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How to Draw Manga Chibis & Cute Critters

Discover techniques for creating adorable chibi characters and doe-eyed manga animals

How to Draw Manga Chibis & Cute Critters
Format: Paperback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781600582905
Illustrations: 180
Size: 8.75 x 11.67
Weight: 0.06 lb.
Published: Aug. 1, 2012
Price: $16.95
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With big glossy eyes and soft pudgy cheeks, it's hard not to love manga chibis and critters. In this latest addition to the Walter Foster Studio series for tweens, aspiring artists can learn all about these cute creatures as they follow along with step-by-step drawing projects that  range from a mischievous chibi princess and a roly poly ninja to a furry manga bunny and a cuddly panda cub. Also included is a chapter on how to render any animal or person as a "chibi-fied" character. Instructions for adding color with markers or watercolor make this cartooning book perfect for any tween fan of manga or anime.

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Tools & Materials
Drawing Techniques
Color Basics

CHAPTER 1: Chibi Basics
What Makes It a Chibi?
Basic Construction
Chibi Girl Traits
Chibi Boy Traits
Breaking it Down: Sakura
Breaking it Down: Takashi
Basic Chibi Face
Average Chibi Boy
Chibi Girl Face
Chibi Boy Face
Chibi Girl Face: Side View
Chibi Boy Face: Side View
Chibi Body: Front View
Chibi Body: Side View
Chibi Body: Back View
Chibi Body: 3/4 View
Super-Chibi Body
Super-Chibis in Action
Chibi Eyes
Chibi Expre
Other Expressions
Girl Hairstyles
Boy Hairstyles
Hair Tips & Tricks
Chibi Hands
Chibi Feet
Chibi Legs
Basic Poses
Basic Girl Pos
Basic Boy Poses
Action Poses
Baby Chibis
Kid Chibis
Senior Citizen Chibis
Combining Chibi Styles

CHAPTER 2: Cute Critters
Critter Faces
Two-Legged Critters
Four-Legged Critters
Critter Arms
Critter Legs
Critter Basic Poses
Critter Action Poses
Creating Fantasy Critters
Critter Combinations
Any Critter Can Be Chibi

CHAPTER 3: Clothing & Props
Chibi Clothing
Dressing Up
Chibi Props
Furniture .
Chibi Food

CHAPTER 4: Bringing it all Together
Chibis & Environments

CHAPTER 5: Templates
About the Artists

You know them well—you’re reading your favorite manga or watching an anime, and suddenly a chibi appears. The word chibis (pronounced “chee-bees”) means “little” in Japanese. Chibis are super cute caricatures of people or animals that have been shrunken and squashed into funny, childlike creatures with big heads, stubby proportions, and silly expressions. In this book, you’ll learn to draw all sorts of chibis. You’ll also discover exactly what gives them their “chibiness,” including proportions, facial features, expressions, and poses, as well as how to “chibify” props, furniture, and other background elements. And because companion critters are a common theme in anime and manga, you’ll also learn to transform common animal friends into chibis.