Entry #13

How To Draw Manga Books - not: How to draw some books!

2014-02-02 12:40:02 by ShiroiAkuma

A collection (where to find or what name to look for) for book lovers. I have some of them and I already bookmarked some of them for purchase. I really love drawing/art books, so you might also have some nice suggestions for me that I can add to this list. Also I made this for people who are asking me for a special book. Will be updated unregulary.

I translated the titles as good as I could. Excuse my bad English.

Last update 02.02.2014

Multi-Language available:

Manga characters in dynamic poses:


Japanese: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4766124855

English: Not listed. Prognosis: Hardly probable

Instead use Japanese Version: http://www.amazon.com/Manga-Anime-Fundamental-Breakthrough-Drawing/dp/4766124855

German: http://www.amazon.de/dp/3551752591

Manga characters in their enviroment:


Japanese: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4766124367

English: ? Prognosis: Hardly probable

German: http://www.amazon.de/dp/3551752583

How to Draw Hands & Feet:


Japanese: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4416212542

English: Not listed.

Possible alternate: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1844485226

German: http://www.amazon.de/dp/3551736839

How to Draw Manga, Sketching Manga Style Vol. 1:


Japanese Version: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4766116534

English Version: http://www.amazon.com/dp/4766117093 (English version is overpriced look for cheaper version)

German Version: http://www.amazon.de/dp/3551752427

How to Draw Manga, Sketching Manga Style Vol. 2:


Japanese Version: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4766116844

English Version: http://www.amazon.com/dp/4766117379 (English version is overpriced look for cheaper version)

German Version: http://www.amazon.de/dp/3551752435

How to Draw Manga, Sketching Manga Style Vol. 3:


Japanese Version: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4766117980

English Version: http://www.amazon.com/dp/4766118227 (English version is overpriced look for cheaper version)

German Version: http://www.amazon.de/dp/3551752443

How to Draw Manga, Sketching Manga Style Vol. 4:


Japanese Version: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4766118936

English Version: http://www.amazon.com/dp/4766119142 (English version is overpriced look for cheaper version)

German Version: http://www.amazon.de/dp/3551752451

How to Draw Manga, Sketching Manga Style Vol. 5:


Japanese Version: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4766119851

English Version: http://www.amazon.com/dp/4766120078 (English version is overpriced look for cheaper version)

German Version: http://www.amazon.de/dp/355175246X

How to Draw Manga, Sketching Manga Style Vol. 6: Sketching Three-Dimensional Characters:


Japanese Version: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4766120817

English Version: English version was canceled. English not available.

German Version: http://www.amazon.de/dp/3551752478

How to Draw Manga, Sketching Manga Style Vol. 7: Expressive Sketching

--------Much better than you would think, I would recommend beginners to start with this book.


Japanese Version: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4766120876 

English Version: English version was canceled. English not available.

German Version: http://www.amazon.de/dp/3551752494

How to Draw Manga: The Fundamentals of Manga Draftmanship:


Japanese Version: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4766122046

English Version: Not listed. Prognosis: Hardly probable.

German Version: http://www.amazon.de/dp/3551752559

How to Draw Manga: Maids & Miko:

Very good for clothing folds


Japanese Version: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4766112148

English Version: http://www.amazon.com/dp/4766113179

German Version: Just English Version available: http://www.amazon.de/dp/4766113179

Excellent Manga Sketching Techniques Vol.1 Pretty Girl:

English Versions are rare!


Japanese: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4894259125

English: http://www.amazon.com/dp/4798602590

(English look inside on: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4798602590)

German: Not available. Search for English Version.

100 Masters of Bishojo Painting:


Japanese: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/486100666X

English: http://www.amazon.com/100-Masters-Bishojo-Painting-Inc/dp/486100666X

German: Not listed. Use english version instead: http://www.amazon.de/dp/486100666X  


Just in Japanese available:



Excellent Manga Sketching Techniques: Head & Body of a lovely girl:


Japanese: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4798603414

Excellent Manga Sketching Techniques: School Life Manga:


Japanese: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4798602922

450-Ready to use poses:


Japanese: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4331516660

How to create a character and draw it in different poses:


Japanese: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4775309501

Female Moe Characters And Couples:


Japanese: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4798606464

Excellent Manga Sketching Techniques: Sexy Characters:


Japanese: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4798605816



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2014-02-02 12:51:05

To be real, I never learn what I know of drawing in school or anywhere else, that's why I don't use some of this methods like thew cross face (just at Madness Combat drawings xD), overlines, etc.

