i loved it as a lil kid.
I was a big Sailor Moon fan. I think most little girls are or would be. I felt she was the Wonder Woman of our generation.
So this one time I sneak out, all alone and turn on the tv expecting Sailor Moon. What I saw was some kind of anime/manga (I don’t know all the terms or whatever) but it definitely wasnt Sailor. I kept watching though, just in case.
Nope! Suddenly, some very dirty deeds were goin on in. Very dirty. Shock and awe! Cartoons don’t do that! Cartoons are for kids.
Nope, again. I went back to bed, traumatized. I never watched anime again. I avoided it and anybody that liked it, assuming they were kinda…weird.
I grew up and learned how to be open minded and accepting of all people. And I really am. Unless you’re hurting other humans, you and I are cool.
But I still didn’t like anime. I just tolerated it.
It’s hard to avoid in the art world. The following is so huge it’s incomprehensible, like some sort of subculture.
It’s impossible to avoid on Deviantart. I’ve been trying to get my foot in the Comission door just to see if I can. Well, 9 out of 10 requests are for that style of art.
Now, I know I can do character work…that cartoony kind of thing, I mean. So I figured anime would be a cinch.
Competition is fierce though, especially without any examples in the genre. But finally, someone gave me the chance.
Designing the portrait wasn’t a problem at all. Done. Painting it has been interesting….
You gotta be bold and strong handed with anime. You gotta know what you want, and where you want it. It’s like say what you mean, don’t hint at it. Nothing is implied.
In my watercolor, everything is implied.
Not so with anime.
See the difference?
And I struggle with that. A lot. Ive realized I’m not a bold person at all.
But I’d like to be.
So, anime still isn’t my thing, but I’ve got a new respect for that kind of artwork and the people who do it. Maybe I’ll show you my commissioned piece when it’s done.
If I ever find my voice.