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How To Draw Anime

by Taiku Kitamura

Anime is a short form for the word animation. It is a term commonly associated with Japanese animation art, either through manga or animated cartoons. The more popular form that it is normally used on is the latter.

It can be a difficult and tiring process when learning how to draw anime. Being passionate in the art form has to be integral in everything that is done with it. If there is no love for anime, one will be hard pressed for fresh ideas and often end up frustrated.

Secondly, being able to come up with characters or storylines requires imagination – lots of it. The artist will need to be creative and be able to think beyond what is seen as common or typical.

Many world renowned anime artists are also known to be talented in their area of expertise. Some might not necessarily have gone that far without having inborn talent. It does not mean that those without any would never make it, but those who do are likely to have a better chance of success.

Without talent, effort and hard work can make up for it to a large extent. It might require more time for a dedicated artist with less talent to reach his or her goals. Ultimately, it can be achieved with extra drive and determination.

There are technical methods that can be relied on to also further one’s ability to draw anime. These methods will be the extra tools to be laid over the foundations previously described. When everything comes together, it will provide any individual with a total package to become the anime artist that he or she desires to be.

One of these methods would be to keep an open mind and learn from other artists. Having and developing one’s own drawing style is necessary to have a unique voice in the industry. But to learn and somehow include other artists’ approaches would push one’s masterpieces to higher levels.

The final piece in the jigsaw would be to always try to evolve one’s art. Learning how to draw anime can be done initially from books and other’s material. But without continually striving to improve and push the boundaries, it will turn stale. Avoiding that would be a sign that one has become a true anime artist.

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How To Improve Anime Design Skills

by James Huke

An anime artist can make use of different styles and methods to design each series. While every individual has his or her own artistic preferences, it also shows that there is no fixed method to achieve this for any designer. It basically boils down to what works best for the anime designer.

Many anime series begin with the artists relying on the storyboard. This has the artist drawing out the main flow and plot before more meat is added further down the production process. Anime artists who use this method are usually structured in their ways.

There are also anime artists who do not work well with structure. Thus, they go with gut instinct and draw on the fly. They might have a rough idea of the storyline, but are open to changes at anytime, anywhere.

Some artists are also more reliant on their personalities, such as preferring to have multiple options before making decisions. These anime artists are not adverse to working with different scripts or drawing up multiple panels before choosing the best possible ones. It might be time consuming and chaotic, but they prosper in these situations.

Despite the difference in approach, all anime artists still have to keep in mind the final storylines to be delivered. This keeps them in focus and have to be abided in order to reduce waste of time and effort in not meeting production deadlines.

Artists must always try to improve themselves especially in a commercially heavy industry as anime. There is no question that being naturally talented would get an artist far, but nothing can substitute hard work and dedication. Most anime artists understand that and use it to become better illustrators.

An often used way to improve is to learn from others. Anime artists have a common bond and always like to draw inspiration from other artists whom they identify with. They might even take on new styles which help them express new ideas which they previously could not with present methods.

Moving away from your main art form is also advisable. Explore other modes such as writing or computer art which might also bring forth new progression. An artist can produce newer and more exciting anime with different experiences gained through life and work.

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Live Drawing Example Anime Girl in MS paint

Nadyusha asked:


I hope you enjoy this anime girl created in MS Paint. I actually did not get to finish the body but you will still enjoy. :) The song is called Flavor of Life, by Utada Hikaru. I'm not associated with the singer in any way. Thank you all so much! I really appreciate your comments so much! ♥ Yes, I have used a mouse to draw this. It takes patience and practice. Nothing more. Yes, I can draw realism. I am new to anime drawing and so am practicing it.

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