Review: Doodletopia Manga by Christopher Hart

March 23, 2017 4 stars, Book Review 1 ★★★★

Review: Doodletopia Manga by Christopher HartDoodletopia: Manga by Christopher Hart
Published by Watson-Guptill on June, 21, 2016
Genres: Arts or Crafts
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback
Source: Blogging for Books

*This book was provided by the Blogging for Books for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

An interactive doodle book from the best-selling art instruction author and cartoon master that pairs illustrating insights with drawing, designing, coloring, and crafting activities for aspiring manga artists.

For years, Christopher Hart has given readers the tools and techniques needed to learn how to draw and cartoon. With the Doodletopia series, Hart offers his readers a chance to practice and perfect their artistic skills. Filled with page after page of chibi, kawaii, and shoujo characters, Doodletopia: Manga provides aspiring manga artists with activities to stimulate their creativity. After covering the basics of rendering cute manga characters, Hart sets readers loose to interact with the book's many exercises and challenges, including sections where readers can draw a companion for an already drawn character, create their own emojis, and complete their own scenes. Readers can design manga bookmarks, stationery, and even get started developing their own manga graphic novels. Pairing the informative content for which Hart is beloved with myriad opportunities for creative expression, Doodletopia: Manga offers aspiring artists the next level of interactive art instruction.

Doodletopia: Managa: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Cute Manga Characters and More is a book that focuses on the “chibi” style of manga that is very popular among readers and artists that like kawaii. Kawaii is a super cutesy type of art as well as collectibles and items, even a fashion statement. This book definitely captures the chibi and kawaii style of manga and will help someone new to drawing chibis or manga learn the little basics of what helps to set your style into that genre. Its a fun and cute art style and I liked how the book really gave you the basics of form that then you can build upon to take in whichever direction you like.

Overly large heads, simple lines, cute smiles, expressions and poses this book definitely covers all of that. The part of the book I enjoyed the most is towards the end where you see the full figure bare bones posed art with the simplest of shapes. Posing is often the hardest thing about drawing characters in manga as well as any art style. So I always find these sections of any art book the most helpful especially when they are drawn in the scale that fits the style you are going for, in this case chibi/kawaii manga.

I’d definitely recommend this for any budding young artist who is wanting to jump into drawing their own little chibi characters as it’ll give you some good groundwork to lay your own creativity upon.

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