies). It's a very simple and abbreviated guide but there's a lot of good basic information here.

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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