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How To Draw Anime & Game Characters Volume 1 [Paperback]

Tadashi Ozawa
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Book Description

June 17 2002
If you are anime/manga collector or fan, you have had a burning desire to learn how to draw the popular characters by yourself. However, you may be worried that you cannot draw as well as people in art clubs or in cartoon clubs because drawing is difficult - don't worry, many people feel the same way. This series was written to help those who are interested in drawing, but are worried about the challenges involved with it. If you change the way you look at an object - even just a little, you can succeed.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I wanted to learn how to draw, so i got other books and this one too. I still dont really know how to draw. All this book dose is tell you the basics like: drawing cubes and 3-D objects like rectangels. It is like any other book that is titled: HOW TO DRAW!" It does have kool pictures of characters, and that about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners Feb. 26 2004
By "brium"
This is the first in a the "How to Draw Anime & Game Characters" series of books, so obviously this one starts with the basics beginning with shapes and lines. With that done, it progressively moves on to how you adapt those techniques into making your characters body, parts of the body, and face. They show how to draw many different body sizes, eye shapes, hairstyles, hands, feet, and so on from different angles. They also have some areas that put a beginner, intermediate, and professional artists work side by side and examine the problem areas. A nice feature to help you prevent common (and not so common) mistakes. Overall, it's a great buy to those who want to draw anime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars this is a great book Dec 7 2003
By ryan
I have just bought this book about a week ago and it improved my
drawing alot.I gave it a 4 star because it took me a while to under stand the book.I've been looking for a good how to draw book and this book is great.It is good for beginners and has alot of details.I will recomend this book to anyone that wants to draw anime.
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3.0 out of 5 stars While good, this is not for complete beginners. June 17 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great but definitely could be better, Oct. 22 2003
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Disorganized May 22 2003
By A Customer
While I enjoy the information in the book and much of the steps brought new perspective to me on how to draw, I found myself confused a few times until I continued on and found the answer later in the book.
I do encourage people to use this book if they are trying draw anime and game characters, however be warned that the organization in the book isn't the best.(in my opinion of course).
All unpleasantness aside, I enjoyed the special section for game characters and groups, I Never really thought about why I was attracted to some posters and not to others.
Buy this book, but be warned of its disorganisation. If it was more organised, I would give it Five stars.
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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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