Manga characters can be large and menacing, or cute and cuddly. The basic techniques to master in order to create convincing manga characters and backgrounds are not difficult to learn. In this handy little book, the essentials of drawing manga are highlighted and explained, and scores of examples are shown so that anyone can practise and easily create great manga works of art. After a round-up of the tools and materials readers are likely to find most useful, the book highlights numerous helpful tips for drawing convincing manga through a mix of step-by-step photographs and finished examples. All examples are drawn from different manga subgenres and include a mix of pencil, inked, and coloured illustrations. Manga Tips is the ideal visual reference to this exciting genre, and will help anyone who wants to get started in manga producing successful works of their own.
Keith Sparrow has read and collected comics since he was a child. He has created hundreds of storyboards, including one for the animation movie Space Jam and illustrated several children's educational books for Channel 4 and the BBC. He became a fan of manga and anime after reading Akira. Among his current projects is a cartoon strip about a pug called Dave. Keith prefers to draw and ink by hand, but colours on computer. He is the author and illustrator of four previous how to books on manga.