Manga for the Beginner

Figure It Out! The Beginner's Guide to Drawing People

Manga for the Beginner:
Everything you Need to Start Drawing Right Away!

Published by Random House
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Got manga? Christopher Hart’s got manga, and he wants to share it with all his millions of readers—especially the beginners. With Manga for the Beginner, anyone who can hold a pencil can start drawing great manga characters right away. Using his signature step-by-step style, Hart shows how to draw the basic manga head and body, eyes, bodies, fashion, and more. Then he goes way beyond most beginner titles, exploring dynamic action poses, special effects, light and shading, perspective, popular manga types such as animals, anthros, and shoujo and shounen characters. By the end of this big book, the new artist is ready to draw dramatic story sequences full of movement and life.

The Manga Head 10
Teen Girl 12
Teen Boy 20
Sparkling Manga Eyes 26
Shoujo Eye Styles 28
Eye Expressions 30
Manga Hair 32
The Basic Manga Body 36
Front View 38
Side View 40
3/4 View 42
3/4 Rear View 43
Rear View 44
Natural Standing Poses 45
Age/Height Comparison 50
Hands 52
Clothing & Costumes 56
Clothing Styles for Different Stages of Life 58
Schoolgirl Uniforms 60
Schoolboy Outfits 61
Superchic Outfits 62
Magical Girl Costumes 63
Dynamic Action Poses 64
Simple Jab 66
Sword Strike 68
Playful Run 70
Forward Charge 72
Flying 74
Popular Manga Characters 76
Chibi Girl 78
Pretty Teen Girl 81
Handsome Teen Boy 84
Martial Arts Fighter 87
Female Mecha Fighter 90
Vampire 93
Cute Manga Animals 96
Fluffy Cat 98
Playful Puppy 99
Cute Mouse 100
Tiny Chipmunk 101
Bunny Rabbit 102
Charming Tortoise 103
Graceful Deer 104
Magical Unicorn 106
Anthros 108
Cat 110
Lioness 112
Tiger 114
Fox 116
Wolf 118
Shounen Characters 120
Teen Fighter Girl 122
Classic Teen Hero 126
Cyberpunk 130
Magical Fighter 134
Fantasy Fighter 138
Martial Arts Master 142
The Ninja: Master of Ninjitsu 146
Kung Fu Grand Master 150
Spider Monster 153
Mansect 158
The Giant 162
Basic Drawing Techniques 166
Linework 168
Adding Gray Tones and Special Effects 170
Using Light and Shadow 172
Types of Lighting 174
That Special Glow 175
Special Effects Lettering 176
One-Point Perspective 178
Two-Point Perspective 182
Three-Point Perspective 184
When Vanishing Points Fall
outside the Picture 186
The Landscape in Perspective 188
Sequential Panels 190
Index 192