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A 24 year old human who likes to draw stuff, especially comics. This is my personal artblog where I will post doodles, WIPs and finished artwork and also text posts with ignorant opinions. I'm doing my best. Enjoy your stay!
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luvlymilk:

This will be one of the times where I write about something I care about. As all of you who follow me should know, art is a huge part of my life, so I think about it a lot and it is easy for me to over-think things that people say…especially when it is against my entirely favorite genre of art.  Soo I want to say something really important that I have been thinking about lately. 
I am very bothered by something and I’ll tell you flat out why; I have been reading some of the stuff said on artist-confessions’ tumblr… and, while it is totally valid to critique an artists’ work or a style or complain about it, all I can really say is that I really just don’t understand some things people say there, and in the art world in general.
When I got into High-school. In my first year, I found out that “fine” artists really hated anime. When reviewing my freshman-year highschool portfolio, my teacher told me “you are really imaginative. you seem like you are the kind of person who can turn a table-lamp into a creature and that’s really amazing. but, you should really drop the whole anime thing.” This, mixed with my hatred for most people who liked anime (I blame my horrible anime club experiences…) led me to quickly take her advice and swerve into a semi-western-cartoon semi-realism style. I was pretty proud of it and my teachers seemed to like it and its application.  But slowly, I started losing interest in drawing. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because I just didn’t think I could make it, etc, because the fine-arts world was just way over my head. I think at that point, I just didn’t understand what the art world wanted from me, so I didn’t know what I wanted from art. I sometimes still drew on the side, I never really stopped, but I was harshly critical of everything I drew and everything everyone else drew, especially if it wasn’t “fine art” or “meaningful/deep” art, I barred myself from liking anything that wasn’t within that realm.
In the last few years however, I have learned a LOT about myself, and for this I can thank a certain friend, who draws anime art. He was really really amazing to me, and completely changed my outlook on anime art and comprehension and my ENTIRE DIRECTION With my life. He did this by showing me his art, and by simply diversifying the style with all the ASTOUNDING anime artists there are out there. When I met him, I started drawing anime art again, because I WANTED to do it despite what people hated about it, and you know what? It just makes me happy. Plain and simple. That is why I do it. It makes me happy and it is how I like to express myself, and what I like looking at because it inspires me. I am excited to draw again, I am excited to show people my ideas again in a medium that I enjoy, and enjoying and exploring anime style has made me appreciate many other art styles too, because they really add to my ability to show what anime can really be. I am no longer afraid to say that I am an anime artist. I am not filled with DREAD anymore to tell people that I am, and I am not afraid anymore to tell art teachers that it is my main focus. Why? Because I know people just don’t understand how GOOD it can be.
That is why I am writing this and defending it. Because it is a colorful, varied, beautiful art style that I absolutely adore above all others, and I hate that people only see the horrible thick top coating of BAD anime art.
I realize it doesn’t make everyone happy. I realize some people just PLAIN do not like the style either and that’s totally fine! There are a few reasons I think people hate it so much, though- It is because it is very popular and easy to laugh at. It is because a LOT of anime artists are very annoying, Japan-idolizing, CRAZY anime fans who can’t appreciate other mediums, especially ones from their own culture. It is because the things people see are not very diverse, and the good anime artists are hidden out of plain sight, due to the fact that many of them draw things that MOST anime lovers don’t like as much. It is because many people use it as a way to draw fan-arts of almost EVERYTHING and makes EVERYTHING look like the “same thing/pose/style”, even though the original was unique. I think it is because MANY anime artists don’t learn basics and don’t develop their own sense of style or subject, and draw copies of things they “learn” in American how-to-draw-manga books.
…But I really don’t think people should be so harsh on anime as a genre of art, and shouldn’t group all anime artists together. I simply think people just haven’t seen enough of it or have an idea of it that is based on popular American anime artists on deviant-ART, or on Bleach / Naruto / Sailor Moon. 
Honestly. NO style of art is a limited style, and what you see on the surface is NEVER what should be considered the depths of the style. People, especially within the art community need to stop hating each others art that is different from their own,  and putting each other down for things they probably don’t understand. I mean, I don’t understand abstract art that looks like paint splattered on a wall by a small child, or the hundreds of sepia-tone photography of naked girls with a deer skull held in front of their face, or church pews rearranged to look like a sail-boat with movie screens peeking out of the broken parts, or anything else that can be considered “fine” art… but I still appreciate it for what it is and don’t put people down for their adoration or creation of it, in fact I applaud them for having a difference of style from me- because artists need to learn how to LEARN from each other, outside of their stylistic “boundaries”. There needs to stop being furry versus anime versus realism versus painting versus digital art versus ANYTHING ELSE war— it’s ALL ART, celebrate it because it is all beautiful! see the beauty in it, or try to look deeper into it instead of complaining and despising the things you don’t understand!

