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I am an internationally published author of six how-to-draw books published by Watson-Guptill/Penguin Random House and Monacelli Studio. These books focus on subjects ranging from wildlife to pets to manga characters.

How to Draw Cats and Kittens

In this step-by-step guide, J. C. Amberlyn combines her love of cats with her beautiful, detailed drawing style in order to teach beginning artists to draw many different breeds of cats and kittens in pencil and pen-and-ink.

How to Draw Dogs and Puppies


How to Draw Dogs and Puppies continues a rich tradition of dogs in art. In this step-by-step guide to drawing over 100 different breeds and mixed breeds of dogs and puppies in pencil and pen-and-ink, best-selling author J. C. Amberlyn combines her love of dogs with her beautiful, detailed drawing style.

How to Draw Manga Characters

In her second manga book, best-selling author J.C. Amberlyn focuses on favorite manga archetype characters, with a fun and lively how-to-draw book aimed at beginners. “The book goes way beyond just simply drawing for drawing sake. You can see how J.C. is able to build a character up from a sketch to a fully clothed and properly posed figure and how to give them the appearance of thought. Something a lot of other books on drawing leave out, but extremely important if you are drawing a comic or creating an animation.”
—Marc Spess, author of Secrets of Clay Animation Revealed

The Artist’s Guide to Drawing Animals

In this step-by-step how-to guide to creating classic portraits of animals in pencil and pen-and-ink, artist J. C. Amberlyn combines her love of pets and other familiar domestic creatures with her beautiful, detailed drawing style. Covering a variety of animals from dogs and cats to barnyard critters like cows and sheep and many more, the book covers every species with easy-to-follow instructions for drawing them from every angle imaginable.

Drawing Manga Animals, Chibis, and Other Adorable Creatures

Learn the Tricks of the Trade for Drawing Irresistibly Cute Manga-Style Animals and Chibis! The world of manga is filled with strange creatures and adorable sidekicks. Just about every manga hero and heroine has an animal mascot, and all the most popular ones have a cute “chibi” form.

Drawing Wildlife

My first book. Artists and naturalists will master their ability to render lifelike depictions of a wide range of wildlife in a variety of still and action poses in this unique instructional. Amberlyn begins by offering a discourse on animal anatomy, basic animal structure and characteristics, and the animals’ natural environment. Such details are examined and explored through more than 300 detailed animal studies.

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