Review: Manga Art by Mark Crilley

March 15, 2018 4 stars 2 ★★★★

Review: Manga Art by Mark CrilleyManga Art by Mark Crilley
on June 6, 2017
Genres: Arts or Crafts
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.

The world of manga (Japanese comics) has captured the imagination of artists, both aspiring and professional alike. Now best-selling artist and art instructor Mark Crilley presents the most complete look yet at the variety of creative options available in the world of manga. Crilley fills each chapter with gorgeous, original artwork created with a variety of tools (pencils, colored pencils, digital art, pen and ink, and more) and in a variety of manga-inspired styles. He pairs each piece with information on the materials used and the inspiration that led to its creation. Manga Art provides readers a one-of-a-kind chance to hear from one of the leading artists in the field of manga instruction, as he reveals the unlimited possibilities of manga and the creative secrets behind over 100 pieces of original, never-before-seen artwork.

Manga Art by Mark Crilley subheading describes it as a source of inspiration and techniques. After reading thru the book it felt more like a conversation that the artist was having with me, telling me about their past experience and knowledge of anime and the art style and suggesting trying this or that. The other side of the conversation of course being in my head…I didn’t talk out loud to the book I swear.
I think initially upon seeing this book, I likely would have picked it up for a young family friend who wants to get into anime drawing without realizing that it is NOT a how to book. So keep that in mind if you are wanting a how to draw style book this is not what this book is. Though it mentions techniques in the subtitle that is exactly all it does is mention the techniques the book really does not go deep into the how of any of these techniques.
Really though I enjoyed the book and the artists background experience and knowledge of the different things that we commonly see in anime. I felt like we shared a common love for anime and if you’re the sort that just likes to read about someone familiar with the anime style and field then I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it. It touches on commonly reoccurring things and elements of anime. Like have you noticed you tend to see lots of scenes of riding on trains, or where the anime star of the high school animes typically sit and lunch scenes and just those nifty common things you see. I like that he touched on these things.
So this is definitely a light read for your anime lover who wants to read about the art or creating anime.
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Tabitha (Pabkins)

When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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2 Responses to “Review: Manga Art by Mark Crilley”

  1. Melissa (My words and pages)

    I would have thought the same at first sight of the book. Cool to learn it’s more than that. 🙂 Thank you!