This third volume in the More How to Draw Manga series takes a focused look at means of enhancing a character's sense of presence as well as explains in detail techniques for imbuing a character with presence by suggesting movement.
I bought this book because the demonstrations are more clear and up to date in the "More" HTDM series than the older ones. The first section goes into screentone and shading techniques. Some of this is rather useful even if you don't intend on making illustrations using screentones. They help out due to the fact you should learn regular values of shading. The book also demonstrates values of tones on the face. There is a section talking about shadows on the feet. This section may prove more useful to artists since many do not draw the full figure, or they may draw figures that seem to float due to incorrect shadow placement. The key reason I bought this book was their demonstration of how to draw shoulders, and clavicles. Symmetrical shoulders and their placement is a key learning point for many illustrators.This book shows various examples of how to draw the shoulders and clavicles to create more dynamic characters. Other sections of this book include how to correctly convey emotions through the hands. How the torso bends and flexes during various positions, various action poses and key elements to manga scenes. I found the manga scenes selection rather weak however, although people should probably read it to gain knowledge in making panels. There was another section on perspective and proportions with the figure and a car. Overall the book is one of my favorites in the series due to the middle section. Had the book been better towards the end, I would have given it a higer rating.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 19 years ago
For what this book is for it is great!! It shows how to give it more presence like it says in the tittle. If you alwready now how to draw the manga way and want to know how to make your people more stronger visually this is great. But if you can't do proportions and figures well get the anatomy book before you get this. It's a good book to add to your drawing book collection.
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