Books on Drawing Techniques

This page is intended to supplement my Librarian's Guide to Anime and Manga and Teacher's Companion to the Anime Companion.
 
For items about anime and manga. I am listing all available titles in English for fans and researchers, a listing for one of these titles does not mean a recommendation. Full bibliographic information is not provided, the publisher is listed when The Right stuf does not carry the item
 
For books I have found useful about Japan see the bibliography in the Anime Companion Supplement web pages.
 
For other books on anime and manga see my Books and Periodicals on Anime and Manga page.


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Books on Drawing Techniques:

For years I have occasionally received email asking about books on how to draw manga and anime. Most of these volumes have been available for some time but I still get such questions. As these English language books are imported from Japan you may have to go beyond your local comic or book shop to Japanese book specialty stores, I have also linked to titles that are in the Right Stuf catalog.
 
NOTE: I am not including books written exclusively by non-Japanese. There are many 'how-to'draw manga' books piublished int he US by Americans. Some, such as the ones from Antarctic Press, are excellent how to draw books others frankly are cynical attempts to cash in the popularity of manga are are so crude as insult the buyer.
 
Aihara Koji & Takekuma Kentaro.
Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga
2002 San Francisco. Viz
ISBN: 1-56931-863-8
 
Draw Your Own Manga: All The Basics (128 pgs)
by Nagatomo Haruno
Kodansha International
 
How To Draw Anime & Game Characters series from Graphic-sha Publishing in Tokyo.

How To Draw Anime & Game Characters Vol. 1: Basics for Beginners and Beyond
by Ozawa Tadashi
ISBN: 4-7661-1120-6

How To Draw Anime & Game Characters Vol. 2: Expressing Emotions
by Ozawa Tadashi
ISBN: 4-7661-1174-5

How To Draw Anime & Game Characters Vol. 3: Bringing Daily Actions to Life
by Ozawa Tadashi
ISBN: 4-7661-1175-3

How To Draw Anime & Game Characters Vol. 4 (160 pgs): Mastering Battle & Action Moves
by Ozawa Tadashi
2001 Tokyo. Graphic-sha Publishing
ISBN: 4-7661-1254-7

How To Draw Anime & Game Characters Vol. 5: Bishoujo Game Characters
by Ozawa Tadashi
ISBN: 4-7661-1276-8

How To Draw Manga series from Graphic-sha Publishing in Tokyo.
 
How to Draw Manga: Animals
by Hayashi Hikaru
ISBN: 4-7661-1533-3
(available Spring 2005)
 
How To Draw Manga: Amazing Effects
by Kawanishi Mikio
ISBN: 4-7661-1480-9

How to Draw Manga: Bishoujo / Pretty Gals
by Hayashi Hikaru
ISBN: 4-7661-1148-6
 
How to Draw Manga: Bishoujo Around the World
by Hayashi Hikaru
ISBN: 4-7661-1149-4
 
How to Draw Manga: Bodies & Anatomy
by the Society for the Study of Manga Techniques
ISBN: 4-7661-1238-5
 
How to Draw Manga Special: Colored Original Drawing
by the Society for the Study of Manga Techniques
ISBN: 4-7661-1479-5
 
How To Draw Manga: Colorful Costumes
by Ozawa Tadashi
ISBN: 4-7661-1337-3

How to Draw Manga [v. 3] Compiling Application and Practice
by the Society for the Study of Manga Techniques
ISBN: 4-7661-1475-2
 
How to Draw Manga [v. 1] Compiling Characters
by the Society for the Study of Manga Techniques
ISBN: 4-7661-1473-6
 
How to Draw Manga [v. 2] Compiling Techniques
by the Society for the Study of Manga Techniques
ISBN: 4-7661-1474-4
 
How to Draw Manga Computones Vol.1 Basic Tone Techniques
by Senno Knife
ISBN: 4-7661-1471-X
 
How to Draw Manga Computones Vol.2 Depicting Characters
by Senno Knife
ISBN: 4-7661-1523-6
 
How To Draw Manga: Costume Encyclopedia Vol.1 Everyday Fashion
by Hayashi Hikaru, Go Office & Kimiko Morimoto
ISBN: 4-7661-1257-1
 
How to Draw Manga: Costume Encyclopedia Vol.2 Intimate Apparel
by Hayashi Hikaru, Go Office & Kimiko Morimoto
ISBN: 4-7661-1433-7
(available Autumn 2004)
 
How to Draw Manga: Costume Encyclopedia Vol.3 Sexy Sports Wear
by Go Office, Hayashi Hikaru & Kimiko Morimoto
ISBN: 4-7661-1434-5
(available 2005)
 
How to Draw Manga: Couples
by Hayashi Hikaru
ISBN: 4-7661-1241-5
 
How to Draw Manga: Creating Stories
by Sugamoto Junichi
ISBN: 4-7661-1330-6
(available 2005)
 
How to Draw Manga [v. 5] Developing Shoujo Manga Techniques
by the Society for the Study of Shoujo Manga Techniques
ISBN: 4-7661-1476-0
 
How to Draw Manga [v. 4] Dressing Your Characters in Casual Wear
by the Society for the Study of Manga Techniques
ISBN: 4-7661-1477-9
 
How to Draw Manga Dressing Your Characters in Suits & Sailor Suits
by the Society for the Study of Manga Techniques
ISBN: 4-7661-1332-2
(available 2005)
 
How to Draw Manga: Female Characters
by Hayashi Hikaru
ISBN: 4-7661-1146-X
 
How to Draw Manga Getting Started
by K's Art
ISBN: 4-7661-1513-9
 
How to Draw Manga Special: Giant Robots
by Hayashi Hikaru
ISBN: 4-7661-1255-5
 
How To Draw Manga: Girls' Life Illustration File
by Tadano Kazuko
ISBN: 4-7661-1338-1
 
