Draw Like an Artist: 100 Lessons To Create Anime and Manga Characters

Quarry. Apr. 2024. 112p. ISBN 9780760385715. pap. $19.99. CRAFTS
Award-winning comics artist/illustrator Brennan-Dent is a storyboarder, animator, and voice actor for High Hopes, Low Rolls, a D&D animated web series. His book teaches readers how to draw a wide range of anime characters, from fantasy and Shōnen to sci-fi and horror. The introduction provides six tips and exercises to help beginners, followed by hundreds of characters and styles for readers to emulate or to use as inspiration for building their own characters. Brennan-Dent’s drawings focus on expression and action, rather than solely stagnant characters or scenes, and he urges beginner artists to consider the personalities and storyline of their characters. Newbies may find it easiest to follow each character drawing step by step, but the book is structured in a way that encourages more intermediate artists to play around with different styles and genres to create characters of their own. The book also includes more visual guidance than written directions.
VERDICT Great for beginners and intermediate artists and for fans of anime, manga, and the web series High Hopes, Low Rolls. Best for readers who prefer visual over written instructions.
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