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Manga Art by Mark Crilley

Title: Manga Art | Author: Mark Crilley  | Publ. Date: June 6, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

IMG_1128Goodreads Summary:

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.

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My Review:

This was a beautiful book….quite literally!! In fact, I loved every picture and had to share a few samples you’ll see above. And let me say, as hard as I tried, these DO NOT do them justice!!!

I love how each drawing in here gets a start to finish discussion of how it came to be. He talked about techniques he used, gave ideas and challenges you as an artist to try new things. In fact, throughout the book, after he discusses the simple procedures he used to accomplish the result, there are boxes that say “Your Turn” encouraging you to try it out for yourself.

I personally have always loved manga art!!  So I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to read and review this book, and add it to my collection.

~ I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.


Mark Crilley


Mark Crilley  was raised in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Kalamazoo College, he traveled to Taiwan and Japan, where he taught English for nearly five years. It was during his stay in Japan that he created the Eisner Award–nominated comic Akiko on the Planet Smoo, which spawned a series of graphic novels and prose novel adaptations. In 1998, Mark Crilley was named to Entertainment Weekly’s It List of the 100 most creative people in entertainment.