Monday, July 24, 2017

Book review: Manga Art

The first book by Mark Crilley I read was The Drawing Lesson. I enjoyed the creative approach to his teaching. When I came across his Manga Art: Inspiration and Techniques from an Expert Illustrator, I knew I had to read it. And I have to say, this book encompasses much more than lessons in Manga drawing - you get a peek into the artist's thoughts behind the drawings and that is invaluable!

The book is divided into five chapters - Characters, Japan, Science Fiction, Conceptual Art and Styleplay. Before diving into the details of techniques, the author says something that really rang true with me.

"If by chance these pictures inspire you to pick up a pencil and start creating manga characters of your own, by all means go for it. You will find yourself on a path that I and so many others have followed for years, one that is rich in both challenges and rewards. Keep at it long enough and you'll be the one putting your spin on the manga style, expanding the tradition, and deepening it in a way that only you can."
I think this keeping up your practice till you find your unique spin holds for any style of art making. 

My favorite picture from the book is on p. 67 - Next to the Window, Second Seat from the Back of the Classroom. Such beautiful coloring to make the play of light come alive in a dreamy way!

A wonderful book for not only manga artists but for anyone who enjoys drawing!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

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