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How-To Draw: Book Reviews

It doesn’t take an artist to learn how to draw – not when you’ve got drawing books that give you step-by-step instructions on how to put pencil to paper and make your favourite characters come to life! Check out our review of books that teach you how to draw Star Wars The Clone Wars, Marvel Heroes, Manga Characters and Bakugan Battle Brawlers!

Klutz: Draw Star Wars The Clone Wars

The art of drawing like a Jedi Master is yours, thanks to this hands-on book of drawing tips and techniques. Learn to draw 20 different Clone Wars characters including C-3PO, Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Grievous. Everything you need is included: nine sheets tracing vellum, black marker, three double-tipped metallic-coloured pencils, mechanical pencil and eraser. Klutz editors walk you through basic shapes toward finished, detailed drawings. You even get practice space and translucent overlays to help with initial tracings in this book. May the skills be with you.

Klutz: Draw The Marvel Heroes

No matter how artistically challenged you are, this Klutz book can teach you to draw comic characters just like the pros do … or at least similar to how the pros do. Spiral-bound and full-color with pages made of light card rather than paper, this book comes complete with an attached zip-lock pencil case holding a pencil and four felt pens. All you need is a pencil-sharpener! The book starts with the basics, getting you to trace the outline of pre-drawn art, then it gets you drawing stick figures, adding pipes, shading, muscles, etc. The pace is nice and slow, the writing and explanations are clear and the examples are helpful. To make life simple, when they want you to do tracing, they bind a sheet of tracing paper right into the book – so there's no excuse for not drawing RIGHT NOW!

The Manga Artist’s Workbook: Easy-To-Follow Lessons For Creating Your Own Characters

 

You too can master the basics of the most popular style of cartooning with The Manga Artist's Workbook by Christopher Hart, who is an old hand at the field of art instruction. You'll learn the basic proportions of the manga face and figure, how to draw those large sparkling eyes and how to create hairstyles and costumes that make each character unique. A sketchbook and art tutorial rolled into one portable journal, this workbook contains tracing paper, blank practice pages and exercise to help you become a true manga master.

Drawing Manga: Animals, Chibis, And Other Adorable Creatures

 

The world of manga is filled with strange creatures and adorable sidekicks. Just about every manga hero and heroine has an animal mascot, and all the most popular ones have a cute "chibi" form. This book teaches you how to create the funny critters that populate girls' manga and the more gritty, gothic creatures found in boys' manga. It starts with the basics of creating manga-style characters, everything from drawing heads and faces to eyes and expressions, to creating incredibly cute chibis. Part two features a reference material on the mythological and real animals that have shaped Japanese artwork and stories. The last section has step-by-step demos on using computer programs to create manga art and comics. So whether you're just starting out and want to draw a cute, simple mascot, would like to try something more complex like an Asian dragon or are ready to create your own otherworldly adventure, this book has something for you no matter what your skill level.

Create & Trace: Bakugan Battle Brawlers

 

Want to get in on all the action of a Bakugan Brawl? All you need is this book and a pencil. Inside you'll find great pictures and tracing paper to use as you create your own Bakugan brawls! So grab a pencil, pick your Bakugan, and start tracing and creating!

