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((I'm writing an article on the topic. Do YOU think drawing in manga style requires less effort than drawing in other styles?))




Hi guys! I need your help!

I recently enrolled into uni to study digital art and design and I was faced with this big fat stigma against manga-style arts. I've decided to write an article about it for my course's blog and I WANT YOUR OPINIONS.
Because me, I just don't get why is it that Western cartoon style is acceptable and anime/manga style isn't. And why art tutors say things like "Oh, we'll have to beat it [anime] out of you, then" to students who admit they like anime/manga.

Why black splatters on white paper have a profound meaning while a complex illustration is dismissed as a piece of crap, non-art, just because it is drawn in manga style?
What the heck happened to the freedom of expression, anyway?
I knew most art schools are not in love with anime/manga style, but I just honestly wasn't expecting such open, well, hostility, for the lack of a better word. And not just amongst the staff, but a big part of the student body as well. It just makes me sad. But that's beside the point.

The most common misconception seems to be that people who draw in anime/manga style are shit artists otherwise, that drawing in anime/manga style is as indication of lack of skill.

Thus the question: Do you think drawing in manga style requires less effort than drawing in other styles?

Also, if you have any experiences of people dissing anime/manga as a form of art in general, please do share. If you remember even approximately what somebody said about it, please quote.

Thank you for your help. : )
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AquaXranoX Oct 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yes it is less effort because because drawing anime is simplified, and stylized. There are so many wrinkles and parts, lines and other things that it excludes; check out Marvel and DC artwork for yourself. Sure you have to understand basic proportions and anatomy to draw anime too, but It's still stylized. Every life drawing professor keeps telling me to stop drawing those cartoons/ anime whatever and draw realistic before i draw my own style because once. My drawing professor just the other day told the class that they look at people who can draw realistic still life/ life drawings, get interviewed first and the others who draw cartoons only, etc get interviewed last. I don't know about that so don't take me to serious on that part. 

Here's more info on styles.


have fun and good luck in art university!
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xAoibarax Oct 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I was just reading this journal, and I found your comment. And although I am not yet in college, I notice what you are saying is quite true.

I was at a mini college interview, and this admin representative checked my artworks (I only had one anime artwork there.), he loved all of them (Realism fyi) except for one, which was the anime one of course.  There were also other students having their stuff checked out, and I realized that he even disliked the cartoon styled works.  So, judging from what you say, just simply avoid anything stylized in art schools? I did some research and not only art schools condemn anime, but even American cartoon styles.
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AquaXranoX Oct 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The professors just want you to draw exactly what you see, observation, and not what you know, which is stylize, so that way you build a good foundation I guess. Academics I'm guessing.
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xAoibarax Oct 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I see. Been doing tons of that these days. Not as fun as what you wanna draw, but hey. Its worth it. Thanks!
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AquaXranoX Oct 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's not fun at all anymore! Me and my peers are getting sick of doing the same stuff over and over! But I guess it's what makes us get "better" and yeah anytime. Good luck in the world of art!
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xAoibarax Oct 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! I will do everything I can to make myself a better artist! 

The reason I kinda find it fun is because it is something I can just stay totally focused on for some reason. Maybe it might change when I graduate LOL.
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AquaXranoX Nov 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Lol keep that passion up and you WILL become a better artist without a doubt, as well as tons of practice everyday. 
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AquaXranoX Oct 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ugh my darn sentence got cut off...  Every life drawing professor keeps telling me to stop drawing those cartoons/ anime whatever and draw realistic before I draw my own style because once I master realistic Life drawing, Still life etc, There is NOTHING you can't do because you have that foundation.
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WhispersSweet Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My art teacher pretty much told me my work sucked because it was manga. I'm handing it in anyways, I hope her eyes burn out when she looks at it. =.="
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Jajamola88 Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No, it does not require less effort. I think it's the fact that being good at manga does not always mean you're good with realistic drawings or vice versa.
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