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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 21 March 2024
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800921733
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 215x232 mm
  • Illustrations: 350
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £12.99
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Step-by-Step Manga


by Gecko Keck (Author)

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Book Description

Learn all the tricks to make your manga characters come alive!

Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of manga artistry with Step-by-Step Manga, an essential guide by celebrated German illustrator and artist, Gecko Keck.

Perfect for both beginners and seasoned artists, this comprehensive volume unveils the intricacies of drawing in the Shojo, Chibi, Bishie and Shonen styles, and provides a wealth of knowledge for mastering the art of manga.

Gecko Keck explains the fundamental techniques required to bring manga characters to life on the page, beginning with an exploration of the essential tools and materials and moving on to a useful reference of drawing techniques such as shading and achieving texture.

The anatomy of manga characters is then explored meticulously, stage by detailed stage, from the complexities of facial features for each of the different manga styles to the depiction of hands and feet, which are a challenge for many artists. Keck unveils his secrets for conveying emotions and dynamics, as well as adding depth to characters through hairstyles and fashion choices right through to mystical or fantastical details such as animal ears and even tails! All of these components combine to help aspiring graphic novelists infuse their characters with authenticity.

Through the application of colour, whether by hand or digital, readers discover how to create the world around their characters; the addition of backgrounds and graphic effects are shown to enrich the visual narrative.

The final stretch of the book is a celebration of creativity as the reader is invited to put all their skills into practice to plan out a graphic novel of their own and apply a storyline that gives characters the chance to thrive and the artist the chance to become a true mangaka!

Newcomers to manga will appreciate the accessible approach, while experienced artists will discover fresh perspectives and refined techniques.

Step-by-Step Manga is a comprehensive course that equips readers with the tools, techniques and inspiration to excel in the world of manga illustration.

Table of Contents


Manga Basics
Materials not just for professionals, Outlines and hatching, Starting with the head, Characteristics of a girl’s head, Characteristics of a boy’s head, Differing perspectives, Magical manga eyes, Secrets of the nose and mouth, Girls’ hairstyles, Boys’ hairstyles, Suggesting hair colour, Young heroes strong emotions, Hands and feet, Anatomy of a manga character, Manga movement, Perspective and the manga figure

Fashion and Emotions
The school uniform, What’s your style?, Fashion trends, Boys’ fashion, Magical transformation, Limitless emotions, Utterly in love, Enchanting faces from other worlds

Valuable Knowledge
Perspective, Backgrounds, Digital colouring, Colouring by hand, Graphic symbols and effects

It’s all cute
The world of chibis, Shojo or chibi or both?, Dolls and stuffed animals

My own Manga
Bringing in the action, Young gun, Prima ballerina, Football star, Basketball player, A manga story is born    

Characters and Style
Scorpion woman, Cat girl, Vampire, Sci-fi hero, Young fighter, Dark teen boy, Dark teen girl, Cosplay

About the Author

About Gecko Keck

Gecko Keck (real name: Gerhard Wörner) is a German artist, designer and author.

After graduating from high school, Keck worked as a freelance illustrator and caricaturist for various newspapers, then as a graphic designer, illustrator and comic artist. During this time he developed his own magazine concepts and took part in various exhibitions in the Stuttgart area. In 1993 he took the leap into self-employment and started working as a freelance artist and designer.

In 1996, Keck began designing Kinder Surprise egg toys for the Italian confectionery manufacturer FERRERO, making a total of over 5,000 drawings and 300 models. In the same year, he opened his own art gallery, featuring with paintings and sculptures; and in 2005, he founded the Kieselsteiner publishing company. 

Gecko Keck has published around 90 books since 2007, including bestsellers that have been published worldwide for children and adults. He has now created more than 25,000 drawings, paintings and figures.

Keck is married, and the couple has two daughters. He spends a large part of his time on the Tuscan archipelago island of Elba.

Find Gecko Keck on Facebook and Instagram @geckomanga

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