Design Your Own Anime and Manga Characters: Step-by-Step Lessons for Creating and Drawing Unique Characters - Learn Anatomy, Poses, Expressions, Costumes, and More (Paperback)

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Design Your Own Anime and Manga Characters: Step-by-Step Lessons for Creating and Drawing Unique Characters - Learn Anatomy, Poses, Expressions, Costumes, and More (Paperback)

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With Design Your Own Anime and Manga Characters, you’ll learn character design for these popular entertainment genres from renowned concept artist and teacher TB Choi. 

  • Constructing a Character. Build a character right from the start with the basics of human anatomy and proportion.
  • Simplifying Forms for Poses and Gestures. Streamline form to develop effective poses and gestures from a variety of angles.
  • Drawing Hair, Clothing, and Accessories. Render authentic details that support your characters and enrich your stories.
  • Conveying Dimension, Emotion, and Character. Refine your use of line, shadow, and form to create visual variety, depth, and emotion.
  • Pets, Chibis, and Sidekicks. Create pets, chibis, anthros, and kemonomimi with personality.
  • Exercise: Design and Draw a Character. Learn a simple method for developing an original character, from mind map to finished drawing.


Filled with step-by-step demonstrations and expert guidance and advice, Design Your Own Anime and Manga Characters teaches you everything you need to bring unique characters to life.

TB Choi is a character/concept artist and drawing instructor specializing in anatomy and character design. Included among her many celebrated film, animation, and gaming clients are Adobe, EA (Entertainment Arts), Sony Pictures, Guerilla Games, Netflix, Reel FX, Riot Games, Blizzard, and Epic Games. To see more of TB’s work, visit her on Instagram @tb_choi and on Twitter @TB_Choi12.

Product Details ISBN: 9780760371374
ISBN-10: 0760371377
Publisher: Rockport Publishers
Publication Date: August 30th, 2022
Pages: 144
Language: English
"Design Your Own Anime and Manga Characters lives up to its title as an instructive and visual "how-to" guide for aspiring artists interested in drawing characters or comics in the style of Japanese manga. A wealth of black-and-white illustrations (color is primarily used as highlights to aid in focus, and only occasionally shown in finished examples) demonstrate how to incorporate the basics of human anatomy, portray poses and gestures, add details like hair and clothing, apply lines and shadows to give expression and emotion, and much more. Thoroughly accessible to budding artists of all ages, Design Your Own Anime and Manga Characters is an excellent supplementary resource to broaden artistic creativity."—Midwest Book Review