I want to keep this short but I know it’s going to be long.
When I was younger, I used to draw animals like sonic and stuff like that.
One day, when I was drawing in class, a girl in my year came up to me and said “Is that all you can do?” She huffed and walked off, muttering.
I took this as a challenge and went off to discover about drawing humans. The first way was that I discovered manga and I drew in a “3 line” way. When I look back at this now, it looks very disgusting, I must say. The girl saw me drawing again and she was impressed by this. She gave me a good comment and this motivated me to draw humans.
Past that time, I’ve improved a awful lot. See that picture showing this confession? That’s drawn my me, using a tablet. I’m proud of myself for it but there’s one thing getting in the way.
They made a joke about what I was going to do as a job which was along the lines of being a illustrator and making “normal” characters “anime”. My parents made jokes along the lines of this when I was younger and I found them funny.
I’ve only just realised though that it’s not funny any more.
I’m trying to search into collages like Stratford and QAC and I keep finding that my mom keeps adding “Drawing (manga/anime)” to my collage forms and says to people who are at collage that I draw anime/manga or some other students work looks like my type of drawing. I’m getting quite annoyed and upset since I’m trying to drag my style away from the label “anime/manga” and make it my own style. I seriously am beginning to hate the term. I wish I could tell them that it isn’t but I think it’s too late but I seriously don’t know.
If anyone could help me with this, that would be totally awesome but I feel like on-one is going to…
-submitted by lifeless-birds
admin note: remember to mention whose artwork is used, a “by me” would be enough
Take the bull by the horns and start filling out your own college entrance forms. Talk to your parents, calmly and rationally, about your desire that they stop making a big stink about your art style. If you’re not great at talking to them, write down your concerns first, in bullet points, so you can stay on topic and won’t forget anything.
They sound like they’re just being parents, and think they’re helping you find people with like interests. If they really want to add some sort of artist notation to your college forms, why not persuade them to put “proficiency with Adobe Photoshop” instead? I, personally, use that on resumes and work applications, and it gets a lot more favorable interest because it has a broader application in the real world than “draws anime”. I hope this helps, and please keep up the great work with your art!