We have researched and compiled a list of the 5 best books to learn how to draw Mecha and help you learn about every aspect of it.
Mecha, a generic term well known in the manga and anime community, is short for mechanically-based humanoids—as well as anything else mechanical, high-tech, and really cool. If it can fly, swim, fire a weapon, explode, or destroy stuff, it’s Mecha.
Comic book and animation fans hunger for Mecha. From the Gigantor animated TV series in the early ’60s to today’s Neon Genesis Evangelion, mecha is the king of anime.
Most Japanese Mecha anime/manga features giant robots in epic battles. These giant robots are as tall as buildings—and teenage heroes enter the robot’s death pit and navigate it like a fighter jet. Mecha is also popular in such Nintendo, Playstation, and Sega Dreamcast computer games as Mech Warriors, Battletech, and Combat Assault Vehicle.
To learn how to draw these cool giant robots these books will surely help you to do so and help you to master this genre.
>> Check our best picks of manga drawing books category wise.
Best Books to Learn How to Draw Mecha (Manga & Anime Robots)
- Mecha Mania: How to Draw Warrior Robots, Cool Spaceships, and Military Vehicles
- How to Draw Manga: Mech. Drawing
- Manga Now! How to Draw Manga Monsters & Mecha
- How To Draw Manga : Giant Robots
- How to Draw Manga Mecha (Ultimate Manga)
1. Mecha Mania: How to Draw Warrior Robots, Cool Spaceships, and Military Vehicles
Some budding artists may not have a feel for human anatomy or drawing the expressive faces of cartoon characters, anyone who can draw blocks and circles can draw mecha. Mecha Mania demonstrates how easy it is to draw fantastic mecha vehicles, robots, space stations, and more. The 300 step-by-step illustrations make it simple for anyone to master this wildly popular comic book genre and achieve dramatic results.
Mecha Mania features all of the coolest mecha designs and variations, along with outrageous battle scenes. Also included are informative interviews with a company that creates mecha-based games and a Japanese publisher of mecha. Whether one’s a beginning or professional artist, Mecha Mania is the best how-to reference ever published for mastering this hot, hot comic book art.
2. How to Draw Manga: Mech. Drawing
From bicycles to robots and space stations, mechanical drawing can be done with the use of just 4 elements (metal, glass, rubber, plastic). Once you have learned the element expression techniques, all you need to do next is accurately design the form and you’ve made a mechanical drawing!
In order to meet the expectations of the reader, this book introduces all sorts of ideas to bring out the true potential of mechanical function as a way to create fantastic mechanical drawings with a personal touch.
3. Manga Now! How to Draw Manga Monsters & Mecha
Written by best-selling author Keith Sparrow, this book, a companion volume to his earlier book Manga Now!, this book includes an overview of Manga basics before launching into specifics on how to draw monsters and robots in the popular Manga style.
Presented in simple step-by-step format, Readers will quickly learn to draw expertly with Keith’s expert, friendly and accessible advice.
See Our Other Best Pick of Manga Drawing Books:
- Best Manga Anatomy Books for Artists
- Books to Learn How to Draw Anime & Manga Characters
- Books to Learn How to Draw Anime/ Manga Dragons
- Best Books to Learn How to Draw Manga Monsters
- Best Manga Drawing Books That’ll Teach You Everything
4. How To Draw Manga : Giant Robots
In this book, Chapter 1 is divided into the different parts of the body, starting with the head, explaining directions in designing the eye or mouth, and then proceeding down towards the trunk and the hands and feet.
In Chapter 2, techniques in incorporating weapons, wings, and other extras to the robot learned in Chapter 1 to create a new design are explained.
In Chapter 3, android designs are presented. This book is indispensable to those creating manga with an interest in robots.
5. How to Draw Manga Mecha (Ultimate Manga)
Mecha is a popular branch of manga that deals with robots and other machines. With this Ultimate Manga guide you will be able to draw your own mecha creations by following clear, step-by-step instructions.
Helpful illustrations are also included to guide readers through each step in the drawing process, and vibrant examples of the finished drawings are shown on each page.
Tips are provided to help budding artists improve their mecha drawing skills and create better backgrounds for their mecha creations. Budding manga artists will be able to easily draw mecha characters as complex as a goliath samurai!