Draw Manga: Step-by-Step On Your Computer Paperback – May 7 2007
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From my copy:
* No drawing skills required! Download or scan the line art provided and start work straight away.
* Step-by-step instructions mean that even the Photoshop novice will not get lost or confused.
* Create a professional-looking and high quality image.
* The next best thing to having a mangaka [professional manga artist] teaching you at home.
* Suitable for all age groups.
Every manga fan needs Draw Manga Step-by-Step on Your Computer - the most detailed book on creating digital manga, ever. The book guides you through a practical instruction course to create your very own manga artwork. From scanning in a basic sketch, through cleaning it up and colouring it in Photoshop, to adding detailed special effects - you'll achieve stunning results in no time.
Techniques for adding shadows and highlights to bring hair, skin and eyes to life are clarified, and shortcuts and expert tips are revealed to make the process simpler and faster. The book explains, in clear and precise steps, how to create the manga artwork shown on the cover, and provides all the guidance you need to create your own images in the future.
Draw Manga: Step-By-Step on Your Computer is the closest you can get to personal tuition from a professional manga artist.
Unlike other books, that describe the process of colouring a cartoon or comic book illustration using Photoshop using text and pictures, this manual gives you an outline illustration to download from a website and then guides you through the process of colouring it through a series of step-by-step illustrated instructions (all 275 of them!!).
You won't get a lot of (if any) background descriptions of Photoshop or its capabilites. What you will get is a complete practical tutorial on how to use Photoshop for one specific application - the colouring of Manga comics. They say that the best way to learn how to do something is to do it! And that is exactly what this manual provides.
If that is what you want (and I did) then I thoroughly recommend this book as being unique in this area.