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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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100hp
100hp posted in Debating:
you can be fairly certain of your orientation at about any age around thirteen, or younger, too, maybe, but i do think that you'd need a more extensive understanding of sexuality before you're actually sure? your own sexuality and of sexuality in general. i mean, there is this misconception about sga orientations being s*x-central, which isn't true, since a young kid can have crushes on the same gender without even knowing about s*x at all in the first place. still, this is the difference between having an idea of your orientation and being certain of it (even if you may not be certain for many years after adolescence, too. it's not obligatory to figure it out before 20 or something). and it's really never too young for anybody to realize and acknowledge their attraction towards the same gender, it's just a matter of, will that attraction last for long enough after that for you to come out as the respective orientation? it's not just that you, as a girl, may be attracted to girls and boys now and later may just be attracted to boys--it could go totally the other way and find that you actually are only attracted to girls, but that only depends on your specific case and i don't know the details. it's fine to experiment with these labels i guess, but it's fair to say that many people will stop taking you seriously once you come out twice, thrice or more times as different things, because you hadn't thought it through properly. not to say that a single move like this that you do at thirteen will prove to be fatal or anything, though, if you live in a community that wouldn't put you at actual danger upon coming out, that is. you don't have to even choose a label if in the end you're not really sure, there shouldn't be pressure to do so. just go with something general and you'll get the point across. also keep in mind that 'coming out' isn't just a one time thing, and it's actually a continuous thing. sexuality won't come up in every discussion and you won't just go around yelling 'i'm gay!' around the whole city or something, you'll need to tell a lot of new people about it if you choose to and it will keep coming up. you can be out at school, but not at home. you can be out with friends, but not with the whole class. etc.  coming out isn't even such an important aspect in the first place if you ask me and it's a bonus pressure if you will. coming out will eventually come naturally when you get a same-gender partner and all, anyway, if you don't want to hide it forever or anything. good luck with that choice (in case i'm not too late with this reply, in which case good luck to whoever might be reading this for their own issue).
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syedarabia
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rainbowpoptart
rainbowpoptart posted in Random:
16. :P "Boysrock50" wrote:18 in April :( Goodness, already? That's not fair, man. You can't leave yet, you're one of the cool users. Could you maybe, like, grow younger instead of older? Because that'd be great.
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unicornsrule626
To be completely and utterly honest, i think it's slightly young. I wouldn't go any younger that 16. Being 13 myself, i think it's hard trying to decide and put a label on something like this. If you bisexual, great! Straight, great! What i'm saying is....We have PLENTY of time in life to decide, so don't rush it just to say "Hey, i'm bi!" Or "Hey, I'm straight!"
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sugarpetals
sugarpetals posted in Debating:
"RavenClawRaina" wrote: 1. closed minded people like u are the reason this whole question was asked in the first place. 2. It has nothing to do with their age or how mature they are. 3. If its what they feel on the inside, thats never going to change with a age. 4. dont use character quotes. rlly bothers me. Use ur OWN quotes or a pic or something, not a dead character from Harry Potter k?  Oh i'm so sorry if the right to have my own views has offended you, i'm just  saying that the way i see it is that at the age of thirteen a kid is now being introduced to topics such as these and their hormones are now kicking in and they should give themselves time to grow, these are my views and i'm entitled to them, just the way you are to yours. Second of all its my signature , i'll put what i want and quote what i want from who i want, and if it bothers you that much then just be the big kid you are and ignore it, K?
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