"Idiot's Guides: Manga" Review

"Idiot's Guides: Manga"
by 9colorstudio

Publisher: Alpha

Release Date: Sep 3, 2013

Source: sent by publisher

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Summary from dk.com:
Whether you have little drawing experience or are just new to the style, Idiot's Guide®: Drawing Manga is the essential guide for the beginner joining the Japanese Manga craze.

The creative minds behind 9colorstudio offer a simplified approach with easy step-by-step instructions and mini-lessons, set out as if you were having a drawing lesson. Learn to draw the basic features of characters with line-by-line walkthroughs and practise some of today's recognised styles. In no time, you will be able to create your own crazy characters in many of the most popular Manga styles. Or, use your understanding of the basics to develop a style that is unique to you.

My Review:

This fully illustrated guide to drawing Manga is a really great guide for beginner or intermediate artists wanting to try out some Manga specific techniques. You will also learn some basics in proportion and expression. I love that book teaches you to draw many different types of people, from toddler to older adult, all in both male and female forms.

The section on drawing eyes was especially insightful to me. The Manga eyes are very stylized and it was great to see so many different ways to draw them. Eyes can really make or break a character.

The finishing touches that make a Manga character Manga are a lot of fun to see. I've already mentioned the eyes, but also the specific styles and ways of drawing hair and clothing really make your character into the Manga style.

The author makes the drawing look very easy, and the lessons are broken down into simple steps. The reader isn't expected to make something too complicated. One thing I love about this way of teaching is that it is so easy to make the character your own, by adding a few of your own touches here and there.

Bottom Line: For an artist wanting to learn the Manga style, or brush up on different features to make their drawings look more stylized, this is an excellent guide. The lessons are easy to follow, and the drawings are a lot of fun to create!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Think this would make a great gift for the manga fan! Thanks for the heads up, as some of my friends are really hard to shop for. :)

  2. Looks pretty cool!! :D
    I love the manga style, much more more than comic :)

  3. I need a guide for reading Manga. I have a few but to be honest I'm intimidated for some reason.


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