Has watching anime ever inspired you to draw?

@harck721 (372)
Philippines
April 25, 2011 8:40pm CST
It was just a random question that popped into my head yesterday. I've been watching anime since I was a kid and, looking at my drawings now, I can see most of them are in that style, even when I was a kid. Is that necessarily a good thing or a bad thing?
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@rinakitto (111)
• United States
26 Apr 11
I think watching anime has inspired me to draw more and more because it helps me express my emotions in a way I am even more connected. All my life, anime has been a huge part of my days so drawing it makes me feel even closer to it. I love anime so much that I want to create it!
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
I know how you feel. It feels great when you finish a drawing. It feels even better when other people appreciate it. I want to create an animated show too. One day....
• United States
26 Apr 11
Yes! I want to created my own animated show too! That's why i am learning how to do animations and in the process of making my own comic!
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
Wow, you're lucky. I'm too scared to tell my mom that's what I want to do with my life. Write, draw and animate. It's partly my fault since I'm almost finished with my first course in college (a science course, too different from this dream). I guess I realized it too late.
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
I loved drawing as a kid even before seeing anime but when I started to watch anime, I began to draw anime from then on. I've been watching Dragonball since I was 7 and ever since, I've been drawing in that style. I'm 23 now and I'm still drawing them, lol 2 years ago, I've started drawing Fushigi Yuugi more than ever and I'm glad I got to draw in a new style. I don't think it's a bad thing at all. It's fun to draw anime and it's not harming anyone.
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
That's awesome to hear. People in real life seem to criticize people who draw anime since they count it off as kiddish or whatnot. I kind of hurts sometimes, but I have a lot of good friends who support me, so it isn't so bad.
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
That's cool, to have really good friends who support you. Do you know the website deviantART? It's like an online gallery for artists, professional, intermediate, and novice alike. There are lots of people there who draw anime from kids to adults. It's also a nice place to share fandom and meet a lot of people. Anyway, people who criticize those who draw anime as childish should stop jabbering and show if they can actually draw. They can call it childish but it's not child's play to draw anime. During the weekend, I drew a Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X picture and it took me lots of hours. I'm so satisfied with the result.
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
27 Apr 11
Yes, I am member of deviantart. I'm pretty new, just around a month. I haven't met many people, but made two pretty contacts. I'm not that good yet, but too bad. I love drawing fanart but I also love to draw stuff from my own stories. Congratulations on your work. I would love to see it. And yes, drawing in anime style is hard. I can never get the eyes right, but I can say I'm improving. ^-^
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
I love to draw when I was a kid, but now I can't barely draw properly. Hahaha I shouldn't abandon that hobby of mine. Well yea, I am inspired of making characters, drawing my own characters or imitating it while or after watching anime. before, half of my notebook is full of drawings of Dragon Ball Z, BT-X, Ghost Fighter, Zenki. Hahahah!! Now I can only watch and appreciate. :)
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
Don't give up on your hobby. It's not a matter of aesthetics (well, not all the time), it's doing what you love to do. That would be a shame if you give up just because you think you're not good enough. Be proud of your own work. The world needs more artists. ^-^
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
:) I stopped when I was like 13-15years old. I can still draw a little though. hahah! I'm more on music now. :)
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
I see. I suppose interest fade, but it never hurts to keep drawing.
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
4 May 11
Hi harck!!!^^ I don't think it's a bad thing! It's just that anime is your primary influence so it shows in your drawing. I've been there. I got so into drawing and sketching and coloring because of anime! I just stopped after I started working. I have tons of drawings, some are still in black and white sketch and many have been colored already. Although I did not develop real talent on it ^^, I managed to sell some coloring books when I was still in college. I also have many friends who have been inspired by anime. A few of them really have the talent and one of them have pursued painting. Although she's not that popular yet, she now holds art exhibits in the US. So who knows, now you're just drawing but in the future, you might develop that into your own style and be successful on it.^^ Or you might be one of those great animators working for One Piece or Dragonball.^^
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
4 May 11
Wow, that sounds awesome, you're college works I mean. Too bad you stopped, but I do hope you haven't completely let go. I also wish to be good enough for myself with respect to drawing. Thank you for sharing all these with me.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
5 May 11
Aw.. Time's changed. My interests changed. Though I'm still a fan of anime and I appreciate seeing nice drawings. I'm not just into drawing anymore. Good luck to you.^^
@o0jopak0o (6406)
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
well it inspired me to learn japanese. I don't really draw but would like to learn how. About the good thing or bad, it depends. I have seen painters, architects and such getting inspiration because of anime.
