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Anime Face Subtlety tutorial by mayshing Anime Face Subtlety tutorial by mayshing
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Spread it anywhere you like, twitter, facebook, social sites, it's for everyone.
You are allowed to print it for your own use, just don't sell it or take off my credit.


Disclaimer:
There's actually far more subtlety in an anime face, in a very smooth way, that's why when it goes wrong it's hard to correct without explaining a ton.
I am explaining part of it that's critical to 2D drawings, when it comes to sculpture/3D modeling there are even more rules.
For that you'd better pick up a sculpture/figurine maker's book.


Disclaimer 2:
"Why study the anime figurines, not the real anatomy? Everyone needs to study real anatomy."

A: They both need to be studied.
It's a default every anime artist should study real anatomy.
PLUS, You need to study anime anatomy if you want to do anime correctly just like you need to study how Disney does their drawings to do Disney style correctly.
(in fact Disney is one of the toughest client around the industry on their rules on construction and style adaption.)
Disney style has its own unique construction that people who never practiced it need to get. It's the same with anime.
Disney has perfected their teaching to public, anime industry has not.
They are both based on real anatomy, but they are both constructed for their own purposes.
The real anatomy does not equal to stylized anatomy, both need to be studied.



Feedback:
Let me know if you don't get something, I will try to make it clearer and add to the tutorial. I want EVERYONE who does anime to GET IT.






-------- Rambling:

I made this tutorial so that IwontlooseitoverhavingtocorrectpeopleoverandoveragainontheSAMEPROBLEMForYEARS! :faint: I hope no more.
(I often have to do it from ppl asking me for crits, and directing animation.)

OK I lost it. Pardon me.
That's why this tutorial is now here.

Most tutorials out there does not really mention this kind of small details, they just cover the basics, they are not wrong, they just don't always explain everything.
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frwings48 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for mentioning the part about the alignment of the nose and mouth, the tutorials that I found never mentioned something about this, wat ze fook
Also the similarity of the baby skull and anime face is interesting, I'll go study more about anime faces.
I'll take note of this.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Professional Filmographer
np. I noticed most ppl missed this little details so want the community to get it!
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pelcogo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Alice319 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the tips~  On the manga part, does it apply on all manga/anime styles? Like example the manga Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arawaka.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Filmographer
it applies to most anime style that uses face shape like that. 
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NarutoUzuSakuraHru Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
thank you for this ! :D {Icon:Naruto} Sakura Smile 
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JustALittleBitCooler Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesomeee. What lines do you follow when adding anatomy? I saw ear to ear (vertical), and eye to eye (horizontal), but that's about it... Dx
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Mannayel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Oh, this is gonna be so so so useful for me, 'cause I've been having trouble with this anatomy style! Thank you a lot :D
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LinnXv Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
This is very helpful! Thank you so much ^.^
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
ur welcome
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Yue-Nagareboshi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
This is indeed a helpful tutorial.
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KeitoFZ Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Wow. Great tutorial and info you gave to us. Thank you so much for making this ^-^ Hope to see more of your Tutorials!
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xTotalSonicfan1x Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay so anime is based on baby proportions but is just exaggerated. I've been wondering that for a while

So my brain is not coming up with invalid information =D
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Purplefire40 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Pointing out that many artists forget the back of the skull reminds me of what my art professor would tell us in college: "Don't forget to give your person a brain!"
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Justria Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very useful! Even some anime drawing books I've seen don't cover all this. :)
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JustALittleBitCooler Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*cough cough* mastering manga by Mark Crilley *cough cough*

But otherwise, the rest of that book is awesome, and by my favorite manga illustrator. Seriously, you should check it out.
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d3admoon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Tumblr-blogging, AWAY!
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FantasyGirl105 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Geh, now that you point it out. I seem to notice something wrong when I draw my characters. O_O"
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KitKatsCreations998 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Domo arigatou!!! ^_^ I usually miss those! ^_^ Love this!!!
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Critical-Potential Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I fine this awfully funny LOL but still it is interesting
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zabethia Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May I share this on facebook?
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mayshing Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
go ahead.
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Touwaka Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I compliment you on this tutorial. As, yes, I agree..! Not many say anything in the WHY department of the more subtle or easily forgotten parts.

