i just want to appreciate your art style for a second like its so beautiful???? are you self-taught or did you take art classes? personally i consider myself self-taught but my school elective is art (and i also started drawing with anime which was a big mistake;;) BUT YES tell me the tale of how your art came to be -miki
Thank you Miki! I’m so glad you like my art style!! I’m self-taught, and also took art as an elective!
Personally though, I’m a little sad to see that you think starting with anime was a big mistake? The first time you drew was probably because you were excited to pick up a pencil and create something you love, isn’t it? And if it was anime, then why does that matter? I understand that maybe you’re frustrated because it might be limiting, but having anime as your starting base is definitely not a mistake, because we all start somewhere and build upon it. If you are frustrated because your teachers are picking on you for it, then honestly they don’t know any better. If you’re frustrated because you yourself would prefer to pick up a different style and you keep having your art referred to as “anime”, then I can suggest studying another style that you enjoy and seeing exactly what about it that you like and trying to adjust yourself accordingly. This sort of thing will take years to develop, but drawing anime got you drawing, and it set up how familiar you are with a pencil and the fundamentals of shapes in everything you reference, so please don’t think it was a mistake!
As for me, I started drawing with anime too (as you can probably tell by my style). My sister and I would watch anime after school and record it on our VCRs (oh boy), and afterwards my sis would pause the recording on certain scenes just so she could draw it. Me, being the littler sister, just copied her. :’D I actually don’t draw as much as my sister does, I only did it to mimick her, but eventually I just drew for myself because I like such obscure things that I would love seeing more of, and the only way to do so was to create it myself! I didn’t actually think of myself as an artist for the longest time, mainly because other artists were so passionate about their studies while I only drew to make myself happy and didn’t really care about the studying. So in all honesty, I can’t say I have ever drawn anything outside of “anime”, nor do I really desire to, because I only draw for myself. In any case, the stigma against drawing “anime” is honestly so outdated and inappropriate that I don’t even let those things bother me anymore.
This is not to say that there isn’t any studying I did; I worked very hard on studying anatomy in particular, because that’s still such a weakness of mine, and the best reference for anatomy is real photos. There was a point in my life where I doodled nothing but hands and feet and legs on all my paper, because those were the most difficult for me to draw (not so much anymore; nowadays it’s foreshortening, and I’ve been…trying my best at that haha). It may seem pointless in art electives when they ask you to draw objects and fruit, but honestly getting familiar with drawing those objects really do help in getting used to seeing shapes in everything and being able to draw from that. If there is anything I wish I’ve had more practice doing, it would be drawing animals realistically (and maybe more backgrounds Lol). I wish there was more advice I can offer, but since I’m not quite a serious artist, there’s so much I don’t know myself (and I’m fine with it because I’m not planning on making a career out of this, I only want to draw what I want. And that’s okay too!)
This got really long ^^; but I had a lot to say about that “Drawing Anime is a mistake” attitude that seems to be really prevalent in art classes everywhere…anyway, thanks Miki for the ask!