Beginning as a handbook to aid in car and shoe design, the IDRAW (opens in new tab) series of sketchbook and reference guides has extended to include comics and, most recently, manga to its portfolio.
These innovative, pocket-sized moleskines are an indispensible tool for budding comic book and manga artists – inside their pages lies a unique mash up of creativity, education and utility.
"We have combined the limitless possibilities of a sketchbook, the how-to of a text book and the what's what of a reference guide into one game-changing tool," says IDRAW creator Matt Marrocco.
In collaboration with Marvel artist, Ryan Stegman (opens in new tab), Matt created I Draw Comics (opens in new tab) with the help of Kickstarter back in 2012, where they smashed their target and were met with great enthusiasm from fans.
This time Matt has joined forces with Sara Mayhew to create I Draw Manga (opens in new tab). According to the now funded Kickstarter page, Matt and Sara have "created a new standard for aspiring Manga artists, anime devotees, and anyone looking to improve their drawing skills."
These sketchbooks include valuable reference information such as publishers, schools and recommended tools and materials.
Character design, proportion and background effects are all illustrated with tutorial guides and templates, complete with room for your own practise.
The beauty of the IDRAW comic and manga reference guides is that they give you the ability to immediately apply what you've learned in the provided "Non-Photo Blue" templates.
These act as guides to improve your grasp of proportion and perspective and allow you to scan your sketch into Photoshop – with minimal tweaking, the templates disappear leaving only your sketches behind.
I Draw Manga is due to be shipped to backers this February, so in the meantime pick up a copy of I Draw Comics (opens in new tab) and check out the IDRAW website (opens in new tab) for news on it's public release.
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