Comic books and graphic novels are becoming much more mainstream, the door is wide open for manga Japanese comics to finally make their presence known in the United States. Although Manga are more popular worldwide, they are still relatively unknown in US.
About Danica Davidson:
I’m the author of the Minecraft novels Escape from the Overworld, Attack on the Overworld, The Rise of Herobrine; the how-to-draw manga book Manga Art For Beginners; the soon-to-be-released Minecraft novels Down Into the Nether, The Armies of Herobrine, and Battle with the Wither; and the comic book Barbie Puppies: Puppy Party.
My books have been featured in places like Forbes and I was one of a small group of writers to receive a Webby honor at MTV for Best Youth Writing.
I am represented by the James Fitzgerald Agency and we are currently shopping a YA novel.
“I’m a fan of manga and have been writing about the subject for about ten years,” shared Davidson. ”I’ve covered the subject for MTV, CNN, The Onion, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Otaku USA, Anime News Network, Shojo Beat, Japanator and then I started freelancing for a manga publishing company, adapting the books into English after they’d been translated from Japanese.”
About Danica Davidson’s (With illustrator Melanie Westin) Manga Art for Beginners:
With titles ranging from Attack on Titan to Pokémon, manga is a billion-dollar industry with millions of fans worldwide. Readers will love this step-by-step guide to drawing characters that resemble the Japanese comics and anime they love. In this book, fans can learn how to draw their own manga characters and join the fun. Manga Art for Beginners explores the basics, like how to draw faces and eyes, and gradually shows how to get into more complex drawings such as: hero, heroine, male and female Ninja.
Manga Art for Beginners, starts with the basics, showing how to draw eyes, faces and bodies. The book is composed of more than 200 pages with more than 400 drawings.
Readers will learn to draw the following character types in easy, detailed steps:
• Male and Female Ninja
• Gothic Lolita
• Shrine Maiden
• Magical Girl
One of my favorite things about this book is that it not only incorporates things my son loves, but it teaches him patience and creativity. He is motivated to draw with this book because he and his friends LOVE anime. My husband even went out and bought him special drawing pads and supplies. He did decide that he likes using a mechanical pencil to draw because it has a finer point.
My son’s thoughts:
I have never seen my son so happy to get a book before! Yes, he loves to read and does lots of it, but he has only recently talked about doing drawings. He can write a story with amazing vocabulary and grammar, and now he can illustrate his stories.
“I LOVE this book- it shows me how to do each body part, step-by-step. I have only drawn eyes so far, but I think they came out really good. Hands are always the hardest body part for me to draw. I will try those next.
My favorite thing about this book is how easy it is. It also shows you how to draw things from different angles. I really like how different eyes really makes a character have a unique personality”
My son HIGHLY RECOMMENDS this book to anyone who loves anime and wants to draw anime characters!