Monday, August 7, 2017




from an EXPERT 
by Mark Crilley 
  • $22.99

  • ISBN:978-0-385-34631-3

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The world of manga (Japanese comics) has captured the imagination of artists, both aspiring and professional alike. Now best-selling artist and art instructor Mark Crilley presents the most complete look yet at the variety of creative options available in the world of manga. Crilley fills each chapter with gorgeous, original artwork created with a variety of tools (pencils, colored pencils, digital art, pen and ink, and more) and in a variety of manga-inspired styles. He pairs each piece with information on the materials used and the inspiration that led to its creation. Manga Art provides readers a one-of-a-kind chance to hear from one of the leading artists in the field of manga instruction, as he reveals the unlimited possibilities of manga and the creative secrets behind over 100 pieces of original, never-before-seen artwork.

My Thoughts

I adore MANGA ART INSPIRATION and TECHNIQUES from an EXPERT ILLUSTRATOR It contains 5 sections. Characters, Japan, Science Fiction, Conceptual Art, Style play.

Mark Crilley, addresses drawing Characters from another world and also those down to earth.Telling us, he often thinks up a story to go along with the characters. 

Many examples are provided with complete details. One I enjoy, is his beginning the image in graphite pencil, shading with a brown marker, and then scanning into Photoshop for tinting and finally applying gouache highlights.

When drawing Japan. I like that he focuses on the history. And, when working on Science-Fiction,  he uses many great movies as a base, and reminds reader's, sci-fi does not always need to look futuristic. In Conceptual Art he talks about his process and in Styleplay...ways in which artist mimick art styles.

Throughout the book are a variety of images which lure readers to get out the Bristol Board or at the very least a sketch pad. And, before you know it, you are inspired to use your own artistic freedom, to create a manga-style image.

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