Yishan Li is a professional manga artist who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Yishan has been drawing manga since 1998 when she was in high school and she has subsequently been published internationally including China, North America, France and the UK.
Learn to draw your own manga animals by following the simple steps in this latest entry in the popular How To Draw series. As with all these books each drawing is broken down into a series of eight or nine steps with a little a more added at a time. You can see which parts are new because they are drawn in a different color, thus you progress from a few basic shapes to the finished line drawing, and then add color. If you are a total beginner at drawing anything you will wish that there was more than one stage for the coloring process dealing with shading etc, but anybody who has previous art experience and wants to try something new will not have a problem. Even beginners can learn by example and certainly the drawing part is particularly easy to follow in this title; copying the rest ought to teach something and is the way I learned to draw thanks to good old Walter Foster. There are twenty-eight different animals to choose from, all drawn in the "realistic" manga style rather than the more exaggerated chibi style and range from the cute to the more sinister. From the cute panda, penguin, gecko, lion cub, pigs and koalas to a crocodile, tiger, lion, shark and wolf there is a wide range of animal types, shapes and poses to attempt. As with all the books in this series the only words are in the index and single page introduction; the drawing projects speak for themselves. A useful and user-friendly entry in this series.* myshelf.com *