Yo como lápices todos los días ¿*Cuantos* años tienes tú? EsTaDoS UnIdOs Es PrImAvErA Whoa whoa whoa whoa, don-don’t deport me Donald Trump! …or should I say… DONALD DONALD RUMP I’m still getting “it’s just my style” comments, by the way, but I think that’s just inevitable. I get those comments about as often as I beat my little brothers, which is often. *slap* *yelp* *agony* Myself and others have said many times that you should learn the rules before you break them to create stylistic art. But I wanted to demonstrate this. I wanted to show you why this is the case instead of me just complaining about it. Surprisingly, a lot of stylized art and realistic art aren’t too different. Many general visual landmarks and guidelines kind of carry on throughout. They’re simply distortion in the right places. Here’s something pretty simple: The ear is usually located between the bottom of the nose and the top of the eyebrow, give or take a few millimeters. Let’s go through some art with all kinds of different styles and see if this is also true in them. Let’s just start with an anime- oOhhWwh, IT’S WeEIRRRDD Everyone knows off the top of their heads, even if they don’t watch anime. Attack on Titan This is a little bit of a more realistic style of anime, but let’s-let’s see- Oh, oh look. Look. Let’s see. Oh. Wow. Wow, isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that amazing that this is consistent for all, all the characters? Okay, that- that’s, that’s a more realistic one. Let’s… let’s do a far more simplistic one. Okay. So, as we can see, it pretty much… Almost at the bottom of the nose, okay? Of course, it doesn’t do it [with] the eyebrows because the eyes on these characters are very large compared to real life. But even so we still got the bottom of the nose area. If i- if it was down here, or all the way up here it would- it would look a little strange. Even here… …About the same thing. Here’s a popular recent show. My Hero Academia Now anime characters, they kinda have noses, but it’s- it’s this weird bump But even- even then, even then it’s pretty close. Pretty close. And in anime characters have huge eyes compared to compared to most things, so like, Even then. Hell, even this ridiculously stylized character Still has this going on pretty much. Like, like, like come on. Now, of course this does not apply to all styles, obviously. For example, the characters in Fairly OddParents have their ears almost on their necks But Christ, if you want to draw anything more advanced than a super simple heavily distorted cartoon, you might see how this is helpful. Here’s another example: In human faces there’s this arch that starts from the nose and carries over to about the end of the eyebrow. Surely this isn’t carried on in something like anime where all you got to do is put two giant eyes, right? ho ho ho ho ho ho WRONG Now it may not be shown in a black line and it may not be visible from the front but if you have a head that’s turned just so… Ah. There it is. When I say realistically I don’t mean realism where you try and copy every subtle characteristic of reality, even though that’s pretty cool to do. I’m just saying you should probably have a basic understanding of fundamentals and aspects of real-life. Hell, a lot of styles are just simplification[s] of real life. You can even get into Adventure Time territory where things are simplified to the point where faces are two dots and a line, and you can have shows like Steven universe where characters look like they waddled straight out of Chernobyl loud_scream.mp3 and then you have shows like Family Guy where everyone looks like a lump of flesh with a face and stands in the same poses like they’re controlled by a hive-mind. And you have shows like Big Mouth where the characters are the most horrid creatures to ever exist. And then you have the opposite of simplification where major movies try and take 2D characters into photorealistic territory like one of those 3d artists that also tried to do the same thing, except when they do it, the disgusting and uncanny look is on purpose. And then you have this Sonic poster that’s been trending recently where people can already tell something is screwed up and all we’ve gotten is a silhouette. Hey guys, I have a question. Is art direction in movies and TV getting worse? I don’t mean to sound like one of those people who are like “Ooh back in my day things were better” But I’m starting to notice some trends here. Anyway back to the subject. My point is art styles vary in all kinds of ways. If you want to continue to claim”it’s just my style” then fine I’m not stopping you. You have that freedom. You have the freedom to be a dumbass.