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Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley: 30 drawing lessons from the creator of Akiko [Paperback]

Mark Crilley
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Book Description

March 8 2012
It's THE book on manga from YouTube's most popular art instruction Guru!

There's more to manga than big, shiny eyes and funky hair. In these action-packed pages, graphic novelist Mark Crilley shows you step-by-step how to achieve an authentic manga style—from drawing faces and figures to laying out awesome, high-drama spreads. You'll learn how a few basic lines will help you place facial features in their proper locations and simple tricks for getting body proportions right. Plus, you'll find inspiration for infusing your work with expression, attitude and action.

This is the book fans have been requesting for years, packed with expert tips on everything from hairstyles and clothing to word bubbles and sound effects, delivered in the same friendly, easy-to-follow style that has made Mark Crilley one of the "25 Most Subscribed to Gurus on YouTube." Take this opportunity to turn the characters and stories in your head into professional-quality art on the page!

Packed with everything you need to make your first (or your best-ever) manga stories!

  • 30 step-by-step demonstrations showing how to draw faces and figures for a variety of ages and body types
  • Inspirational galleries featuring 101 eyes, 50 ways to draw hands, 40 hairstyles, 12 common expressions, 30 classic poses and more!
  • Tutorials to create a variety of realistic settings
  • Advanced lessons on backgrounds, inking, sequencing and layout options

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Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley: 30 drawing lessons from the creator of Akiko + Mastering Manga 2: Level Up with Mark Crilley + Manga for the Beginner: Everything you Need to Start Drawing Right Away!
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"This is the book fans have been requesting for years." --Arts Book Mix

About the Author

Mark Crilley is the creator of several manga books, including the Akiko series, Miki Falls, the Billy Clikk novels and Brody's Ghost. Since being selected for Entertainment Weekly's "It List" in 1998, Crilley has published nearly twenty books across his many popular series and developed a massive internet following for his drawing demonstration videos earning him a spot as one of the top 25 Most Subscribed to Gurus on YouTube. His novels have been featured in USA Today, the New York Daily News and Disney Adventures magazine, as well as on CNN Headline News. Visit Mark online at or

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mark Crilley's Mastering Manga March 25 2012
By Tiffany
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Mark Crilley's Mastering Manga covers a wide range of skills and that fascinates me, from beginners to people who are good with drawing but trying to get into the manga styles - and to people who may have been practicing manga and want to know why they keep getting certain dodgy things wrong.

I like it. I'm practicing with it. You have to keep at it to up a manga skill level. I would have preferred a different kind of binding - like a rigid spiral bind or something so that the book would stay flat on my desk when I open it to the pages I want to work from, that would have helped a great deal.

It doesn't seem like 30 drawing lessons a all - he covers lots of detail, various types, from realistic manga to more cartoony versions, babies to senior folks, heavier people - and lots of details on getting things done properly like anatomy - action and movement - facial expressions - hair - framing and arranging speech bubbles. It is like a modern course in a book. Well done. I have fun while I learn form it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Manga book April 20 2012
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Love it, very easy to understand. lots of easy tips and helpful information. Book is thick, and the pages are strong, so it won't tear easily.
I originally bought from barnesandnoble, but they messed up my order and did not give me money back. Amazon is the way to go when buying products.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOMENESS! MUST BUY! April 11 2012
By Nate
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This is an awesome book from an even more awesome author. There is not much to say other than "THIS BOOK IS A MUST HAVE FOR ANY ARTIST!!!!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! April 26 2014
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I am really satisfied with this book. I purchased it for my younger brother who wants to get into drawing and I figured this would help him a great deal. Very clear instructions ans steps.

Amazing buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of great stuff in here June 30 2013
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I am now ready to start my comic book empire! LOL But seriously, this is top-notch stuff. This book in conjunction with his how-to YouTube series, will make a great artist of anyone. Even a guy like me, that until recently only did sketches on the back of restaurant place mats for his kids to color. Must buy for those unsure if their art is fit for commercial consumption. These lessons will give you the confidence you need to proceed. Or at least I feel more confident about my art now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy for Beginners May 5 2013
By Megan
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I think this book is great for teaching the foundations of manga drawing for beginners. If your more advanced, I'd reccommend getting into the "How To Draw Manga" series which goes into more depth on the different styles and bringing your characters more to life. But if you are just starting out, please get this book as it will help a lot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Meh. Oct. 18 2013
By Ange
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This book is nothing to write home about but if you are a fan of Crilley's work then get it! support him as an artist but don't think it's innovative by any means.
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