Title : Anime Mania: How to Draw Characters for Japanese Animation (Manga Mania)
ASIN : 082300158X
Description : There’s no doubt about it: Japanese animation is hot. Television shows, films, and videos featuring the anime style of animation are wildly popular. Japanese animation is like a comic book come to life, retaining all its power but in moving form. It has a very different style from traditional western animation, incorporating heavy shading, dramatic camera angles, and beautifully rendered special effects—especially the fantastic anime depictions of ocean waves, storms, smoke, and explosions. Easier to draw than its western counterpart, anime is more limited and simpler in its execution. In Japanese anime the characters move, but their movements are generally staccato, sharp, and dramatic—not free-flowing with lots of overlapping action, anticipation, and follow-through.
In Anime Mania, famous cartoonist, teacher, and best-selling author Christopher Hart demonstrates how any comic book artist can become expert in this wonderful style of animation. Step by step, he details how to draw the coolest anime characters from the widest selection of popular styles: high-tech cyberpunks who live in the world of the future; teen characters—with troubled relationships at school, home, and on the street; and mighty monsters, fantasy warriors, and giant robots. Aspiring animators will also find chapters on anime’s spectacular special effects, the role of storyboarding in anime, sketching and the art of character design, and a mini-crash course in perspective. The book concludes with interviews with Scott Frazier, an American anime director working in Japan, and Mahiro Meada, a renowned Japanese animation director.
Brimming with hundreds of spectacular examples, illustrations, and step-by-step exercises, Anime Mania details how anyone can become a real anime artist without having to reinvent the art of drawing.
Category: Study & Teaching
Brand: Watson Guptill
Item Page Detail URL : link
Rating : 2.9
Rating : 37
Review : Kids Will Like This Book. Serious Anime Fans Will Not.
I would rename this book, THE ART OF WESTERNIZED ANIME. The colorful illustrations are great, but there isn’t much instruction on “How To” achieve the drawings. It’s a much better idea-generator book. There has also been some criticism about the “Americanized” anime used in this book. I agree that hard-core Anime fans will notice right away that there is something “wrong” with the drawings, the characteristic anime nose, for example.
Despite the above mentioned, the Pokemon crowd will really enjoy this book. The most obvious reason is that it is in COLOR and is filled with ILLUSTRATIONS. It also has pages of those draw “cute” anime critters. So, while it may not be traditional Anime, the younger crowd is not likely to notice, and may actually prefer the “westernized” look. And the lack of instructions probably works to their advantange as well (don’t most kids like to skip to the end of instructions, anyway?)
For serious Anime fans, who are truly interested in learning…