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Kawaii Chan p.o.v Kawaii Chan knocked on the door in the tune of an anime series theme song she watched. the door opened and standing infront of her was Zane, wearing a black sweater and some grey tack suit pants, on the other hand, kawaii Chan was wearing a long pink shirt that only just went past her waist and a pair of cute jeans that she bought yesterday. There had been a long silence " hi Zane kun!" Zane smiled and let her inside, she walked in, stumbling over the rug in her high heels, Zane ran over "you alright kawaii Chan?" Kawaii Chan nodded, and Zane helped her up, yet another long silence as they just looked at each other, holding hands, smiling, then garroth ruined it " isn't that adorable!" Garroth said " garroth! Keep it down, laurance doesn't know about this!" " But he's on a shopping trip, said he'd be out for 2 hours" kawaii Chan gestured for garroth to leave, and he begrudgingly did, walking off sighing Zane p.o.v Zane was glad garroth left, it was just kawaii Chan and him, alone. He turned on Netflix and put on an anime kawaii Chan loved, she flinched " owie! Something bit me!" Zane got off the couch and inspected the floor, alittle trail of ants were scurrying in a line " that's why it smelt like orange juice! Great!" Kawaii Chan frowned " it's okay Zane kun, kawaii Chan will get over it, it was only an ant" Zane sighed " yeh okay, you're right" kawaii Chan pecked him on the cheek and they smiled, then kawaii Chan tackling him onto the floor as she tickled him until he was laughing like a child " kawaii Chan! You know I'm ticklish! Stop!" Kawaii Chan smirked " if you want kawaii Chan to stop then why are you laughing?"  Zane p.o.v After she stopped tickling, they shared a long kiss, when laurance came through the door with party stuff and a few friends to help set up, there was laurance, of course, ugh, gene, Dante, aphmau and Aaron, all of them paused in confusion, except aphmau who tried rush everyone out, but gene didn't and walked straight in, while aphmau got the rest out she went in, trying to drag gene out, Zane had stopped the kiss a little while ago, blushing light pink as gene watched kawaii Chan intently, seeing what she would do, Zane stood up and hissed at gene " get out of my house!" Gene smirked walking toward kawaii Chan grabbed by her arm and pulling her to her feet "let go of kawaii Chan!" Kawaii Chan yelled, as gene smirked again and pulled her into a kiss, kawaii Chan wasn't actually trying to move at all, she just let gene kiss her, Zane clenched his fist and walked up to gene, removing kawaii Chan from him and punching him in the chin, he sighed " you always were weak! Tsk tsk Zane, tsk tsk" gene swung a punch at Zane's forehead and dodged a bit too slow, getting hit, aphmau rushed kawaii Chan outside and closed the door behind them both, while inside they continued to brawl, gene kicked Zane in the leg, making him fall, gene continued to beat him up, until garroth came in and shouted in a dark, scary tone " get off my baby brother or I'll rip you to shreds" gene stood up and laughed as Zane lay on the ground, crying in pain once again " what you gonna do bout it?" Garoth walked up to gene and kicked him in his hip, them smashed his fist into his head, gene scream and ran out the back door, while garroth helped Zane up The end ( sorry for weird ending, kawaii Chan and Zane ARE still dating tho ^____^)
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Global warming will raise the ocean and bodies of waters. The cities will be flooded, and then frozen over. Someone goes outside, they freeze to death. The remaining survivors will die of starvation or freeze to death.
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drowning posted in Debating:
In my opinion, I see four most likely possibilities.  >>  Nuclear War/World Wars. >> The universe practically imploding and the sun burning us into oblivion or even another planet/meteorite slamming into us, destroying us entirely. >> Self-destructive tendencies of our own species, either accidentally or purposefully. >> Trump. Which could be the matchstick to the flame of at least two other things on this list.
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KayKayZ posted in Debating:
I think it's kinda sad that there even actually exist debates where people argue whether someone else's identity is 'legitimate' or not. You know who knows that? The person who identifies as bisexual (or whatever else). Not me, not you, not their parents, not your parents, and no, not any religion. Them. Only them. No one else. That's it. But it is nice to see people expressing support. I'll join in and say, for all the bisexuals out there, be who you are. Let not any one person's judgment distract you from what your true feelings are. “If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” ―  Paulo Coelho ,  The Alchemist
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ghostoflegacy posted in Debating:
You cannot describe color to a blind person. But they also see things that you can't that they cannot describe to you. I have a friend, Joseph, who's been blind since birth. He says it looks sort of like nothing and everything at once, and that little dots malt into one big dot. He also doesn't quite grasp the concept of "dark" and "light" but he can sense when a light is on vs off. I have a friend who's been blind since she was eight (grenade accident) who says it's like a mix of every color, but it's not quite black or white. And there's no one color she can name of it. But when there's a noise, the "blanket" shifts around where the noise came from, like something's different but you can't tell what.
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