How to Draw Anime & Game Characters Vol. 2: Expressing Emotions
by Tadashi Ozawa
Pages: 156 (b&w)
Publisher: Graphic Sha (Aug 2002)
Chapter 1: Let's Start With the Basics
Chapter 2: Expressing with the Full Figure
Chapter 3: Directing Different Scenes
Chapter 4: Experience on Paper
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Book Review by Rio
The Good: Ozawa's format of giving head examples and then full body examples are used in this volume again but in this case, it is not a disadvantage at all! 14 characters are used with a 4 page example of head and full body emotions per character - a huge collection of reference and examples with each character having their own way of expressing each emotion.
The Bad: I can't find anything bad about this volume!
Overall: If you have problems drawing expressive characters get this book immediately! I can't begin to tell how handy it is to see a variety of characters (young to old, male and female) with their own unique manner of displaying an emotion (fear, smugness, unease, etc). The book goes a bit further and helps you how to translate that emotion into a panel or animation scene for maximum impact which I find quite useful.