How To Draw Manga: Guns and Military Vol. 1
by Kamiya Ichiro, with Weda Shin
ISBN: 4-7661-1261-X

How To Draw Manga: Guns and Military Vol. 2
by Kamiya Ichiro, with Weda Shin
ISBN: 4-7661-1262-8

How to Draw Manga: Illustrating Battles
by Hayashi Hikaru
ISBN: 4-7661-1147-8
 
How To Draw Manga: Macromedia Flash Techniques
by Ito Aki
ISBN: 4-7661-1408-6

How To Draw Manga: Maids & Miko
Ichigo 100%] Namashibori 120% (by Hotateya
ISBN: 4-7661-1317-9
 
How To Draw Manga: Making Anime
Joint Publication by Yoyogi Animation Gakuin & A. I. C.
ISBN: 4-7661-1239-3
 
How to Draw Manga: Male Characters
by Hayashi Hikaru
ISBN: 4-7661-1240-7
 
How to Draw Manga [v. 6] Martial Ats and Combat Sports
by Hayashi Hikaru
ISBN: 4-7661-1478-7
 
How to Draw Manga: Mech. Drawing
by Yamakami Katsuya
ISBN: 4-7661-1334-9
 
How to Draw Manga: More About Pretty Gals
by Hayashi Hikaru
ISBN: 4-7661-1242-3
 
How to Draw Manga: Ninja & Samurai Portrayal
by Team Esaka
ISBN: 4-7661-1530-9
(available Spring 2005)
 
How to Draw Manga: Occult and Horror
by Hayashi Hikaru
ISBN: 4-7661-1150-8
 
How to Draw Manga: Pen & Tone Technique
by Toudo Ryo
ISBN: 4-7661-1258-X
 
How to Draw Manga: Putting Things in Perspective
by K's Art
ISBN: 4-7661-1256-3
 
How to Draw Manga: Super Basics
by Matsumoto Angel
ISBN: 4-7661-1481-7
 
How To Draw Manga: Super Deformed Characters Vol. 1: Humans
by Sato Gen
ISBN: 4-7661-1435-3
 
How To Draw Manga: Super Deformed Characters Vol. 2: Animals
ISBN: 4-7661-1470-1
(available 2005)
 
How to Draw Manga: Super Tone Techniques
by Koyama Unkaku
ISBN: 4-7661-1260-1
 
How to Draw Manga: Untimate Manga Lessons 1 Drawing Made Easy
by Go Office
ISBN: 4-7661-1524-4
(available Summer 2005)
 
How to Draw Manga: Untimate Manga Lessons 2 The Basics of Characters and Materials
by Go Office
ISBN: 4-7661-1525-2
(available Spring 2005)
 
 
Let's Draw Manga series from Watson-Guptill
 
Let's Draw Manga: All About Fighting
by Makoto Nakajima, Big Mouth Factory

Let's Draw Manga: Astro Boy
by Tezuka Productions
ISBN: 1-56970-992-0

Let's Draw Manga: Bodies and Emotion
by Tadashi Ozawa

Let's Draw Manga: Fantasy
by Noriko Tsubota, Big Mouth Factory

Let's Draw Manga: Monsters
by PLEX, Inc.

Let's Draw Manga: Ninja & Samurai
by Hidefumi Okuma
ISBN: 1-56970-990-4
 
Let's Draw Manga: Sexy Gals
by shimohara Heisuke
ISBN: 1-56970-989-0

Let's Draw Manga: Tokyo Urban Hip-Hop Culture
by shimohara Heisuke
ISBN: 1-56970-989-0

Let's Draw Manga: Transforming Robots
by Yasuhiro Nitta
ISBN: 1-56970-991-2
 
Let's Draw Manga: Using Color
by John Ott, You Kuseno

Manga Pose Resource Book 1: Basic Poses
by Yamaguchi Yoshihiro
WARNING: Contains artistic nudity!
Manga Pose Resource Book 2: Animals
by Yamaguchi Yoshihiro

Manga Pose Resource Book 3: Action Scenes
by Yamaguchi Yoshihiro
WARNING: Contains artistic nudity!
 
Manga University Workbook 1: Tokyo Sites

Manga University Workbook 2: High-Rises and City Streets

Manga University Workbook 3: Japanese Neighborhoods

Manga University: Costume Collection: A Day in the Life of a Japanese Schoolgirl

Manga University: Kana De Manga: Learn ABCs of Japanese

Manga University: Kana De Manga Workbook


More How To Draw Manga series from Graphic-sha Publishing in Tokyo.
 
More How to Draw Manga: vol.1 The Basics of Character Drawing
by Go Office
ISBN: 4-7661-1482-5
 
More How to Draw Manga: vol.2 Penning Characters
by Go Office
ISBN: 4-7661-1483-3
 
More How to Draw Manga: vol.3 Enhancing a Character's Sense of Presense
by Go Office
ISBN: 4-7661-1484-1
 
More How to Draw Manga: vol.4 Mastering Bishoujo Characters
by Go Office
ISBN: 4-7661-1485-X
 
Tezuka School of Animation series from Watson-Guptill
 
Tezuka School of Animation 1: Learning the Basics
by Tezuka Productions
ISBN: 1-56970-995-5

Tezuka School of Animation 2: Animals in Motion
by Tezuka Productions
ISBN: 1-56970-994-7
     



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Created January 2, 2001 | Updated April 24, 2007