June 21, 2017

Book Review: Manga Art

Manga Art: Inspiration and Techniques from an Expert Illustrator, by Mark Crilley is an inspiring and educational art and drawing book focused on manga.

According to the Introduction, "At the heart of the book is manga-style artwork, but perhaps not in the way that you might expect. These are not images that meticulously mimic the art of published Japanese illustrators.... My approach was to take the manga style and be kind of mad scientist with it.... My goal was to inspire creativity, and to pass along specific information about my techniques that you could then use in creating your own work."

Throughout this book, there are drawings and illustrations in full-color, black-and-white, and gray-scale, as well as summary and descriptive text, captions, and Your Turn sidebars. This book is divided into five main sections, which are titled as Characters, Japan, Science Fiction, Conceptual Art, and Styleplay. Also, there's an Introduction, Conclusion, and Index.

Manga Art is an enjoyable book to add to your library collection, since it's geared towards all ages and especially recommended for those interested in drawing and manga-inspired art. 
Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. I think my daughter who, is 14 and very into manga would love this book. Thanks for the review!