WHY DOESN’T THIS POST HAVE ANY NOTES!? THIS IS THE BEST RANT I’VE READ TODAY. I LOVE YOU DEAR PERSON ON THE INTERNET.

luvlymilk:

This will be one of the times where I write about something I care about. As all of you who follow me should know, art is a huge part of my life, so I think about it a lot and it is easy for me to over-think things that people say…especially when it is against my entirely favorite genre of art.  Soo I want to say something really important that I have been thinking about lately. 

I am very bothered by something and I’ll tell you flat out why; I have been reading some of the stuff said on artist-confessions’ tumblr… and, while it is totally valid to critique an artists’ work or a style or complain about it, all I can really say is that I really just don’t understand some things people say there, and in the art world in general.

When I got into High-school. In my first year, I found out that “fine” artists really hated anime. When reviewing my freshman-year highschool portfolio, my teacher told me “you are really imaginative. you seem like you are the kind of person who can turn a table-lamp into a creature and that’s really amazing. but, you should really drop the whole anime thing.” This, mixed with my hatred for most people who liked anime (I blame my horrible anime club experiences…) led me to quickly take her advice and swerve into a semi-western-cartoon semi-realism style. I was pretty proud of it and my teachers seemed to like it and its application.  But slowly, I started losing interest in drawing. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because I just didn’t think I could make it, etc, because the fine-arts world was just way over my head. I think at that point, I just didn’t understand what the art world wanted from me, so I didn’t know what I wanted from art. I sometimes still drew on the side, I never really stopped, but I was harshly critical of everything I drew and everything everyone else drew, especially if it wasn’t “fine art” or “meaningful/deep” art, I barred myself from liking anything that wasn’t within that realm.

In the last few years however, I have learned a LOT about myself, and for this I can thank a certain friend, who draws anime art. He was really really amazing to me, and completely changed my outlook on anime art and comprehension and my ENTIRE DIRECTION With my life. He did this by showing me his art, and by simply diversifying the style with all the ASTOUNDING anime artists there are out there. When I met him, I started drawing anime art again, because I WANTED to do it despite what people hated about it, and you know what? It just makes me happy. Plain and simple. That is why I do it. It makes me happy and it is how I like to express myself, and what I like looking at because it inspires me. I am excited to draw again, I am excited to show people my ideas again in a medium that I enjoy, and enjoying and exploring anime style has made me appreciate many other art styles too, because they really add to my ability to show what anime can really be. I am no longer afraid to say that I am an anime artist. I am not filled with DREAD anymore to tell people that I am, and I am not afraid anymore to tell art teachers that it is my main focus. Why? Because I know people just don’t understand how GOOD it can be.

That is why I am writing this and defending it. Because it is a colorful, varied, beautiful art style that I absolutely adore above all others, and I hate that people only see the horrible thick top coating of BAD anime art.

I realize it doesn’t make everyone happy. I realize some people just PLAIN do not like the style either and that’s totally fine! There are a few reasons I think people hate it so much, though- It is because it is very popular and easy to laugh at. It is because a LOT of anime artists are very annoying, Japan-idolizing, CRAZY anime fans who can’t appreciate other mediums, especially ones from their own culture. It is because the things people see are not very diverse, and the good anime artists are hidden out of plain sight, due to the fact that many of them draw things that MOST anime lovers don’t like as much. It is because many people use it as a way to draw fan-arts of almost EVERYTHING and makes EVERYTHING look like the “same thing/pose/style”, even though the original was unique. I think it is because MANY anime artists don’t learn basics and don’t develop their own sense of style or subject, and draw copies of things they “learn” in American how-to-draw-manga books.

…But I really don’t think people should be so harsh on anime as a genre of art, and shouldn’t group all anime artists together. I simply think people just haven’t seen enough of it or have an idea of it that is based on popular American anime artists on deviant-ART, or on Bleach / Naruto / Sailor Moon. 

Honestly. NO style of art is a limited style, and what you see on the surface is NEVER what should be considered the depths of the style. People, especially within the art community need to stop hating each others art that is different from their own,  and putting each other down for things they probably don’t understand. I mean, I don’t understand abstract art that looks like paint splattered on a wall by a small child, or the hundreds of sepia-tone photography of naked girls with a deer skull held in front of their face, or church pews rearranged to look like a sail-boat with movie screens peeking out of the broken parts, or anything else that can be considered “fine” art… but I still appreciate it for what it is and don’t put people down for their adoration or creation of it, in fact I applaud them for having a difference of style from me- because artists need to learn how to LEARN from each other, outside of their stylistic “boundaries”. There needs to stop being furry versus anime versus realism versus painting versus digital art versus ANYTHING ELSE war— it’s ALL ART, celebrate it because it is all beautiful! see the beauty in it, or try to look deeper into it instead of complaining and despising the things you don’t understand!

WHY DOESN’T THIS POST HAVE ANY NOTES!? THIS IS THE BEST RANT I’VE READ TODAY. I LOVE YOU DEAR PERSON ON THE INTERNET.

