Dear Starbugs :)
I've been so preoccupied with work and exams that I've decided that I need a fun project that I can get into this holiday and somehow, don't ask me how, I stumbled across a five step introduction to anime drawing.
I've always liked drawing, but in the past I've stuck to either abstract art or sketches of animals and buildings and stuff. I stayed far away from people because it's far too hard and I don't have the patience for it. I decided to tackle anime because the animation of people gives you a lot of room to play around in.
These are my two basic attempts at it.
The facial structure and eye placement is really tough to get right, and because I'm obsessed with symmetry it makes it even harder for me.
So, the next thing I'm working on is finding a technique to get symmetry of the eyes right. I'm tempted to measure and draw boxes and work within them, but I feel like that's the pansy way out. I want to be able to do them free hand.
I don't know much about anime nor can I say I've watched much of it other than a few popular titles and a couple for a History course I did. So I'm looking to make some anime friends who are willing to teach me/direct me to films or websites... :D Pleeeeeeease? I'm always keen to learn new stuff.
My main reason for avoiding anime, has been that what I've seen of it has been either very sexually explicit (which my poor innocent soul just can't deal with) or very violent. I've been lead to believe that anime generally deals with adult content, but I'm sure there must be some G-rated content?
For those of my readers, who like me don't know anything about the world of anime, I do know some stuff. Anime is a style that first popped up in Japan in the early 20th century. The style that spread across the world was mostly developed from the 60s to 80s. Within anime, there are a variety of styles depending on artists and studios -- some using a realistic approach and others the exaggerated stylistic approach. The latter is what usually comes to mind when I think of anime. Some are hand drawn and others, computer generated.
These are different styles -- the first being the realist style and the second two, the more exaggerated ones. Anyway, that's all from me. I'll keep practising and post photos as I learn different skills. (Cue the watching of ten million YouTube how to videos...)
If you have any tips or ideas or if you draw any anime yourself, then pop me a message. :) If you're amazing, then I'll make a post showcasing your work. If you want to send images, use my email address or my Facebook account. :)
That's all from me for tonight.. I'm off to watch more Project Runway. :D :D
Lots of love,