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Pop Manga How to Draw Review

Pop Manga is a how to draw manga characters book, written by Camilla D’errico and Stephen W. Martin. Released in 2013, it shows step by step how to draw an array of manga character eyes, hair, clothing, and so on. Camilla D’errico is a visual artist who has drawn for many companies such as Sanrio, Dark Horse Comics, Tokyopop, Disney and more. She is well-known for her comics Tanpopo and Sky Pirates of Neo Terra.

The first lesson starts with drawing girl eyes. The instructions are explained as simply clear which makes them easy to follow. There is also good advice on differences between drawing adult and younger eyes. As D’errico explains, “They should be half the size of teenagers’ or kids’ eyes.” After learning to draw manga eyes, next it goes briefly in depth on how to draw noses and mouths. When getting to drawing hair there are many pages full of useful and interesting hairstyle references to choose from.

The following lesson is drawing an entire manga character face. In eight steps it shows how to do easy yet intricate line work for a girl’s face. What is also helpful about this drawing book is that is explains simply how to draw the characters from differing angles, starting with the front view, three-quarter view, and profile view.

Between each drawing lesson there are miniature fun to read side quotes from the author explaining the meaning of her paintings. Next, there is drawing manga expressions. Examples of gender neutral range of emotions are displayed. From there on there is how to draw the rest of the body, mascots and chibis, and some of the characters from Helmetgirls and Tanpopo.

The book is written with a clear easy to follow instructional method that is interesting. I find that children and adults who are new to drawing manga could have fun learning to draw manga characters from Pop Manga. Another thing is this book inspired me to draw more often. The instructions are not overwhelmingly long; it has just the right amount of detail. Everything in this book is said in an upbeat friendly tone.

This book is a helpful introduction to drawing manga characters in depth for any age. If you are a fan of manga and anime like I am, and want to create your own artwork, then this book is a great resource.

I wrote this review after I learned to draw manga characters from this book. I purchased Pop Manga from a local bookstore.

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