Oh god. People actually PRINT those things. Us d.as should just freaking MAKE OUR OWN how to draw book. Those who are interested comment on my profile and we go to some publisher's and threaten them with our pointy pencils and sharp sculpting knives.
Like seriously. Now. That page offends me on so many levels.
Now the question is did he love you enough to actually flip through the book and find the crappiest one possible, but still made it a manga one to get your hopes up, or did he just pick the first one off the shelf?
seriously dude keep that crappy book XD i have something of similar "quality" in my shelf and whenever i feel uninspired or worse - untalented (we artists all know those phases when everything we start drawing looks just like crap no matter how we look at it) i have a look at it cheers me right up and i feel like a pro compared to it XD i am dead serious about this :I
...I missed your birthday. I followed you before I even joined DA, and I managed to miss your birthday. I'm so sorry, I hope you had a great birthday~~ And either Dei's gift was an intentional troll or accidental but at least he got you a gift, he loves you on a no-homo level ^^'''
I know how you feel dude. Just about every birthday someone gives me a "How to Draw Anime, Manga, Creatures, etc." and when I look to check it out it's ethier terrible or there's nothing I'd ever draw. It's just easier to learn on my own, use actual manga and anime as guides, or just get tips from senior/fellow artists. Like you. Love your art still and glad to see more "Aww Dude". ^u^