ShiroiAkuma responds:

My first question would be: What do you think to know actually of drawing?
Do you know the differences between females and males?
Because to know something you need to study it. Study something to know the why.

The cross you mentioned has nothing to do with knowing it's just a guideline to make something easier. Because just because you know the cross it won't help you to draw a human face. Knowing means so many things: Proportions, value, reflected light, source point, median, golden ration, rule of thirds, sub surface scattering, rim light.....

These kind of books offers much knowledge you should think of while drawing. So you can learn faster. They don't tell you must use the cross to set the viewing direction, I have a book which shows even 3 different ways to draw poses. Another one shows you another kind of doing the same but with a different technique, at least you must choose which technique is most comfortable for you.

They even make you aware of something like this:
Female poses are directed inwards, while male poses are directed outwards. If you understand this sentence, things get easier.

Eyebrows are not only to represent emotions they also be used to display consanguinities.
And thousand more things.

Of course you can try to develop this on your own.
But then it's not even sure, if things like this come to your mind and then your drawings miss a certain extra. Or you might know them, but can't explain other the why. It's like Mark Crilley and "Then I made it just a bit curved.... then I would...." to be honest he is an excellent drawer, but he is terrible at explaining the why. And he might know it, even if it is just subconscious. Sycra is a very good example, because he also teaches the why.

Good books are amazing at explaining the why. Or at least make you aware of certain things.

But you are right you don't need books, to learn something but it's like you would reinvent the wheel. Not directly for drawing, because you see something that already exist and you learn automatically, every time when you see a illustration. So it's a lie that you never learned from anywhere else. You could say something like that if you were completely isolated from all influences and then should develop your own style. Today there are so many influences around us through ads, magazines, shows, illustrations so that we pick automatically something we like and then it slips automatically into our style.


2014-02-02 14:46:30

When i clicked this, i thought i was gonna learn how to draw books! now i am very dissapointed.JK

(Updated ) ShiroiAkuma responds:

You made my day. That is actually very funny.
PS: Edited title. But now it does still not make any sense.


2014-02-11 07:46:16

have you bought all of them? O.O
I'm not surprised anymore that you are learning so fast ^^

I'm too "poor" for that many books but I think that I'll buy 1 or 2 of them...

and I agree with what you said about crilley...
his videos are just good for reference but not for learning imo.
but (for example) Sycra and TheJettyJetShow are making Videos that really do teach you :)

well I like the title :'D
und hast du japanisch gelernt? :)

(Updated ) ShiroiAkuma responds:

No not all of them. But some of them.
Nein kein Japanisch gelernt, kann nur ein wenig. Einige Übersetzungen habe ich durch Recherche erreicht, andere kannte ich bereits. Ich kenne mich mehr bei Worten aus die mich interessieren. Vielleicht noch ein paar Zahlen oder Grußformeln. Der VHS (Volkshochschul)-Kurs Japanisch ist leider schon wieder vorbei.

Meistens nutze ich Japanisch nur wenn ich gewisse Dinge zensieren will. Wenn ich mit Japanern oder Chinesen schreibe (z.B. auf Pixiv/Twitter) dann nehme ich einen Übersetzer, schreibe dann aber auch hin das ich einen benutze und schreibe selbigen übersetzen Text unübersetzt und in Englisch dazu.

Ich habe nur die How to Draw Manga Reihe, How to Draw Maids & Miko (sehr gut für Kleidung), Manga Anatomy from DLSite (ist allerdings auf Japanisch).

Wenn ich dir eines Empfehlen dürfte: Ausdrucksstarke Skizzen im Manga damit sollten Anfänger anfangen.

Yeah Sycra, TheJettyJetShow are really good explaing why things are as they are. Sadly Even Crilleys Book is not good for explainig the why. I don't have problems with this kind anymore, but beginners still need to learn foundations and he don't explain anyones, but that's why they are called Mastering Manga. So he is more for advanced people.