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Book Title: Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comics|
The author of the book: Christopher Hart
ISBN 13: 9780823030354
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 5.63 MB
Date of issue: April 1st 2001
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During the anime boom that began about 15 years ago, these "how to draw manga" books exploded onto the market. Naturally, as a fan of shows such as Evangelion and FLCL, I wanted to draw something similar in style, so I found myself looking for these books, and to accumulate a small collection of them. When one looks for these books, ideally you want to find works written and illustrated by actual manga-ka, or illustrators of manga. Unfortunately, while I was lucky enough to snag a couple volumes of Sketching Manga, the best "how to draw manga" books have all but disappeared from the shelves. Now their place is held by one of the biggest charlatans of the art world, Christopher Hart.
I find this unfortunate, because amateur artists are now looking into Hart's work, even though his instructions aren't actually a useful foundation for illustration. Rather than showing how to begin a character illustration, set up a pose, and so on, Hart will just start with a pose and expect the reader to do the same. How is this helpful for a beginner that wants to learn how to create original works? It isn't. Instead, they learn how to draw the poses and illustrations that Hart has created. They've learned nothing on anatomy, abstraction, or just about anything that a fresh, naive, newbie artist needs to illustrate their own characters. His level of instruction is like that of an elementary school art teacher who has you do specific projects similar to what she's done, while not cultivating the style of the individual.
So let's assume that you actually do learn something from Christopher Hart's book. Congratulations! You've learned crappy art. If you've developed even the slightest eye for talent, it's really obvious that Hart's work is really low-tier. Just compare his art with the work of actual Japanese character artists, such as Yoshiyuki Sadamoto of Evangelion and FLCL, Toshihiro Wakamoto of Cowboy Bebop, and Takeshi Obata of Death Note and Bakuman. Compared to actual big names of Japanese animation and comic books, Chritopher Hart's work just can't measure up. If I were to learn art from a big name, I'd want advice from industry veterans, not a rank amateur. And while his recent works show a jump in quality, he's still not to the level where I'd want to learn from him.
Normally, I write reviews for myself. However, for Christopher Hart's books, I leave a warning. Before you decide to pick up his work, consider the question of whether or not there's something better, to which I'd say, "There is." If anyone reads this, I'll leave a list of artists and books on the subject of art instruction that are more useful.
Graphic-Sha's "How to Draw Manga" and "Sketching Manga" series
Artists to avoid:
Arisa Suyama - I came across a book by her on Amazon. Strong voices tell me that most of the work is ripped off and her own work is crap.
While I generally avoid telling people to torrent on the internet, I'll make an exception for the "Sketching Manga" series by Grpahic-Sha. They're my favorite books by that publisher, though it's unfortunate to say that the series was cancelled and no longer printed. The only place you'll easily find them is online, ranging anywhere into the hundreds of dollars. That's not exactly helpful to artists who are interested in the books. To that I say, "Torrent away!" After all, since you can't actually buy these books new anymore, you can't actually contribute to Graphic-Sha and its artists by buying them from resellers at extremely marked-up prices.
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I started drawing character designs for a small animation studio in San Diego, California, when I was still in High School in Los Angeles. I used to drive 136 miles, each way, on the weekends, when I was 16, just for the opportunity to get paid to draw. Cartooning was a magical experience to me.
I graduated from High School, and attended the character animation program at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. At Cal-Arts, we had to do a lot of intense animation, which I found tedious. I was more interested in character design, and story, rather than drawing twelve poses to create one second of movement. It wasn't for me.
So I left and enrolled in, and graduating from, New York University. The social scene at Valencia consisted of a sandwich shop, where you could buy a magazine, if you got there early enough. New York city had slightly more to offer.
After I graduated, I worked as a staff writer on several NBC prime-time, comedy-variety television shows. I also wrote for 20th Century Fox, MGM-Pathe', The Showtime Cable TV Network and Paramount Pictures. But then the Writer's Guild went on strike. Writers in Hollywood weren't allowed to work for TV or the screen. So I went back to my cartooning roots. And I began writing for the Blondie comic strip, and began contributing regularly to Mad Magazine, and did some cartooning for magazines.
My cartoon work got noticed by Watson-Guptill, a premier publisher of art books. They asked me to do a book for them on drawing cartoons. They had never done that before. The result was 'How to Draw Cartoons for Comic Strips,' and it sold briskly. They asked me to do another, and then another. Well, I've sold over 3 million books domestically since then, have 19 translations, and I'm still at it.
My book, 'Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comics,' quickly became the number one selling art book in the country (source: Bookscan). It is also the winner of the prestigious New Jersey Library Association's Garden State Teen Book Award for 2004 in the category of nonfiction for grades 6-12.
The Young Adult Library Services Association selected two of my books for their prestigious "2003 Quick Picks for Young Adults." Those titles are: "Anime Mania: How to Draw Characters for Japanese Animation" and "Mecha Mania: How to Draw the Battling Robots, Cool Spaceships, and Military Vehicles of Japanese Comics." my title, 'Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comics,' was selected for 2002.
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) chose my book, 'Drawing Faeries: A Believer's Guide,' for their 2004 'Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults' reading list. The 'Children of the New Earth' online magazine awarded the book its 'CNE seal of Excellence.'
My book, "Manhwa Mania," which introduces Korean style comics to manga audiences, was chosen as a "Quick Pick for Relunctant Young Readers" by the American Library Association in 2006, ages 12-18.
In 2004, I was asked by the Loew-Cornell Art Supply Company to develop a series of eight top-quality art kits, which would feature my manga, cartooning and comic drawings. The kits are now completed. They will be available, on Amazon, in fall, 2006.
My work has also been been featured in such publications as American Artist, Newtype (the premier manga publication), Mad Magazine, Highlights for Children, Crayola Kids, Ranger Rick, Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy and Boy's Life. My tutorials have been featured on Animation World Network, one of the leading websites of the animation industry. I've also been a cover story on the industry trade magazine, "Publisher's Weekly."
And if you've read this far into my bio, then I'm more impressed with you than you are with me!
Thank you so very much for letting me offer some inspiration to you in your art adventures. Keep Drawing!
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