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Anime Face Subtlety tutorial by mayshing Anime Face Subtlety tutorial by mayshing
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.

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.

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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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
This is very helpful! Thank you so much ^.^
mayshing Jul 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
ur welcome
This is indeed a helpful tutorial.
Wow. Great tutorial and info you gave to us. Thank you so much for making this ^-^ Hope to see more of your Tutorials!
xTotalSonicfan1x 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
Purplefire40 Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General 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!"
Justria Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very useful! Even some anime drawing books I've seen don't cover all this. :)
d3admoon Apr 7, 2013
Tumblr-blogging, AWAY!
Geh, now that you point it out. I seem to notice something wrong when I draw my characters. O_O"
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