Christopher Hart, the bestselling author of how-to-draw books who doesn’t take criticism well, will be releasing another book on August 7 from Watson-Guptill. Manga for the Beginner Kawaii promises to teach readers “How to Draw the Supercute Characters of Japanese Comics”.
The sell copy references Hello Kitty and Pokemon, for some quick reference points, in explaining “the superpopular manga genre of Kawaii”. (I wasn’t aware it was a genre, instead of a style or a design choice, but I also didn’t know Hart was “the undisputed master of manga”.) I wonder how well an art book aimed at kids that promises to show “dark-but-still-cute Goths” and “beautiful ladies of the Kawaii subgenre moe” will go over with adults, but they probably aren’t even going to read the book. This is another volume that provides some material suitable for copying, until aspiring artists move on to volumes that teach them how to create, not just copy. I’m almost inclined to check it out, just to find out how much it differs from Hart’s Manga for the Beginner Chibis, which is also subtitled “Everything You Need to Start Drawing the Super-Cute Characters of Japanese Comics”.