Review: How To Draw Manga Books 4

I’m pretty sure you came across them in book stores or on the Internet. Maybe you flipped through the pages and have put them back on the shelf. Afterwards you wondered if they really would be helpful, these How To Draw Manga Books.

As I’m one of the many who couldn’t resist buying some of them (there are so many!) I reviewed them for you in text and video:

How To Draw Manga – Getting Started is the first book I review in this video. It really gives a good guideline for your first adventures of drawing cute characters. Of course are the drawn guidelines (hated by many, though I don’t understand why that is) part of the course.

As we are living in a digital age and many new artists going to create their artwork directly into their computers, I think that you can tear out or at least skip the first 35 pages of the book. The main content of this introduction are the many kinds of pencils, pens and other materials that are used when you decide to make real life drawings on real paper.

Compiling Characters is the second book that absorbed my interest. In this book you can skip the first 35 pages (25% of the book) as well. But even though it helps a lot to transform your ideas about your character into an actual drawing. Especially if you need some help and inspiration when it comes to giving your character the right facial expressions and body shapes this book is for you.

The book on Female Characters and Bishoujo could have been put together in one book. This is my opinion, but I’m sure the publishers had something in mind when they decided that every book had to have 128 pages (at least in the Dutch versions).
Male artist who (like me) like to draw females get a detailed course about the drawing of breasts here.

Not just in Japanese style comic strips you will sooner or later be confronted with the challenge of drawing a fighting scene. Thus, if you not just willing to draw romantic or otherwise dramatic scenarios the Fighting Scene book should have a place on your book shelf. Every aspect of this kind of scenes is brought into the material of this course. Including the use of speed lines, that are by the way really easily added in Manga Studio.

One of the most discussed and asked about topics in comic drawing is about Bodies and Anatomy. Every muscle of the body is described.
I nearly dare say that you could also buy a medical book if you flip through this part of this how-to-draw-books. There are just two important differences: medical books are much more expensive and this book is much more fun to read and work with.

I hope you found this little overview/review useful and I’m grateful for your visit as always. Hope to see you back soon.

Have fun with your hobby!

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4 thoughts on “Review: How To Draw Manga Books

    • Mario Post author

      Thank you for your response and sorry for my late reaction on it (the server detected me as a hacker of my own site and blocked me for 20 hours, lol).

      I hope this stuff is useful!


  • Miguel Guerra

    Hi Mario,

    I own almost all of these books in both in English and Japanese. The reason I have some in Japanese is well they started getting imported years ago here in the U.S first in Japanese. I found them at the time to be so revealing into the process of how to make comics that I still go to them every once in awhile when I get stumped on something or need clarification. The toughest one to find are the reference ones in which they have motorcycle, car scenes and many other things like passengers in airplanes. there’s also a volume on drawing animals which is fantastic. I’m happy to see your review these books. It’s a big series but worth every penny I’ve spent. Simply, they teach good draftsmanship that will carry over to drawing even western styled comics. I have plenty of other books I wish I didn’t spend money on but live and learn. LOL!