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UNDERSTANDING YOUR STYLE - 2 by heysawbones UNDERSTANDING YOUR STYLE - 2 by heysawbones
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Part two of my Understanding Your Style: Symbols, Design Pattern, and Anti-Pattern guide/essay-thing.

If you're seeing this first because it came up stacked first in your messages, please, go read part one first! It might be a bit confusing otherwise!

If you like what you see here, please, share it with your friends. I literally put over a week's worth of work into writing, formatting, and illustrating this. If you like it, please support it! This message is extremely important to me, and I've been thinking about making a guide on it for a long time.
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arhiee 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
THIS! XDDDDDD
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:iconcrimeandoodler:
This is really insightful.
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:iconfanmann:
I was just thinking about TF2 when I read that. I had to double check to see if I hallucinated it. 
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:iconzeltidisfreak:
is anime style bad? like do people look down upon it? I'm just curious c:
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heysawbones Apr 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's not bad, but just like a lot of other things that aren't bad, lots of people do look down on it, unfortunately.
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:iconchesyrefrog:
I don't think so, and I would say that it really comes to the viewer of the work to make that judgement. Some people like an anime aesthetic while others prefer a more western design, or something abstracted. 

The best way to address your question is to note that if you're drawing something in "your" style then it can look however you want. The audience that likes your work will like something about your design. If they don't like it then there's something they just don't dig.

The comments I hear about not liking anime are things like "they don't look asian", "their (insert feature here) is out of proportion/looks unnatural" or that the style is disliked because they don't watch anime. These comments are from people who hold a bias to begin with. 

If you browse galleries you'll see many different styles that may incorporate themes found in western/eastern art and that span all levels of realism. Draw what you like to draw, and admire what you admire. Above all else dabble with changes to your style and get a handle on the subject that you're drawing and let the rest develop organically.
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HeartIsIce Apr 2, 2014  Student General Artist
So true!
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K-B-Jones Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You might be interest in something I just posed on my blog here:  karenbjones.com/2013/11/21/fac… . I think the reason for the long-nose anime error is that the proportions an anime artist learns for their anime is not the same as the proper proportions for realistic faces.  It isn't helped by an awful lot of tutorials out there teaching these anime proportions AS IF they are the classic, realistic proportions.  So, someone just learning to draw thinks they're getting it right when they draw this way, but in reality they're having the problems you're talking about here.  
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:iconwolfypaints:
Kyo Shoma is so much cuter in american style!  You did such a good job on this article.  Kudos  :heart:
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