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
27 Apr 11
I'm learning Japanese too, but my vocabulary is awful. X.x As for learning how to draw, you show start as soon as you can; it's never too late to learn. All you need is a pencil and a clean sheet of paper. Don't be disheartened when your first drawings don't quite match up to your standards. Drawing is one of those skills you can improve only through constant practice and a lot of references.
@o0jopak0o (6406)
• Philippines
28 Apr 11
I am really bad at drawing i have some reference before and it made it a little better but still bad overall.
@Bryanx54 (644)
27 May 11
Most definitely i've been an avid anime drawer for awhile i'm glad i passed Art at High School, sometimes i get bored an do little star wars shorts with anime style darth vader etc. I put two of my interests together and its really fun.
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
Sorry for the extremely late reply, but I wouldn't leave your comment ignored for the world. I love that you're confident in your drawing skills to be able to draw stuff outside of the genre into the style. I wish I would get there someday. So far, I'm still trying to find my own style and when I draw fan art, I try to copy the original art too much.
@xtine22 (200)
• Philippines
25 May 11
I don't think it's bad at all. It's a good thing that anime awakens an artistic side of you. Personally, I improved my drawing from sticks to real human faces due to anime xD Just by watching, I learned most of the patterns used in drawing anime, and how human expressions are animated.
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
My apologies for the extremely late reply. I left mylot for a bit the past few months. To answer your reply, I'm really happy to hear that. I used to not pay attention to small details in when I watched anime, but when I made my mind up about wanting to improve at drawing, I found myself staring at the art more than what's really going on sometimes. XD
• Philippines
6 May 11
i love watching anime, and I've always wanted to draw my favorite character. but i guess, drawing is not for me. :(
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
6 May 11
I used to think it wasn't for me too, but I gave it a shot and practiced as often as I could. Now, seven years later, I'm starting to like how my drawings look. They're still not top notch, but good enough. It takes a long time to be good at anything. All you need to do is keep at it and don't give up. It doesn't only apply in drawing, but everything else. I hope for the best for you. ^-^
@misterMR (797)
• Philippines
29 Apr 11
Before I met Fairy tail, I did not like to draw. Especially human cartoons. It is very hard and I give up easily. However, once I got engrossed to the anime, I started to visualize the characters and I wanted to try and draw them out, but I didn't get the time since I'm still watching the series. It started when I visited Deviantart and I searched for the series and it was really awesome! I'm going to try drawing these days.
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
29 Apr 11
Go for it! It's a very fulfilling experience when you draw fanart for your favorite anime. Even if it doesn't get noticed by others, it's still something special for you since you were the one who created it. Joining online communities dedicated for those kinds of hobbies also helps you improve your skill in the long run.
@NeoCaelum (109)
• South Africa
26 Apr 11
If watching anime thought me one thing it was that I definately can not draw. So I will stay away from drawing and work on my strenghts. For me learning to draw will be defying nature. To answer your question I do not believe it is a bad thing that your drawings are in style. Remember to be unique.
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
27 Apr 11
Thank you for the advice. I suppose we all have our own strengths, and it's good to be in good terms with our weaknesses. But still, I believe that nothing is impossible for anyone if we convince ourselves that we can do it.
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
Yes, i drew the characters that id watch when i was in grade school. I used to buy posters so that i could have a guide to draw them. Ive lost my interest on it when i reached highschool. I enjoyed drawing them. I remembered that i even did a comic book featuring me and my cousins. It resembled the sailormoon story.
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
Awww... I wish I had people to draw with... The only person I ever drew with was my best friend in high school, who, incidentally, also taught me how to draw, so our levels were far too different for a good collaboration. She was transferred to a different section in our next year so we couldn't be together as often.
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
Oh no, I think watching anime is actually one good way by which you can find inspiration to your drawings. When I was younger, I was really inspired by anime and I actually tried drawing one or two as well. However, I wasn't that successful. Haha. With ragnarok drawings however, there were one or two that were almost similar with the pictures. :)
@harck721 (372)
• Philippines
26 Apr 11
Yes, watching anime does wonders for the imagination. My drawings are mostly fanart because of that. Congratulations with your Ragnarok drawings though. That must've felt great being able to imitate an art style you like. I'm still working my way tup there.