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How To Draw Anime & Game Characters Volume 1 Paperback – Jun 17 2002


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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Graphic-Sha (June 17 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4766111206
  • ISBN-13: 978-4766111200
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 18.3 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To begin, this is a good book. On first glance, it has a lot of detail and reference. It has excellent models, and wonderful in-depth descriptions.
It has a few big shortcomings, tho. Seeing as the title is "Basics for Beginners and Beyond" I thought that this would be the perfect book for me, seeing as I couldn't draw at all. After I got the book and started reading it, I realized that this is not the first book I should have bought. While this book does give great reference, it does not give step by step instructions. For those of you who are like me and cannot draw at all, you're going to want something a little more simplistic and instructive. This should be the *second* book you buy. (Three stars because this is NOT for complete beginners, as the title belies.
Fot total and complete beginners, I'd recommend that you buy How to Draw Manga by Katy Coope, ISBN 0439317452. It's extremely cheap, short and to the point. While it has it's own flaws, it was just what I needed and recommend for those of you who are just starting out. NEXT I'd recommend this book. Once you've gotten the simple skills from Katy Coope, then Tadashi Ozawa will show you a where to go with it.
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I was sceptical as whether to purchase this book or any of the other 4 volumes. I paused and thought over carefully. Well, I could give it a try. I mean if I didn't like it at the end of the day I could always return it. But guess what? I'm keeping this one. Oh no, better still!! I am getting 2 other different volumes of this series. Why? I think this series is great. Worth my every cent!!! 4 stars only for volume one, not 5? My complaint; not purely a step-by-step guide on how to draw anime/manga. Don't get me wrong though. This book does teach you what and how you should probably go about drawing your favourite characters. To others this is a godsend, more than what they could ask for. But, I would prefer if they made it a real step-by-step guide explaining every step that they have. This book does tell you what you should avoid doing in order to get the professional or near-professional look by comparing amatuerish and professional drawings. This book basically instills you with pertinent notions about getting it right most of the time. For those who are new, I believe you should check this one out. NEVER a time waster but DEFINITELY an inspiring and helpful guide!!! Get it before it runs out of print. For me, as I mentioned earlier, I am getting 2 other volumes; volume 2 and 4. I am not rushing to get 3 and 5 though but might get them also in the future. Anyway, gook luck to all the beginners, like myself, out there.
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How to draw Anime & Game Characters is my favorite book for beginning Manga artists. Regardless of the ... pictures on the front cover, this book really does look like authentic Japanese anime. Not like that other book by some American artist (I can't remember the title). And the series is much shorter than How to draw Manga - which looks like an older style anyway. This shows you the outlines and how to proportion everything properly while using generic anime & videogame characters for example. It also shows common mistakes that most novice artists make and than corrects them on the side. I have vol. 1 - 3 and some others, and these are my favorites. Ofcourse, if your not a beginner, you might wanna skip this volume (or even this entire series) because they don't go into as much detail as How to Draw Manga. Tadashi Ozawa makes everything short and simple, but How to Draw Manga has a book for each facet of anime. E.G. Male bodies, female bodies, expressions, battle scenes, occult and horror, bishoujo women, proper equipment to buy, pen and pencil techniques, ETC. ...
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By Kaya on Jan. 3 2003
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I... Well actually my dad bought this book for me (I bought volume 3), and trust me this book is worth every single penny! It talks about the basics like the face, body, poses, and more! The main reason I bought this book was to learn how to improve my anime eyes; and let me tell you, being the amateur I am, they've improved ALOT! I would show a scan of one of my practice sheets, but it's not allowed, oh well! XD
I made a drawing of a kitty girl with the instructions the book gives you...*can't imagine all the critiques she would get from the author* But anyway, the book tells you to compare your drawings with other drawings, and it takes you think: "Man, I used to draw like THAT?" At least that's how I did...lol
One of the things I loved about this book was that the author shows us these drawings made from 100% Amateurs, Intermediate *sp* and Advanced artists, plus proffessional versions of the drawings. It tells you WHAT'S wrong with the drawings, the errors etc. And that helps ALOT because these drawings have very common errors.
May I add that the mascots are, hmm how do I put this...KAWAII?! (japanese for cute...heh) The author uses these adorable mascots that briefly explain you things like "We must learn the basics!"; that adds humor to the book, and that alone made me more confident of myself, and killed the thought of "Oh it'll probably be too hard for me". But let me tell you, if you put your heart and time to it, and practice with this book, you'll be a kick-arse anime artist in no time! And remember, if your first straight line comes out horrible, don't worry, by time you'll get it right, because practice makes perfect =3 If you plan on becoming an anime artist or illustrator or whatever, thi book MUST be on your bookshelf, you won't regret it. ^_^
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