one of my #1 petpeeves animation-wise is when people try imitate the 20s/30s rubberhose cartoon style and they give their characters those horrible pie-slice eyes, not knowing that those are supposed to be the irises.
im very uncomfortable in general with artists whos whole shtick is “cutesy children things! but instead it’s bad and edgy!” like.. theres a lot of different manifestations of this (ex. melanie martinez, “realistic” drawings of cartoon characters that are bloody and grotesque, some 20+ year old trying to emulate children’s crayon drawings except it says “i hate you” or some other stupid shit, etc) but it’s always bad and annoying
I don’t have problems drawing nsfw, animals or whatever you want (to a certain point, of course). If you want something specific we can talk about it (like just the lineart, your OC…). I will need references (in case if it’s from a fandom I don’t know, or your OC or photos of you or someone else if you want a headshot) and a good description of what you want. I ask for permission first before posting the picture in case you want to keep it private.
If Bendy and the Ink Machine was at all clever, they’d work into the plot that the animation studio shut down because it was created Pre-Code.
That is, Bendy in-universe is based on a little devil design. Bendy is clearly based on the pre-code Betty Boop cartoons which were aimed at adults and which embraced and wanted to explore the then new artistic movements of Jazz and surrealism, as well as showcase then-modern ideas like the “flapper” and the disconnect teenagers had with their old-world parents. (see Minnie-the Moocher)
This was all well and good…. pre-code. So now imagine you have this animation studio in the late 20s early 30s and they have this cartoon character based off of a devil and whose cartoons all have similarly devil/angel themes. All well and good in Golden Age Hollywood. But now the Hays code comes along, takes ONE look at these cartoons and goes “SATANIC! NOPE! CORRUPTION OF THE INNOCENT! NONE OF THAT!” and slaps them with the code.
Now you have an animation studio who’s entire identity is no longer “ok”. And they try and scramble to save the studio by focusing on more code-friendly cartoons. But of course this doesn’t work, they can’t make their money back, and the go bankrupt. They have to close down the studio and move on to other work.
NOW throw in the whole evil cult underbelly and the Bendy as a real demonic entity thing and suddenly your story has a LOT more meat to it! Work the weird cult shit into the code thing! “Shit! We have a literally demon on our hands and now we’ve been barred from doing the one thing we have to do to keep it happy!” And THEN have Harry come back to the animation studio in the 50s/60s (30 years later or whatever the game’s timeline is) and uncover all of this after the fact with angry demonic cartoons around and uncover the real secret behind the studio. Throw in some mysteries that might’ve happened to the animators after they left the studio that needs uncovering, build up some grey morality and questionable sympathy for our cartoon characters who were ‘abandoned’ due to a cruel, unfair censorship that killed off a lot of creativity during that era, but they’re also demons so how are you suppose to feel about them? And suddenly this all clicks together into a much more fleshed out story.
But no…. “Sammy/Joey was a crazy satanist who wants senpai to notice him” is cool too….. I guess…. Let’s just use the Aesthetic because “lol old cartoon are weird amirite???!” and not actually use it as a narrative tool. That’s fine. Who wants Substance, right?
One of my earliest memories in life was when I was watching Scooby-Doo, and my mom saw Scrappy-Doo on the screen. She groaned and said, "Scappy-Doo is the worst cartoon character". Even 20+ years ago people hated Scrappy-Doo.
People have been hating Scrappy ever since his conception, ever since his devilish birth. I am not the first to loathe him, nor will I be the last.