September 2012 update: My third book will be arriving in bookstores and online soon! "The Artist's Guide to Drawing Animals: How to Draw Cats, Dogs, and Other Favorite Pets" will arrive November 20, 2012. It is a bit more like Drawing Wildlife than Drawing Manga because of the emphasis on... show more
September 2012 update: My third book will be arriving in bookstores and online soon! "The Artist's Guide to Drawing Animals: How to Draw Cats, Dogs, and Other Favorite Pets" will arrive November 20, 2012. It is a bit more like Drawing Wildlife than Drawing Manga because of the emphasis on realistic drawings of animals- and their anatomical structures. The book features multiple step-by-step drawings of all kinds of domestic animals, from cats to canaries to cows, as well as a look at various breeds of animals. There are also several "artist's process" demonstrations where I show how I tackled drawings that presented me with difficulties or where I explain how to deal with common artistic problems. I hope that this book will be a welcome addition to any animal lover's or artist's bookshelf!*****My name is J.C. Amberlyn and I am an artist, animator, book author, and photographer. My first book, "Drawing Wildlife" came out in May 2005, published by the respected fine art book publishing company, Watson-Guptill. This book reflects my lifelong dedication to observing wildlife and mastering art techniques that illustrate the beauty of nature.My second book, "Drawing Manga Animals, Chibis, and Other Adorable Creatures" (published 2009-2010) explores another side of my interests: the imaginative and creative world of manga (Japanese comics). Ever since I was a teenager and first came across anime and manga at a local comic book store, I've been hooked. When I first became interested in this style of art, most people in the USA didn't know what it was. That has been changing, and I'm happy to share some of what I've learned with readers today. This book explores not only how to draw the animals and creatures that populate many manga series, but also offers a glimpse into the Japanese culture and mythology that inspired it.The pursuit of the artistic path has been a rewarding one for me, and I have met many interesting people and seen many beautiful places. I appreciate the support I've received from my friends and family. My work has received a number of awards and recognitions and has been published in both fine art magazines and comic books! My hope is to continue creating visual and written works of art that strike a chord with my audience and that express my love for the life that shares this planet with us.