This is basically just another one of those "draw a circle here, a square there, now make it look like this next picture" books.
Christopher Hart goes into no real detail on the methods and techniques that a beginning artist needs to learn and offers no real lessons or exercises a budding artist needs.
Yes there are a few examples, but no real guidelines or explanations.
I think most people giving this book high reviews open it up, look through it, see a lot of nice artwork and then praise it without actually using the book itself. What's more, the art in the book isn't even drawn by Hart himself, how can he claim to teach you how to draw when he can't even draw the art for his own book?
What's more the book just rushes through and jumps from one thing to the next.
Any artist knows that you can't just jump into drawing professional manga, or anything else, overnight like how this book claims and when the young, aspiring artist can't do what this book claims is a beginner guide, they'll just get discouraged and stop.
Don't get this for the new, beginner, novice, intermediate or advanced artist, it'll just turn them off drawing.
If you really want a good "how to draw manga" book, go with Mark Criley.
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: WATSON GUPTIL; 1 edition (1 August 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823030830
- ISBN-13: 978-0823030835
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.4 x 25.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 699 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)