The Manga Artist’s Coloring Book: Girls!

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From Sixth & Spring books we received the book The Manga Artist’s Coloring book : Girls ! For writing a review about. We want to thank Sixth & Spring Books very much for this.


Information you can find on the internet: Bestselling how-to-draw author Christopher Hart celebrates grrrrllll power with a wildly entertaining coloring book featuring manga’s most popular female characters. This must-have collection for fans draws on Hart’s numerous accomplishments in the genre and offers intricately patterned black-and-white illustrations drawn in his eye-catching style. Not only are the pictures fun to color, but would-be artists can use the illustrations as a tool to practice color design for their own character drawings. The Manga Artist’s Coloring Book: Girls! is sure to be a crossover success with both the manga and coloring crowds.

I like the look of manga dolls a lot, so as we received this book I started flipping the pages right away. The cover looks merry. A happy manga lady with cats on her arm and on her head. This invites me to start colouring. The paper is nice and white, has a fine structure and it feels firm. The pages are printed one-sided, which I always find a big plus. There are so many nice designs in here, that I will have to make a choice first as to which one I want to colour. I will show you some examples from the book first.

I chose a design for colouring with pencils. I chose the Faber Castell Polychromos. The pencils slide over the paper smoothly and cover it well. Because of the fine structure of the paper adapting isn’t necessary. What I did notice was that the ice chrystals in the background are too delicate sometimes to be decently coloured with a pencil. Even after sharpening the tip really well it still was difficult. I’m still pretty happy with the result though.


Next I coloured a design using felt-tips. I chose the Kuretake Zig Clean color real brush pens and the Faber Castell Pitt Brush pens. The Zig Clean color real brush pens are very wet and a little too wet for this paper actually. The ink remained on the paper for quite a long time before it dried completely. So after I noticed this I coloured most of the design using the Faber Castell Pitt pens. These pens are less wet and coloured well on this paper. The ink stayed in place and dried well. The colour display was also very nice. What I did notice was that the stars in the background, near the speaker on the top right, run through the speaker. I find this a pity. So I pretended the stars weren’t there. Despite the Zig pens being rather wet, I’m still very pleased with the result.


Because the book is printed one-sided, I wanted to test how alcohol markers would work on this paper. I chose the Winsor & Newton Brushmarkers. I started with the stars in the background. I coloured these with yellow and this went very well. Next I coloured the hearts using red and I noticed that this colour bled a little. I coloured the smaller hearts using pink, and this colour didn’t bleed. Some colours bled a little and others didn’t. Despite of some colours bleeding a little I’m still happy with the result. Since the bleeding wasn’t that bad.


Conclusion : The book contains one-sided printed pages, which I always find a plus. Pencils and felt-tips coloured very nice on this paper. Some alcohol markers bled a little where other markers didn’t. I found the Zig Clean color real brush pens a little too wet, which caused the ink taking a long time to dry, so I chose to continue using different markers.

Data from the book:
Title: The Manga Artist’s Coloring Book: Girls!
Illustrator: Christopher Hart
Publisher: Sixth & Spring books
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 13 x 276 x 216 mm
ISBN: 9781942021681
Price: € 11,99 ( € 10,55 (Bookdepository)

This book is available at & Bookdepository a.o.

This review is translated by Nathalie Janssen. Thanks for that.

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