Master the manga drawing basics with Sweatdrop Studios’ beginner’s guide to the popular Japanese comic style
Sweatdrop Studios is a UKbased comic collaborative group that specialises in manga. Created by lifetime devotees of the medium, it’s the wisdom of these experts you’ll be learning from in this book.
Guiding would-be manga artists through the basics of tools, head shapes and action lines, Drawing Manga progresses to projects set by master artists via character design and colour theory. Each section is broken down into easy-to-follow steps, so artists will have no trouble bringing the lessons to life on the page.
Note that Drawing Manga is pitched squarely at beginners. Regular ImagineFX readers with even a passing awareness of the medium will be familiar with the theories and stylistic quirks that are clearly explained here. They’ll soon be reaching for the next book that will them help take these concepts to the next level.
Although not necessarily thorough, Drawing Manga does an admirable job of laying down the medium’s core techniques, along with useful insights into drawing figures and proportion that should provide a strong foundation for further development.
Selina Dean uses traditional media – pencil, ink and watercolours – to create this young adventurer.
Morag Lewis’ fairy princess is used to highlight the thinking behind colour choices.