How to Draw Manga: Colorful Costumes
by Tadashi Ozawa
Pages: 136 (color)
Publisher: Graphic-Sha (Mar 2003)
Restaurant Uniforms (Well-known establishments)
Nurse Uniforms (Nurse, Dentist)
Traditional Japanese Costumes (Kimono, Festival Costume, Miko)
Exotic Costumes (Chinese, Thailand, Austia)
Seductive Costumes (Bunnies, Race Queens)
List of Contributing Establishments
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Book Review by Rio
The Good: Most of the sections had additional details such as type of shirt, uniform length, apron size, and even store policy such as length of hair, jewelry, nail polish, and cosmetic usage in the Restuarant section. More complex costumes such as the kimono and miko, he goes into step-by-step detail on how it goes on, how it's tied, etc.
The Bad: The most vexing part of the book is that dark colored clothes made seeing the lines of the uniform difficult. Some may even view that the current uniforms depicted here will be outmoded in a few years except more traditional costumes and long-standing restaurant uniforms.
Overall: An excellent collection of costumes from real-life establishments and current clothing trends in Japan. He has nifty sections detailing all the variations of hats, shoes, aprons, and shirts that you may use to put together your own costume. This would be useful for those who will be drawing characters who will be wearing uniforms that are featured here. Although the uniforms are mainly from Japan, the uniforms can be transfered to your own region especially considering the costumes are theme and location inspired (French, Italian, American, etc).