Author: Asia Ladowska
Publisher: 3DTotal Publishing
Available at: Amazon
About the Artist
Asia Ladowska is from Poland and living in the UK currently. She is an artist and designer and is originally from Poland. Well know for her art style which is unique and Manga like, she has built up a large number of followers on various social media in the last few years. She also has a good reputation for her solid standard of artwork. She is apart of the judging panel in 2018 for the prestigious animation industry awards. On Instagram. her #sketchwithasia art challenges have been very popular among other artists.
Asia combines her talent and skills for hyper-realism with her strong love for manga, creating her unique, well known and easily recognisable art style that are very liked. In addition to her popular and inspiring #sketchwithasis challenge on Instagram, she has now created this art book packed with her beautiful artworks, her artistic journey, tips and her own processes when creating her artworks. In this book, there are never seen before finished artworks made exclusively for this publication, topics that range from drawing hands, hair, faces, expressions, digitally, traditionally and more. Whether you are a fan of Asia, a fan of manga, or an artist yourself, you will definitely enjoy reading this nicely presented and unique book.
Asia talks briefly about her art journey that led her to where she is now and how her passion for manga-style art grew throughout the years.
Behind the scenes
Some more stories about Asia’s art journey and a look at her workspace where she produces both her digital and traditional art.
Asia shares her journey in more detail, talks about some early influences and shows some of her early artworks. Also how she got into hyperrealism. Apart from those, she talks about what inspires her, motivates her, her progress, social media etc. Various tips and advice are also added into relevant parts.
Pages of beautiful illustrations and sketches by Asia.
Asia shares with us her tools for creating digital and traditional artworks. Lots of tips and advice on sketching, how to do warm-up sketches, thumbnail sketches, concept sketches, observational sketching and dos and don’ts when sketching.
Techniques and advice
Tips and advice on how to draw and improve on the head, facial features, expressions, hair and hands, along with many sketches of hers to illustrate her points and show what she meant so you can learn from them.
Step by step processes with lots of commentary by Aisa. She shows different ways of colouring hair using Copic markers, how she works with digital or traditional or both for her artworks. Lastly, she goes through her steps in creating the front cover illustration.
As a fan of the artist, I was very excited to get my hands on this book. It comes with a hardcover with a lovely illustration on the front and back by the artist. The contents are visually well designed and colourful. This is one of the prettiest art books I have and I enjoyed reading through it thoroughly. Other than the many tips and tutorials, there are also many beautiful illustrations and sketches throughout the book. I’ve always been into drawing more manga and anime style, when I first started drawing, all I drew was anime girls. Now that I’m doing more realistic artworks, I still go back to drawing anime styled stuff during my free time. The tutorials on Copic markers were very useful for me. I have quite a few Copic markers but I haven’t used them for a while as I’m still not very confident in using them. After reading the Copic tutorials in this book, I think I’ll try them out again. If you are also into manga styled drawings and paintings, you’ll definitely enjoy reading this book and learn something new from it too.
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