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7656 No. 7656
Hi everyone! I've been lurking here for a while now, but I'm pretty darn new to drawing TF2 fanart.

I normally draw in anime style, though I've been trying lately to expand my horizons and draw in a more cartoony style.

This is also on my DA.
>> No. 7657
Well, I'd be lying if I said I find nothing appealing/cute about this, but that's just me.

However, there are some obvious signs that you've been drawing anime for a long time. The large foreheads (especially on Heavy), a bit of sameface (most notably between Medic and Demoman, a little with Engineer), the noses (all very similar in how they're drawn) and the eyes. Please note I'm not talking about the chibified sniper, tentaspy and scout or the spycrab in these observations. http://tf2chan.net/resources/src/131560962494.jpg Please refer to this picture for reference on how the characters' faces look from various angles. Note that: not all of them have similar noses, either in prominence or curvature; they have differing jaw structures; very few of them have prominent foreheads. My point is: bear in mind the characters designs when drawing them, it goes a long way to gaining the respect of people on this chan and, frankly, is a pretty fun way to learn how to draw different types of facial features.

Anyway, that all having been said, you mentioned how you were interested in drawing in a more cartoony style; I'll take that to mean, "it can't really be called animu". In which case I would reccomend drawing from photographs (or preferably life) for a while in order to learn how things actually look, rather than drawing an idealized animu representation over and over again. Learning from life can also help you see traits that would be more fun to exaggerate in various ways (noses and ears, for example). This is the heart of caricature, and, as I'm sure you've heard, you relaly cannot start breaking rules (be it facial structure, anatomy, whatever) and drawing idealized, exaggerated or what-have-you pictures until you learn how the body works visually. Otherweise you'll never improve and will continue to draw the same, idealized, generic, mediocre, anime-esque pictures. As someone who was once a huge anime fan and is still trying to unlearn some of the shortcuts I fell into during that time, beleive me when I say that learning (or relearning) the basics of drawing is something better done sooner than later. Try visiting the workshop board on this site: there's a thread there with many helpful reference images and even reccomendations for studies. It's helped me immensely (and I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks its very useful)!

Anyway, I wish you luck in honing your skills, getting comfortable with style experimentation.
>> No. 7658

Yup, I've been drawing anime for close to 10 years, even though I've been learning to draw other things while in college. Not that I want to give it up completely, but it is about time I started to draw more in other styles.

I think I did word that pretty badly, actually. I mean, I look at a lot of the stuff I see on here (FluroKnife and yang, just as a couple of examples) and think "DAMN, I'd like to draw like that!"

I appreciate the advice and the reference you provided. I shall work hard so I can post more stuff soon.
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