How to Draw Manga Characters
A Beginner's Guide
J. C. Amberlyn
BRING YOUR IMAGINATION TO LIFE
In her second manga book, best-selling author J.C. Amberlyn focuses on favorite manga archetype characters, with a fun and lively how-to-draw book aimed at beginners. Every genre of manga has its typical characters—plucky hero and heroine; school boys and girls; funny friend/sidekick; serious warrior; young innocent; bishounen; genki girls; chibis; chibi animals; cat girls/cat boys; magical girls; adorable animals; strong/scary animals; gothic characters; fantasy characters—and they are all here along with the step-by-step drawing instructions needed to give even beginners the direction they need to create the favorite characters they can’t get enough of. A final chapter on backgrounds, scenery, and the environment will further give readers the information they need to pull everything together and create their own manga characters and the worlds they live in. Includes 23 step-by-step demonstrations and exercises.
J.C. Amberlyn takes you through everything you need to know to create your favorite manga characters from Japanese comics or design your own.
INCLUDES IN-DEPTH INSTRUCTION ON:
What Is a Character * Creating a Manga Character * This Book * Materials and Supplies
Manga Character Archetypes and Story Genres * Manga Character Types * Some Common Terms and Color Associations
DRAWING THE HEAD AND FACE
Human Heads and Faces * Noses, Ears, and Mouths * Eyes * Hair * Animals
Emotions * Accessories * Exaggerating Features * Using Fur, Feathers, and Scales * Perspective * Animal Expressions * Dragons
BODIES AND GESTURES
Anatomy of a Chibi, Child, Woman, and Man * Gestures * Posture, Angles, and Character Appeal * Clothing and Accessories * Wings * Animal Bodies
SETTINGS, SCENES, AND SAMPLES
Props * Character Design Examples * Silhouettes * Scenes * Character Sheets
Praise for How to Draw Manga Characters
"The perfect book for anyone who wants to understand and draw the Japanese world of Manga characters. If you are new to Manga it explains everything from the different types of humans and creatures as well as the personality traits of each one. The book goes way beyond just simply drawing for drawing sake. You can see how J.C. is able to build a character up from a sketch to a fully clothed and properly posed figure and how to give them the appearance of thought. Something a lot of other books on drawing leave out, but extremely important if you are drawing a comic or creating an animation."
—Marc Spess, author of Secrets of Clay Animation Revealed