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    WAZA: The Ultimate Guide to Character Illustration

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    Sold: Korean, Complex Chinese, Thai
    Published in July, 2023

    Selling Points
    • The long-awaited technical manual covering Naoki Saito’s illustration technique!
    • 6 chapters teaching concrete and practical skills.
    • A must-have book for anyone wanting to draw characters.


    Naoki Saito boasts tremendous popularity as an illustrator and drawing instructor. Based on Saito’s previously published instructional videos for producing illustrations, this book summarizes in one volume the techniques that will help you do character illustration, including tips for drawing cute faces, fail-proof techniques for drawing hair, composition methods for drawing attractive poses, having a good command of character drawings through coloring, creating original characters and more. Saito’s first book, “Umaku kaku no kinshi” (“No Drawing Block: How to Get Over Obstacles in Drawing”) from PIE International was a “book of insights” that introduced a way of thinking that is necessary for creative activities. This book, as a practical manual specializing in techniques, explains everything about Naoki Saito’s illustration techniques in a straightforward way!

    Chapter 1 Character Drawing Points
    Chapter 2 Brilliant Characters! Composition Methods
    Chapter 3 Master Line Drawing
    Chapter 4 Character Drawing with Control! Coloring Methods
    Chapter 5 How to Improve Background Drawings
    Chapter 6 How to Create Original Characters

    Author/Illustrator
    Naoki Saito is an illustrator born in 1982 from Yamagata Prefecture. After graduating from Tama Art University, Saito worked at a game company before becoming a freelancer. He also works as a coloring artist for the manga “BAKI”, and as the main illustrator for the game “Dragalia Lost” and also as an official card illustrator for Pokémon cards.

    YouTube channel
    Naoki Saito’s former YouTube channel had over 1,300,000 subscribers. In March 2023, it was wrongfully faced account banishment. He quickly restarted his new channel and on 24th April, he announced that from YouTube, he received his second silver certificate for passing 100,000 subscribers.
    • Size:257×182mm
    • Pages:240Pages(Full Color)
    • Binding:Softbound
    • Publisher:PIE International
    • Language:Japanese
    • ISBN:978-4-7562-5664-5 C2071
    • Author:Naoki Saito

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