Manga for the Beginner Chibis: Everything You Need to Start Drawing the Super-Cute Characters of Japanese Comics
The ultimate guide to creating chibis!
They populate manga with chunky bodies, oversized heads, and huge expressive eyes. They're schoolgirls and schoolboys, magical girls and mad scientists, fairies and fighter princesses, cyborgs and sci-fi secret agents, bikers and bad samurais, robots and rebel leaders. They've even got chubby pets and zany monster sidekicks! They're chibis!
Excruciatingly cute, highly stylized, and beloved in all manga genres (fantasy, magical girls, shounen, anthro, sci-fi-, and more), without them, manga would barely exist. And now you can learn, step by step, how to draw virtually every chibi out there, how to "chibify" ordinary manga characters—and how to invent your very own designs! Covering facial expressions, those iconic manga eyes, costumes, character interaction, and story settings, Manga for the Beginner Chibis has it all.
a 9-year-old's review
By A Kid's Review - December 25, 2010
I personally love manga and Japanese anime, but I am just a beginner. My mom got this for me, and I drew at least 4 drawings the day i first got it! It teaches you everything. i started at the beginning of the book and tried the basics, and kept going. When i got ahead of the basics, i basically just copied, and it was a little hard, but once i got the hang of it, I got pretty good at it, partly because i already love drawing. Just copying the pictures teaches you a lot. The book goes in order, from sketching the face and a little body, to a professional manga chibi figure.
The whole book basically just shows you little tips and lessons (that personally worked for me, but don't know if it will for any of you) and then lets you go on your own, but those simple things actually really help. Other than how the book works, it's such a cute book; for example: it'll show you a regular manga girl or boy in any mood, and then it will show you a chibi version of the picture, and... read more
Tons of useful and cute info!
By CuteEverythingcom - November 10, 2010
Have you ever gotten a drawing book, hoping you could learn how to draw some fun things, and then you saw the pictures inside just weren't very good, nothing you would actually want to draw?
Manga for the Beginner Chibis: Everything You Need to Start Drawing the Super-Cute Characters of Japanese Comics is NOT that kind of book at all! It is chock-full of very professional and super cute drawings, ones that you'd actually want to learn how to draw. If you want to learn more about basic drawing techniques for chibis, or even if you just like to draw cute things -- this book is perfect for you! It is a full-scale drawing book with slick, glossy pages and tons of informative illustrations and explanations, written by acclaimed artist, Christopher Hart, and published by Watson-Guptill.
Chibis are the mini emo characters in manga; the normally-drawn characters often revert to chibi status when they feel strong emotions. The author tells us that chibis are not only fun... read more
A jem of a book
By G-Art - April 5, 2010
Flipping through the book, made us fall in love with the Chibis. Book is filled with dozens (hundreds?) of different Chibis accompanied with a description of what's unique to the specific character and of course the easy steps to bring out this uniqueness. The author has an amazing ability to point out the uniqueness of the each Chibi Character and demonstrate in just a few easy steps how to make it happen on the paper. These techniques, tips and the way Hart views the a cartoon character constructive not only for Chibis but with all Manga characters. In short, this is a magnificent book.
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