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A single pair of glasses can alter the impression a character projects. A bicycle, motorcycle, or car suggests a character's idiosyncrasies. Weapons that a character might wield, such as a sword or gun, are elements indispensable to a fantasy setting. This sixth installment of Graphic-Sha's How to Draw Manga companion series, Sketching Manga-Style, is an outstanding and comprehensive handbook covering the techniques in depicting large and small props... more...

Sketching as an art form concerned with the quality and volume of information requires three skills: skill in communication, skill in composition, and skill in visual portrayal. The artist taps into these three skills while carrying out a clear plan. Manga sketching, which goes one step further, involves the skill of making the fantastic seem plausible. It also involves skills in determining the quality of the information to be conveyed and how much of... more...

If an artist can draw an appealing character but is only able to create a flat, two-dimensional rendition, then that artist lacks sufficient skills in portrayal. Being able to create the illusion of three-dimensional space on a flat surface allows you, the artist, to portray a space with depth. Positioning a character within that space then allows you to create a richly portrayed scene with impact. Knowing perspective techniques is absolutely essential... more...

Introduction to drawing comic art in the Japanese "Manga" Style