Resource: Manga For Dummies, by Kensuke Okabayashi (Wiley)
Of course I'm going to reference a fellow For Dummies author!
Seriously though, Kensuke Okabayashi's book is perfect for the beginning manga artist. He works to include many of the basics of drawing and character design in this book, with many simple tips and instructions to get you started down the path towards creating your own work.
1 think the thing to keep in mind when you're first starting out is to not lose faith. It's easy to get discouraged when you start drawing because the drawings you produce don't look at all like what you may see in the book. That's fine. You have to crawl before you can walk. Kensuke does a fine job in helping you along those first steps. It isn't easy (despite what you may hear the experts say), but if you read and pay close attention to what Kensuke has to say in his book, you'll get the hang of it faster than you may think.
Oh yeah, and he shows you how to draw big robots. Who wouldn't like to learn that?
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