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When looking for guide books on drawing I always look for Christopher Hart after buying this and Manga for the Beginner Chibis.
The book goes to show in detail how to draw eyes and faces bodies, everything as well as talking about the body scale that is typical of this style so you can go off on your own and make up your own characters in this Shoujo style with out having to rely on the book once you understand the principles.
its a great reference book I can't fault it and its one of my go to books. for more advanced artists in this style I could see it being only a minimal help.
I bought this for my 12yr old grandaughter, after downloading the sample, which she thought was really good. The full book is even better, and her drawing technique has greatly improved. The only problem is she now wants to monopolise my Kindle every time she visits.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to start drawing Manga.
This guide is very useful for the beginner, and I would recommend it to anyone. However, I would have liked the book to have guidelines for every pose or character, rather than some guidelines and then other completed pictures that give you no idea of how to draw it. Otherwise, a very good learning book.
My daughter is 11 and is a little budding artist. She discovered manga this year and boy is she hooked! Shoujo is her favorite genre, so she went bananas over this how-to. Although she started by drawing the exact tutorials, she is now creating her own characters. I have bought her several of these Christopher Hart books and I can't believe how much she's improved in a short time.
I like this book. For first, it has beautiful pictures. Christopher Hart is one of my favorite authors, along with Mark Crilley. Shoujo is my favorite style of manga, and this really helped me. Not only for my drawing skill, too.
At my school, my art teacher was talking about Japanese styles of drawing, and she gave us a assignment to write a comic that uses a Japanese style. You didn't have to draw though. So I got this book and it totally helped! I got a A!
So if you want to learn how to draw manga and your a beginner, or your looking for ideas as a advanced or expert drawing, this book is for you!