Ok so I was at Fanime last month and the artist of Ava's Demon was going to be there and I was excited. Super excited. Mega excited.
I dragged everyone to the artist alley the second it opened and after weaving our way through the crowds and nearly dying I finally arrive at her table and as I'm approaching, getting ready to gush like the fangirl I am, she says "You look so cute, could I take a photo?" (paraphrasing a bit)
I'd worn my lolita coord that day and while I'm busy being flabbergasted at this plot twist she goes on to explain how she loves lolita stuff and she wanted to get a photo when she saw me earlier as we were doing a preliminary walkthrough of the artist alley.
So she gets her photo, I buy a bunch of art prints and tell her that I love her work, she's such a big inspiration, all that fun bearing-my-heart-and-soul stuff, and I ascend right then and there because I'd just met one of my favorite artists ever in existence (who is super sweet) AND she complimented me and took my photo. It was the best day ever.
One month later and I still can't quite believe that happened.
(I went back two days later and bought some more stuff but I was wearing a different costume so she didn't recognize me.)
I met Vic Mignogna once several years ago at an anime convention. I got to ask him a question in a panel and we hugged and he autographed my con booklet thingie and took a photo together and he said I looked lovely and called me sweetheart, then I lost my shit (because holy fucking fuck it was the English voice of Edward Elric and Tamaki Suoh ohmygod) and it was basically the best day of my life at that point.
I haven't met any of my hero/idol artists yet, they all either live in other states/countries or attend events I can't go to at the moment (like actual ComicCons).
I've been just barely keeping up with watching Little Witch Academia, it's one of the few anime that have come out recently that actually makes me laugh.
I've also been trying to catch up on KiraKira PreCure A La Mode (because I'm a slave to the Pretty Cure empire) and Aikatsu Stars.
Ore Monogatari (still catching up on this too tbh), One Punch Man, and Mob Psycho 100 are some other anime I've seen recently that I've really enjoyed. I definitely recommend MP100, after watching it I can see why some people were so upset that Yuri!!! On Ice won best animation.
I've also started Idol Jihen (I'm not exactly sure what the show's meant to be about but idol anime has me in it's clutches so I keep watching it), Piace - Watashi no Italian, and while it's an older anime I also recently watched Golden Boy.
It should surprise no one that 80% of the stuff I watch is sugary sweet, ridiculous idol/mahou anime.
I'm excited because I'm going to an anime convention at the end of May with some friends and we're cosplaying and everything, it'll be my first time going to a con for more than two hours! And one of my favorite artists is tabling there!!
*rises from the grave to post long-ass rambling replies*
I was discussing this (read: rambling like a confused grandma) on twitter and Kelty brought up some excellent points.
You can draw whatever you want as far as style goes. Anime, realism, cartoon, whatever your little heart desires, but Kelty pointed out that style shouldn't take priority over substance. It's important to know the basics of what you're doing and that's always going to be grounded in realism.
I have a very obviously anime art style. I've always had very anime-influenced art. But it was always really really bad until a few years ago when I was forced to learn how the human body works and how perspective works and what the body can and can't physically do.
I was told the "oh anime is bad the big names aren't looking for anime" and I was really butthurt about it at the time. Then I started taking life and figure drawing classes where I had to draw real people doing real things (mostly just stand around naked for hours on end, not the most exciting stuff). But it helped me get a better grasp of what I was trying to draw and how to draw it so it didn't look wonky as all hell.
I wasn't taught how the human body functions and bends and moves in middle school or high school. I wasn't taught how to pace things or how comic panels work or even how to write well, and looking back I can see how bad everything I made was because I lacked those basic, fundamental skills on how to do everything.
How to draw manga books taught me more about style than substance. I learned more about basic things like what joints look like and what connects where on the body and how things sag and droop and flap around in the wind in one semester of art school than I ever learned from a book about drawing big eyes, big hair, and balloon tiddies.
