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Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art


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The Basics of Manga: * An introduction to manga * Drawing features and anatomy * Expressions * Clothing * Poses Designing Characters Coloring your Characters: * Copic markers * Colored ink * Water colors * Digital * Pencil crayons

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About the Author

Steven Cummings is an American comic book artist who has worked for the likes of DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and is currently a member of the famous Udon Entertainment team in Japan. Gonzalo Ordonez specializes in manga characters and is the author of the popular book Legendary Visions: The Art of Genzoman 3DTotal Publishing was launched in 2010, as the publishing arm of popular digital art website 3DTotal.com. As well as self-publishing the next volumes in the pre-existing Digital Art Masters and Digital Painting Techniques series, 3DTotal Publishing has successfully launched a number of new titles including Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop, ZBrush Character Sculpting and Elysium - The Art of Daarken.


"Overall, this book is more on understanding the style of manga art, and the tutorials that show you how to create them" - Teoh Yi Chie Parka Blogs

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