Inspiration and Techniques
from an Expert Illustrator
by Mark Crilley
Expected pub Jun 6, 2017, Watson-Guptill (Ten Speed Press)
Available in paperback
The world of manga (Japanese comics) has captured the imagination of artists, both aspiring and professional alike. Now best-selling artist and art instructor Mark Crilley presents the most complete look yet at the variety of creative options available in the world of manga. Crilley fills each chapter with gorgeous, original artwork created with a variety of tools (pencils, colored pencils, digital art, pen and ink, and more) and in a variety of manga-inspired styles. He pairs each piece with information on the materials used and the inspiration that led to its creation. Manga Art provides readers a one-of-a-kind chance to hear from one of the leading artists in the field of manga instruction, as he reveals the unlimited possibilities of manga and the creative secrets behind over 100 pieces of original, never-before-seen artwork.
Being an artist, I'm always looking at the new art how-to books. This one by Mark Crilley is absolutely beautiful! It's chock full of his beautiful drawings and easy conversational writing. He discusses his development as an artist and his development of art pieces. In fact, each drawing in here gets a start to finish discussion of its own from conception and attitude to last stroke. He even gives you, the reader some assignments to try out some things so that you can more deeply understand some of the ideas he's talking about. That's not to say you need to be an artist to enjoy this book. No way! Anyone who is interested in manga drawing will enjoy this book of fabulous drawings, even if you just want to thumb through and look without reading a word. But if you do, you will miss at least half the experience. Mark's words aren't technical to the point that a non-artist couldn't enjoy reading what he has to say. He's very interesting and amusing at times about his development as an artist and his approach to some of his pieces. About how he gets inspired to do some of these pieces.
I think my favorite piece in the whole book is The Painter. It's rather Norman Rockwell-ish in layout with the girl behind her canvas on the easel. But the possibilities of what could be on that easel are endless. And such a familiar setting for anyone who's ever spent a day painting a difficult subject.
So whether you're an artist or art lover, don't miss this wonderful book on June 6, 2017, when it hits the stores!
I was provided an eARC by NetGalley and Ten Speed Press in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review