Review: Doodletopia: Manga: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Cute Manga Characters and More by Christopher Hart

Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Watson-Guptill
When I saw Doodletopia: Manga as one of the options for review on Blogging for Books, I was reminded of my early foray into drawing manga.  Christopher Hart has contributed quite a few series to this area and has chosen to feature  several different artists in each work.  And while I don’t care for his personal, simplistic manga drawing style, I appreciate his support of the art and the young artists reading his books.
Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comics

While I grew up on Manga Mania and its subsequent titles, Doodletopia has a different format.  There are spaces left intentionally blank for the reader/artist to practice the techniques being demonstrated.  And while this is not great for a public library, it’s a perfect solution for anyone who doesn’t want to carry around a bunch of supplies.

This book has a lot to offer a range of artists from beginners to advanced.  Sometimes experts need to practice some of the basics too, and this book allows you to be as simple or as complex as you want with the drawing prompts.  There are already other titles out in this series (i.e. Fairies and Cartoons), so go on out there and pick one up.  Learn something new, or keep practicing what you love.  Either way, this series is a great place to start!

I was provided a finished copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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