Friday, July 15, 2016

Doodletopia Away Your Weekend!

I recceived this book, free of charge,from Blogging for Books, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.


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Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Cute Manga Characters and More (Includes Bonus Manga Crafts and Cut-Outs)

Doodletopia: Manga,  cover

Synopsis:

The world's bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books, Christopher Hart, will show you all the interactive, artistic possibilities offered by doodling, designing, and coloring using characters, scenes, and crafts from the world of manga in Doodletopia: Manga.

Doodletopia: Manga sample 1


Unlike other doodle books that leave you stranded, with no help at all,Doodletopia: Manga pairs fun doodle-based activities with the sort of insightful (and laugh-out-loud funny) advice and tips that countless readers have come to expect from cartooning master Christopher Hart. 

Doodletopia: Manga sample 2

From dressing up super-cute chibis to designing your own manga mazes to completing manga scenes and making manga-inspired crafts like bookmarks, stationery, and more, the opportunities for creative expression are endless. So what are you waiting for? Pick up your pencils, pens, markers, or crayons, and start doodling!

Doodletopia: Manga sample 3

Review:

You can't get away from Manga characters these days, can you? Not sure what they are? Manga are Japanese comics, and the stylized characters from them. This book concentrates on chibis, the younger, smaller persons in Manga.tales, and easier ones to draw! 

This is the second in the Manga drawing series that Christopher has authored, but I think it might be the most fun one! 

Doodletopia: Manga sample 4

The book starts off showing you the basics, having you 'complete' drawings, and showing you how to make your own characters. Miss Grace took on the top 2 girls, while I did the bottom. I think she might have done better on this one, as her girl on the right is easing toward a Day of the Dead look, and much more interesting than mine!

Doodletopia: Manga sample 5

Miss Grace decided my angel boy was 'too safe', so in honor of Harry Potter, I designed a more Manga looking Harry! What do you think? 

The book also gives you mazes to complete , like the one up above. Which was fun for Miss Grace and I to lay out and complete, with little 'animals that are all over social media' right now! Yes, we like to stay current, LOL.

Then the book gets into you actually doing ALL the drawing! 

Doodletopia: Manga sample 6

So my sheep looks more like a bear (per da kid) and my tortoise if a bit 'tired looking', but I tried. SIGH.  My teenager, didn't quite turn out right. I have never done well with elbows and noses, so it wasn't a surprise to me. 

But ultimately, we both had FUN with this book and would highly recommend it as a great way to pass the Summer heat wave. It teaches as it entertains, and you learn about balance and breaking an object into smaller arts ad then adding more lines and curves to make your final drawing, Add a great pack of pencils and some fun erasers, and you have a fun gift perfect for pre-teens and teens!


About the Author:

CHRISTOPHER HART is the world’s bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books. His books have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into twenty languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content and easy-to-follow steps, Hart’s books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals, and they have been selected by the American Library Association for special notice. 


Visit his website at www.chrishartbooks.com.

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