But I am quite annoyed at your "having to correct people" attitude... I do not think that has any place in art, honestly.
Sure, some might be after the realistic look. Others... it might just not be in the style to be anatomically correct (and I am sure you can relate to how tiresome it could be to hear about how incorrect you are, too), so I hope you are not going around correcting people on it at every chance.

Some might just never have thought about how, say, the eyebrows are to be placed - like in your tutorial - and would be happy for the awareness..! So it is a bit two sided... But again, in my opinion art should not be limited by getting rules/demands of correctness thrust upon it unnecessarily.
Anyway... it is just a pet peeve of mine.

Again, good job!
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mayshing Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
unfortunately when you are directing anime or manga you have to correct drawings.

It's a very annoying process that no one enjoys.
I think i will take that commentary off since people will read it the wrong way about me.
Thanks for reading my rambling though. XD
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WhiteLucke Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great although that baby skul gives me the heeby jeebies 0______o
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WhiteLucke Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
skull*
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viathatoneartist Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the tutorial
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Alpar56 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
That feel when I was just hard at work on a drawing and I see this

and everything I've been practicing for the past few months has come into play and I got it all right.
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bellberrystar Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
That's something I need to study. Even as a stylized cartoonist. I've been attempting to add realism to my drawings. Thank you for this, I never really thought about it!
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Sychandelic Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for this! I think i'm guilty of the disconnected spine part..... and probably a ton of other things too haha
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Michiyo--Chan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I used to draw anime without that face depth and I couldn't avoid it... Thank you!
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Otaku-Chan-266 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, yea that totally makes sence!!!
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Tokosha Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A,g! Thank you so much! This saved me, im serious, thwnkyou
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LadySarrow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Anime skulls! Oh my goodness, those look so silly! XD
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VXYXV Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
not a big fan of generic art-styles but this is a really insightful and i can imagine this helping many anime artists immensely

really awesome that an anime artist actually cares about anatomical correctness
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theamazingwrabbit Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh thank god
you have no idea people i've seen who say "oh i dont need anatomy, im an anime artist!"
i lose my shit @_@

anatomy is essential for everyone! thank you for promoting the knowledge!
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KrissyRin Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
As my friend put it, "You have to learn the rules of anatomy before you can learn how to break them."
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H-e-n-r-i Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't draw in the anime styles myself, but I am SO bookmarking this to show artists who need help in this field.

I feel like I am constantly saying that anime proportion, especially when it comes to chibis, is based on the anatomy of babies, but so often do I get people saying, "THAT'S BULLSHIT".
This shows the correlations pretty clearly. Thank God. > __ < ♥

Dolls and figures, too! They help so much for getting to know how things should look in three dimensions... which can be more difficult for very stylized styles. Something I wish I learned to do earlier on in life. u __u;
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mayshing Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I agree with you. I am glad you see my point. ^^
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clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013   General Artist
this is really helpful~! Thank you so much for sharing!
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Magatzu Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial. Then again I still need to get some anime figurines...
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glumpot Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Huh, this is cool. I don't draw in an anime style (I prefer western cartoons), but this is still useful. Also, it's interesting to see the beginners mistakes, since so many people have drawings that seem "off", but it's hard to pinpoint exactly why.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
yeah, pass them this tutorial if you see someone who needs it, it will help us all. :) It is kind of tricky for someone who's new at it to see it since it's so subtle.
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glumpot Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Alright, will do. The small things make all the difference.
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MidNightsCastedAngel Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Very helpful.
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JM-Henry Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Went back and checked about 3 months of work for any of those mistakes. Good to have a tutorial that keeps me on my toes. :)
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Awebster7854 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's almost the same thing I do. It really has to do with dimension and angles and angles. Once you got that down you pretty much got it.
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julitka Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My subtle suggestion: You want to improve your "anime" anatomy? - study REAL anatomy. Suggesting to study anatomy on anime figures is the worst possible thing you could do.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Think this way, Disney style has its own unquie construction that people who never practiced it need to get. It's the same with anime. They are both based on real anatomy, but they are both constructed for their own purposes. The real anatomy does not equal to stylized anatomy, both need to be studied.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
real anatomy needs to be studied, of course. But i have seen artists who have the disconnect between real anatomy and anime anatomy which is an abstract of the real anatomy. That's the gap I am trying to bridge.
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