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Style School Volume 2 [Paperback]

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Book Description

Aug. 5 2008 Style School
Dark Horse’s second volume of Japan’s leading manga and anime instructional magazine is on the way! Learn the techniques of Japan’s top manga and anime artists in Style School, showing step-by-step methods to help today’s up-and-coming illustrators master the use of pen, brush, paint, marker, screen tones, computer modeling, and other tricks of the trade. Gain insight into the weapons of choice of today’s top creators, especially those brands and tools that are so hard to find outside Japan. See for the first time the eye-popping art of tomorrow’s manga and anime stars, with page after gorgeous page of spectacular visual imagination. And find out how to submit your work to be considered for publication in upcoming issues of SS Magazine in Japan!

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By Ryo
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Look at the price tag. Look at it! For that price, getting a book full of illustrations made by professional and amateur illustrators around the globe is a steal! When you purchase this colourful volume, you get both completed pictures and Work-In-Progress step-by-step illustrations by professionals using different mediums. This book contains lots and lots of wonderful images, all in a relatively high definition, ready for ogling. What this book fail to deliver, is white spaces. That's right! This thing has so much illustrations that the negative part is the lack of white spaces! The techniques they talk about in this book is a tad more difficult than your average run-of-the-mill How-To tutorials you may find at your local book/art/hobby store. They talk about the materials in detail, from G-Tec Pens to brushes to Photoshop. More than that, there are photo to go along the in-detail progression of drawings and paintings. This book is for hardcore manga illustrators. It's not for the faint of heart. There will be instances of Barbie-Doll nudity, lots of gorgeous heart-stopping details and seizure-inducing colour. Overall, this is a must have for manga illustrator fanatics. If you are looking for a beginner tutorial book, you will be slightly disappointed. But if your goal is to find your path into the world of colour and styling, this is the book for you. Good luck.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality June 21 2010
By Adam Mongroo - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is bigger than it looks on Amazon ^_^ when i got it i was suprised at how big it was, that makes it even better as an art book, all pages are glossy and full page illustrations. The book itself is not heavy on tutorials, it has some, the rest of the book contains art from artist. All in all its a great book, if you want to get into the anime style, it showcases various styles, not only from Japan but around the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful July 6 2009
By Che Yang - Published on Amazon.com
This product gave a wonderful review over materials that many graphic novel artists or simply just artists use. I think it's a great book for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge or just want to review over materials they may have forgotten about. Great book and I really recommend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a book for learning more about different styles and becoming inspired Feb. 18 2013
By AliceTea - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot give this book 5 stars bc i feel like it could be so much better.

This book is much like the first volume. This is more of a book to inspire u, open ur mind to different styles, and show u how to get some of those styles, than an book to teach beginners.

This books consists mostly of a variety of submitted art, but also:
Tutorials for different mediums
How-to on drawing people (mostly using a girls body) including the bending of the arm and sitting
How-to on creating environments such as buildings
Creating perspective
Testing paper, showing acrylics, transparent watercolors, and pencil look on 6 different types of paper
Talks about illustration using screentone by listing the different screentones used, what they were used for, and different tools.
Talks about the french and japanese site mangapop
Contains many comments and tips from the author including a section where they answer fanmail

There are visual and written tutorials for different mediums done by the same artists from the first volume: colored inks (1), photoshop (2), acrylics (1), copic markers (1), crow quills and screentone (1), crow quills (1). These tutorials are not rlly for beginners. These are more on how to get the style and look (thus the name style school). You have to already have an idea of what ur doing. They are not very detailed with the materials used but it always lists the paper that was used.

The colored ink tutorial is more on the order of steps taken, which colors were laid first in the painting, and a lil hint on how to use the many colors. This shows u how to get a light and very colorful painting.

The first photoshop tutorial is more about how to use a pencil drawing, texture, one color gray shading, then add basic color, and layered coloring to make an almost simple yet abstract look.

In the acrylic tutorial, they use liquitex acrylics, which is more watery. This one, unlike the colored ink tutorial, gives u an idea on how to shade when painting.

The copic marker tutorial is not my favorite..style, though the tips are plentiful and helpful. Shows u how to color/blend the skin, creases in the clothes, hair blue and dirty blonde (both which has a shiny look), round fruit, leaves, antique crown including the puffy velvet fabric, and the background (which they use multiple colors and designs). In the written directions, it tells the color code of the markers being used.

The second photoshop tutorial shows u how to get this grungey yet plain look by taking a pencil sketch, adding simple base colors, then layering the shadows done with pencil on top, and adjusting the picture to bring it together by using low opacity brushes and adding texture. This is one of my favorites.

The crow quills and screentone tutorial takes u along as they ink over a sketch then shows u how to use screentone by scraping it. This one had an almost sketchy look.

The crow quil tutorial has a delicate look and shows u how to get a shadowed look where things overlap, such as with feathers, how to ink hair, nails, and eyes including the irises, and how to take care of the nib of the quil.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great inspiration for anime/manga style artists, beginners and pros will appreciate it. Sept. 19 2013
By Dweezy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is great for inspiration when it comes to finding your own style of anime drawing. Very colorful pages and sturdy book that should last for quite some time. Great for beginners looking to copy a style of drawing and for pros just looking for that something to liven up your art.
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it but it wasn't what I expected March 5 2013
By Talia Benson - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like the book, it was just not what I expected exactly. I thought it would be more of showing you how to draw. I feel they should show a few more pictures of the inside.
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