101 Top Tips from Professional Manga Artists

Before I write my review of this book, let me first say that I am not a professional artist. I am not even much of an amateur artist; I have dabbled here and there in creating comics, drawing and trying to put together artistic creations as gifts, but my work is in no way near what could be called “art.” That said, I chose to review this book because I do want to learn art, and get better at it. And because I have always been interested in Manga, I wanted to see what this book was all about.

101 Top Tips from Professional Manga Artists by Sonia Leong is not really for someone unfamiliar with the world of Manga art, but it was definitely a thorough look into what creating Manga involves. Not only do the artists share pointers on creating Manga art, they give valuable tips on software you can use as well as step-by-step instructions on how to use certain programs for creating Manga. There are also tips about what this software can and cannot do for the Manga artist.

There is also information in this book about creating art on paper, because for a lot of artists, one I know personally, the art is created first on paper then scanned onto the computer. It offers tips on making sure the page bleed is accurate so the final art won’t be messed up when put together for the end result, as well as pointers on using font and speech bubbles. There’s tips on creating creatures, dressing characters and even styling their hair. It also shares important information on drawing weapons and buildings. Finally, the book offers important tips for anyone who is serious about being a professional artist.

101 Top Tips from Professional Manga Artists is a valuable collection of tips and strategies for Manga artists and this book should be on the desk of any artist interested in pursuing a career in drawing Manga.

101 Top Tips from Professional Manga Artists is a book where some of today's top professional Manga artists share tips and techniques on creating Manga for print and digital formats. A book that includes fantastic and detailed illustrations with pointers on creating high quality Manga art, it will guide the Manga artist through trouble spots as well as offer advice on how to survive as a professional artist.


Book Blurb for 101 Top Tips from Professional Manga Artists

The great popularity of Japanese comics and animated media has made manga art one of the hottest commodities in today's commercial art market. 101 Top Tips from Professional Manga Artists shows illustrators how to succeed in that market. Written by two successful manga artists, with additional insights from a select group of fellow professionals, this illustration-packed book covers all aspects of manga art, presenting advice and instruction on--

Research and inspiration for graphic and story ideas Tools and equipment Drawing characters, with attention to hairstyles, expressions, and poses Adding backgrounds, props, and elements from nature Creating illustrations in black and white, in color, painting in Photoshop, and using markers Creating comics with story, script, speech bubbles, and graphic sound effects Preparing finished work for the web and for print

Here in a single volume is virtually everything an illustrator needs to know in order to create successful manga art for a variety of media. More than 400 color illustrations.


Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2013 5.00