Yes you should draw what makes you happy, draw things you like in a style you like, be true to yourself, blah blah blah, if you don't like what you're making eventually you won't like making anything at all, but during that discussion I was reminded that you can't ignore the basics. Life/figure drawing can be boring and dull and certainly far from pretty but regardless of your art style it can help set the foundation for all your work and you can build your style upon that.
Houses and buildings all look different depending on who makes them, where they're from, and what influenced them but they all have the basic foundations they need to stand on their own as functioning structures and the same can be said for art.
Anime being 'picked on', if you will, by professors is another thing that was brought up in the discussion and in my opinion for good reason. I've seen a lot of anime influenced art in the west and a problem I've seen with amateurs is they don't have those basic skills/knowledge and think they can't be bothered to learn them because anime is "pretty". I think there's a certain stigma around anime styled art that it's somehow better than other styles and therefore excludes people drawing anime style art from learning the basics of drawing things and people. And I used to think like that, I used to think I was somehow better than other artists because I drew anime and I knew other people that thought the same. I don't know if they've continued making art as they got older or if they've gone on to do other things, but I know my perspective on art styles in general has changed. I definitely know how I perceive myself as an artist has changed over the years, especially after my stint in college. I didn't like figure and life drawing at first because I couldn't draw anime but I did grow to like it once I realized the impact it had on my anime drawings and how much they improved by taking those boring, "useless" classes drawing real, non-stylized people.
Being forced to draw things that I didn't want to draw but were necessary for me to draw opened my eyes to how narrow-minded I was being regarding art. Styles are great and they're all wonderful, some I like more than others, but all the really good ones, the ones that really stand out, are from artists that have an incredible grasp on the fundamental skills that go into making art and comics and animation and whatever else. And I still have a lot to learn, there are lots of things I still suck at and can get better at even if it means doing things I don't like. You can't improve if you don't force yourself out of your comfort zone.
Tl;dr: You can draw whatever you like in whatever style you like, but you can't ignore the fact that the basic fundamentals of art will always be grounded in realism and it's important to include that in your knowledge, that's why professors will always harp on not drawing cartoons/anime when it's necessary.
I bought some ~~feminine products~~ yesterday and I got super excited when I saw they included a pocket pack of tissues, and got really excited when I filled up my car and it was only $39.57 instead of $40. I think that places me pretty solidly into adulthood.
Xeno would have to be an anime. It's got a super anime style and I can't really picture anything like Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network picking it up given that it's gonna deal with some pretty heavy/graphic stuff later on, so maybe Toonami or Netflix would pick it up? Or Funimation even.
Ideally I'd want it to be animated by Bones (Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater, Fullmetal Alchemist [both the original and Brotherhood]) or Madhouse (One Punch Man, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, Death Note) because I think the quality is great go watch One Punch Man if you don't believe me and they handle stories and characters really well.
@Van Husk: I really like this page, I love the soft colors and the grey line art. I don't have any context for this page but I also don't think it's necessary since it looks like the start of a new scene. Good job!
So I went to the office to try to make an appointment, which apparently I can't do because I've never been seen there before and they're looking for a new in-house dentist?? But the receptionist said I could be a walk-in if there was an emergency so a friend and I are going to go in Tuesday morning and see what they can do to fix my problem because my tooth kinda has been hurting on and off for a few days now and I think a massive cavity that's been hurting counts as an emergency??
But now I'm also paranoid to eat or drink anything because I have to wait almost a week before I can go get it looked at and I'm just kicking myself mentally for waiting until it was this bad to get it looked at why am I like this
This is the only joke I know and it's not even original, it's from a Mel Brooks movie but I just love it so much everyone needs to know about it (I don't remember the actual quote so I'm paraphrasing a bit).
[spoiler]The Romans have a lot of gods for a lot of things. The only thing they don't have a god for is premature ejaculation, but I hear that's coming quickly.[/spoiler]