How to Draw Manga: Maids and Miko
by Ozaki and Unkaku Koyama
Pages: 152 (b&w)
Publisher: Graphic Sha (Nov 2002)
1. Maids, Cooks, Governesses, etc: Intro to Domestic Servants
2. Frequently Drawn Maid Costumes
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Book Review by Rio
The Good: This book has pertinant details you should know about maids and miko, even some historical background and currently practices and views on these positions today. There are a vide variety of poses in front, side, and back views that will come in handy when you're stumped.
The Bad: The costume focused in the examples pages are all the same: mostly medium length dress with the occasional mini-skirt and long dress (to knees) uniform. This is good in referential terms for creases and all but you have to extend that and actually use your imagination to come up with actual maid costume designs and so forth. Miko dress is all the same so you don't have that problem.
Overall: All in all, this is mainly a referential book much like the 4th HTDM volume: Dressing your Characters in Casual Wear. This book is recommended to those who will be making a Maid manga or Miko manga or have a character in these two areas. Otherwise, I advise you to save your $20.00 for something else you need until you have to draw a maid or miko and haven't yet learned how to draw them.