Drawing Anime Characters – How to Master This Drawing Style

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Many books and tutorials jump the learner right into drawing the anime style. However, it is important for anyone learning to draw to start with basic concept. Even though anime is a cartoon style of art, there are some elements that are rooted in reality. Comic book artists tend to exaggerate just about everything. But they must first learn how to draw MyReadingManga it correctly before making it pop or making their characters look larger than life. What makes this style so fun is that it shows life and energy in how the images are displayed. A lot of what you see is almost as if it came from a photo or magazine that was turned into anime with some added exaggeration.

It goes without saying that we must all learn to walk before we can run. It’s common to see comic book newbies and amateur’s work posted on sites that have issues of anatomy and proportion. If we look closely, the artist set out to do something great but all the positives of their work get distracted by the mechanics of the piece. Anatomy is an area that all artists must continue to hone and improve upon. Good anatomy makes a drawing more believable and acceptable to the eye. Great anatomy allows the artist to expand and do things that push the limits or even bend the limits. American comic book artists do this all the time. Starting with the concepts of true anatomy allows them to move beyond that framework a little in order to make a character more exciting, dramatic and larger than life.

Watch lots of movies and read lots of Manga. While it is hard at times to consider, sometimes it can be valuable to mimic a popular artist’s style to learn how to draw in this style. Years ago, Travis Charest (the famous American comic book artist of Wildcats fame) was just starting out and was sort of a knock-off of Jim Lee doing fill-in work. He created many popular works using this method before developing his own unique style which has now become very well known. There are countless other examples of this in that industry. Sometimes it takes having to do this in order to find our own look.

There are a lot of books out there that show the production art of an anime. Many of these artists have websites as well. It’s a good idea to study professional work and how they get things done. Obviously, they are able to get large amounts of work done while adhering to deadlines. This means that they probably have methods that are tried and tested. I’m a big fan of this “insider information”. I look at this info as precious nuggets of information that if I choose, I can put in my toolbox for later use. Why re-create the wheel? As a mother, I can’t tell you the guilt and pain that goes along with the disclosure of sexual assault. It’s been a year and I’m still “stuck in time” not able to move forward as we battle our court systems that i assumed would help us. Unfortunately, I am told that only 1 in 16 perpetrators ever get to court for these cases and of those only 6% will ever spend time in jail. How is a person to heal from such a personal assault when the courts don’t support the laws they write? As i struggle to move on with life and understanding of such unexplainable victimization, my daughter has found the strength and ability to do so. Maybe, one day I will have her strength and courage. Until then, here is her story and her desire to help others avoid a situation that affect her for the rest of her life.

My name is Tivona. I’m not a famous author, model, or actor. I’m not Super Girl trying to save the world or a Super Villain trying to destroy it. I’m not anyone special except to my family. I’m just an ordinary, fun loving, moody teenager. I’m just trying to grow up and live an average life like everyone else. I’m 14 and looking forward to high school.

Yet, there are days that i wake up and feel like I can’t relate to anyone else in the world. I want to be a ghost and disappear… There are days I wish I weren’t here. During the day, I maintain A’s in school, I sing, draw in my journal, hang out online with my friends, play the saxophone, am an avid hunter and am a half back on my soccer team. Yet at night, when i crawl into my warm bed – surrounded by my soft blankets, my cats and more stuffed animals than you can count, I feel so alone. So isolated. Like no one else in the world knows how I’m feeling. It’s at this time, that i have to deal with my own private monsters and demons.

In the dark, I feel like no one could understand me. I’m not worried about the typical teenage stuff because my life over the last 4 years hasn’t been really ordinary. It’s been conventional on the outside while pain and guilt raged on the inside. Quietly, I’ve suffered. How could I tell anyone that I was a victim of sexual assault? Who could I tell and who would believe me?

As the daughter of someone in law enforcement and the niece of an attorney, I have always been told, and led to believe, that if you do something wrong – you are punished. There are consequences for your behavior. Today, as i write you my story of sexual abuse at the hands of a loved one, my abuser is free to roam the streets of our town because the Prosecuting Attorney refuses to follow up on my claims of abuse

I know it is hard to listen to these accusations. I know it is hard to comprehend that “this” person can do “these” things but there is a “silent epidemic” occurring in this country and it is harming those of us you have “sworn” to protect! Please take a minute to listen to our “cries for help”. They are not false or “made up”. They are very real. In some of our lives, there are truly monsters who hide “under our beds” and “in our closets” at night just waiting for the darkness so they can “attack”. We rely on you to help and we need you now more than ever!

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