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
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.