I don’t understand why so many people think that starting with art in anime style is bad…

The very first time you try out Cartoon: It will look like shit

The very first time you try out Anime: It will look like shit

The very first time you try out Realism: It will ALSO look like shit

If you practice a lot on Cartoon: It will improve

If you practice a lot on Anime: It will ALSO improve

If you practice a lot on Realism: It will improve

After years of drawing Cartoon: It will look great

After years of drawing Anime: It will look great

After years of drawing Realism: It will look great

"But if you start with realism, your anime/cartoon style will look better."


I’ve seen a lot of GOOD realism artist that actually SUCK at drawing in anime or cartoonish style. You will not instantly be able to draw in anime just because you can draw a realistic face. In order to master a style, you need to practice it. Then you have to practice mixing different styles as well.

EVERYTHING

TAKES

TIME

AND PRACTICE.

Draw in whatever style you want. But don’t blame on the “genre of style” just because you cannot instantly draw in a different style at first attempt.

Painting with light - in anime/manga-style! (btw the painting is unfinished, will finish it tomorrow or something)

I seriously think that if you wanna be able to make anything look like a realistic object, you have to understand how light and color works. Knowing how to “render” the light on an object will give it shape and form - no matter how flawed the anatomy is or how abstract the style is - if you render the values right, it can turn out looking like it has three dimensions instead of only two.

Tutorial Livestreaming!! :D

I am going to go through my tutorials live, showing more examples and how I do when I draw like in the tutorials I’ve made. We are going to go through realism and anatomy! So come join! I’ll have my mic turned on so I’m going to talk while drawing!

(Just click “hi-res” to view this in much bigger resolution!)
This took me way too long time to finish :CI should be doing commissions by now *shot*Anyway, this was fdhkdfjadlf-fun to do! Believe it or not but it took me a helluva time to make sure the character LOOKS like it should, no matter which style she belongs to.The funny thing is that, while doing this meme I sort of realized more and more how I wan’t Shaka’s hair to be. And I decided to remove her cat-eyes since they have always looked wrong on her. But I kept the green color of course.The Disney-version is a mix of Pocahontas, Esmeralda and Tarzan sort of. Didn’t wanna turn my OC into a Disney-Princess just because it’s in Disney-style (which can be VERY varied imo…)anyway… I recommend ppl to do this, ESPECIALLY you guys who have reached a higher level in skills of drawing. This is a reminder that even if we are good at drawing our own stuff, it can still be hard to imitate other styles - no matter how “simple” and “cartoony” they way be.

(Just click “hi-res” to view this in much bigger resolution!)

This took me way too long time to finish :C

I should be doing commissions by now *shot*

Anyway, this was fdhkdfjadlf-fun to do! Believe it or not but it took me a helluva time to make sure the character LOOKS like it should, no matter which style she belongs to.

The funny thing is that, while doing this meme I sort of realized more and more how I wan’t Shaka’s hair to be. And I decided to remove her cat-eyes since they have always looked wrong on her. But I kept the green color of course.

The Disney-version is a mix of Pocahontas, Esmeralda and Tarzan sort of. Didn’t wanna turn my OC into a Disney-Princess just because it’s in Disney-style (which can be VERY varied imo…)

anyway… I recommend ppl to do this, ESPECIALLY you guys who have reached a higher level in skills of drawing. This is a reminder that even if we are good at drawing our own stuff, it can still be hard to imitate other styles - no matter how “simple” and “cartoony” they way be.

aicent replied to your photo: I think this is pretty similar to the way i try to draw manga eyes, i feel like when i draw realistic eyes i just make them narrower and and less eyelinered . Do you do the same ?

When I draw more realistic eyes, the first thing I do is to “close” that classic “gap” that anime-eyes very often have:

So yeah, I often make the eyes a bit more narrow if I’m going for a less cartoony/manga-look. However, when I make the eyes more narrow, I focus most on how the eyelids are affected by the eye-socket. Because if you wanna make it realistic, you have to learn how skin, muscles, fat and bone affect each other. Especially on the face.

Manga to Realistic: Part TEN is now uploaded!

Manga to Realistic: Part NINE is uploaded!

This part brings up all kinds of people you can draw, from Keloid-scar to people with Downs and/or Cerebral Palsy!

Tried out the native features on Shaka’s face. I really like the result, did a manga version and a semi-realistic one to show you the differences. In the manga version, she has only the most typical features like the high cheekbone and a long convex nose-bridge. In the semi-realistic, I made her eyes smaller and the hair has less volume. Also a bit more defined lips.

Tried out the native features on Shaka’s face. I really like the result, did a manga version and a semi-realistic one to show you the differences. In the manga version, she has only the most typical features like the high cheekbone and a long convex nose-bridge. In the semi-realistic, I made her eyes smaller and the hair has less volume. Also a bit more defined lips.

MANGA to REALISTIC: part SIX is now uploaded on Deviantart

working on the tutorial in how you go from manga-nose to a more realistic nose

working on the tutorial in how you go from manga-nose to a more realistic nose