How to draw “New Retro”

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This is a technique book that compiles the works, design philosophies, and creative processes of artists who specialize in “New Retro” illustrations.

In the illustration industry, styles and patterns reminiscent of manga, anime, and city pop from the 80s and 90s are making a comeback. While maintaining the atmosphere of the illustrations from that time, the art has been updated to modern styles thanks to advancements in digital technology, evoking both nostalgia and a sense of newness.

⚫︎ Chapter 1: Understanding Retro Culture
What is New Retro culture? Classifying New Retro
The influence of Japanese retro culture on New Retro
1 Animation
2 Manga/Picture Books
3 Games
4 City Pop
5 Showa Retro Pop
6 80s Fantasy

⚫︎ Chapter 2: Drawing Retro Culture
How to draw faces
How to draw bodies
How to draw expressions
New Retro fashion
How to draw backgrounds

⚫︎ Chapter 3: Creating New Retro Illustrations
Featuring artists like DenQ, Sawako Yabe, Kyoko Nakamura, Nika.

Release Date:
August, 2022

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Weight 601 g


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