バトルの描き方―セオリーとバリエーション (英語) ペーパーバック – 1998/12
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Explains and provides step-by-step instructions on how to draw manga battle scenes, covering fighting, blows, punches, kicks, slaps, throws, grabs, and grappling. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
Considering the dearth of books on this topic, the book doesn't actually teach you how to draw real specific techniques for different martial arts styles as I hoped, but more general manga cliches, like how to draw a character cartoonishly dissolving into a whirlwind of blows in a heated action scene, to how to draw a character slapping another in the face for dramatic or comedic value. It assumes you already know human anatomy, so it'll point you out more to focus on the awkwardness of the position of someone being tossed flying through the air rather than where each limb should actually be, how long an arm is compared to someone's body, the bulges of the muscles, basics like that. It doesn't at all cover fighting with weapons.
If you read a lot of manga with fight scenes, you've probably already noticed the sort of stuff covered in this book, such as drawing speed lines. But for what it does, the commented drawings are very clear and cover the action from multiple angles, so I can definitely recommend it if you want to plan out and draw fight scenes with a manga flair, and already know basics on human anatomy.
Note though that some of the drawings do include nudity, mostly of the female anatomy.
Beautiful pictures, very helpful, but I would not recommend this as a "how to draw" book for beginners... it's not good with 'step by step' stuff. If you can already draw, and want to figure out how to lay out 'speed lines' and dynamic action scenes, then this is a very good book for you!
This book has shown me many moves I already know, but it puts it in an artists perspective, something my martial arts teacher lacks... It also has many other things I didn't know, it covers many styles of fighting.
Being a Japanese release, it also has a big "Girls in Sailor School Uniforms Fighting" chapter, very helpful if you are drawing girls fighting in Sailor School uniforms.(?!) You have to love Manga to have an appreciation for that... heehee.
In short, you don't have to sign up for Martial Arts lessons to learn how to draw realistic fighting scenes... this book WILL help. (I will continue to take my classes though!)
The other books in this series are wonderful, as well, I can't wait for them to release more!