Photo Reference Books of Japan
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Posted 4/15/14 , edited 4/15/14
So for anyone who knows the super ultra secret of being a good illustrator, or mangaka, is that you need good reference material. From clothes to people, buildings and nature, you need to see reference of what you want to draw to at least get an idea of how you will draw it.


With that said, it's not all too common that people outside of Japan to have good reference material of Japanese life. Sure using a manga or anime series to base your ideas off of is ok.... but it's not the best. It's better to use actual reference, so that is why I started this thread.

This thread will be a tool to help guide artist to find good reference material, primarily of Japanese life (since that is kind of the foundation of most manga... no offense comic books). If you know of a good photo book of Japanese life, or a good photo book that is good for over all reference, I would encourage everyone to share it.


Anime Books has a wonderful collection of books, some of which I'm already eying to get.
http://www.animebooks.com/referencebooks.html
http://www.animebooks.com/balac.html

As a book I'll add to this, a great reference for world street fashion (some Japan, but not a lot) is the book The Sartorialist: Closer. +500 of wonderful clothing/fashion reference that isn't too over the top. Certainly not normal casual, but worth it for anyone who is trying to expand on their reference material library.
http://www.amazon.com/Sartorialist-Closer-Scott-Schuman/dp/0143123181


No one is ever born as good as Mashiro Moritaka, Nizuma Eiji, Tit Kubo, or Akira Toriyama. Everyone has to work hard to be good at what the do, which ultimately means there is no such thing as talent. There is only skill that you build, and continue to build every day. So I hope this thread can help some of you build your skills and becomes greater illustrators and mangakas.

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Posted 4/18/14
Looking to draw a Japanese High School class room?
Well this book might help you out there so you don't have to google image search all the time.


http://www.animebooks.com/bacavo13cali.html

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Posted 4/18/14
Even though I'm bias towards books because I don't like looking at my computer screen for too long, Google street view is a great way to get pictures of Japan if you're looking for building and street reference. All you would have to do is screen capture the image. Hope that helps some of you who don't want to be a copy cat. Same thing can apply for other places in the world, even Detroit if you don't want to walk around by yourself.

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