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Ohayo Minna-san! Watashi wa Shabee-sensei desu and we have decided to start an Art Class. We're going to talk about all sorts of art, from different Anime Arts to Arts from other countries, etc. If you don't know about art, it's okay, you will learn of course ^^. Please join if you are interested. ^^ PM me or just leave a reply below.

Teachers:
-shabeesaysstfu
-fallen0613
-luckystars07

Students:
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aNiMe_HiMe96
joyostwa
_ishee_
starr555
inggy_dude_40
iceehil
Kumo-Chan
shayDarcy
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Teila
meow-chan
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cmts/questions/concerns- PM shabeessaysstfu


Lesson 1:
Different types of Anime:

-Manga [Japanese]

-Manhwa [Korean]

-Manhua [Chinese]


What differences can be seen? What are the similarities? Which is the most realistic and which is the most unrealistic? Why do you think it is this way?

Sub-Lesson 1 MANGA
-Mangas are widely read by people of all ages, so there is a broad range of subjects including action-adventure, romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, horror, sexuality, and business and commerce, among others. Since the 1950s, manga have steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry.
-Manga literally means "whimsical pictures"

How to read a Manga:


please memorize

NEXT LESSON: Anime and Its Characteristics

Lesson 2:
ANIME:
Visual Characteristics--

Anime is an art form. It places a lot of emphasism on visual styles and these styles vary because of artists and studios. There are different stylizations such as the wild, exaggerated styles to the more realistic styles.
Most common style form known today are the exaggerated large eyes, the gigantic multicolored hair, huge bust/chest and lengthy limbs. [usually include the odd shaped speech bubbles, exclamations and onomatopia]

The use of lines is another sylistic element that is influenced from brush work rather than an artists pen. Since Japanese was traditionally written with a brush, it carries a profound influence on Japanese art. Western art tradionally used a pen and their influence on Japanese art today caused the usage of pens to increase.

Anime also tends to use panel layouts to tell a story. These panels allow the story to be understood easily since the reader can take their time to visually take in what is happening in each panel.




Everyone please memorize these vocabs for next lesson:
Chibi:super deformed/exaggerated miniatures
Face Fault:the display of an extremely exaggerated facial expression. [i.e.T_T means crying. O_O; ^_^ >.>; etc etc etc]
Vein/Stressmark Effect:involve the use of lines that represent bulging veins that will appear on foreheads.
Bloody Nose Effect:indicates arousal or female love interests.
Sweatdrop Effect:represent Embarresment

Next Lesson: Anime Character Design

Lesson 3:
Anime Character Designs
The human body is what influenced the body proportions of most anime characters. The head is the base unit of proportion. Most anime characters are 7-8 heads tall and some reach up to 9 heads.
examples of body proportions




Chibi characters are an exception though. Chibi characters body parts are shortened, except for the head that actually gets bigger, for emphasism on the situation that they are drawn in. Chibis are usually 2-4 heads tall. Most of the time, chibi characters are made this way to exaggerate an emotion.
example
hai hai they are cute and adorable -_-;


The large anime eyes are exaggerated forms of cartoon characters such as Betty Boop and Mickey Mouse. Large eyes allow the anime character to show more emotions. [Osamu Tezuka is one of the first mangaka's to use large eyes in his work.] The eyes are given different colors [most of the time, the colors are different from realistic eye colors.] And they are darkened in the cornea to add depth.
example of large eyes



Although large eyes is greatly used in anime, it is not the ONLY form. Some anime characters are known for having small eyes and seeming more realistic. The smaller eyes tend to resemble traditional Japanese art.
example of traditional Japanese art


And both side by side


other examples



Facial expressions are ued to give insight on the characters mood and thoughts. Anime uses different facial expressions than other areas in the world. Face faults, stressmark/bloodynose/sweatdrop effects really put empasism on the emotion that is expressed through them. [check back on previous lesson for definitions]
some normal facial espressons


Next Lesson: Different Forms of Anime Eyes [more in depth this time]

Lesson 4 [06/06/08] [World Art]


Since this is an art class regarding art from around the world, I thought maybe I should put in something about World Art in this lesson. I will get back to anime in the next lesson, but this just caught my interest so I had to talk about it.



Now this is a logo that Google is using at the moment. For those of you who aren't familiar with Diego Velasquez, he was a famous artist who was best known for this painting:


I just found it so interesting to see how even a mass interactive site like Google still presents art to the world.

So what do you guys think of this painting? I know it's different from what we're learning, but there is actually a lot going on in this piece. Just give your opinions and as a mini assignment, research a little on the painter and tell us which of his paintings you find most appealing.

In fact, I want everyone to post their favorite paintings in this thread. Not anime, but an actual painting. We will get back to anime in the next lesson.

Lesson 5 [08/13/08] [Anime Art] ANIME EYES


Anime style eyes are the base of what helps anime art stand out from other art. There are different forms for both men and women, all being unique in their own ways. Each style holds a different characteristic and usually helps figure out the anime characters personality. The eyes are what help the anime character stand out from all the rest and sometimes are the only way to identify the character overall.

FEMALE EYES:
Female eyes have a much larger variety since their eyes are usually larger, thus, giving more room to stylize. Although the shape and size of the eyes differ drastically, the top border of their eyes always stay thick and usually there is more than one layer of shading in the irises. Here are some forms of Female Anime Eyes:


Here are steps on how to ram a basic female anime eye:
[disclaimer:credit goes to Michaelp3000 for the instructions]



NEXT LESSON: Contd Anime Eyes: Male Eyes
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I want to join this class please, sensei ^^ It seems interesting
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-Complic4ted- wrote:

I want to join this class please, sensei ^^ It seems interesting


yay ^^ I'll sign you up

oh but um..do you already have 3 classes?
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Nope, I only signed up for music and Japanese classes. If I include art I'll have 3.
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-Complic4ted- wrote:

Nope, I only signed up for music and Japanese classes. If I include art I'll have 3.


^^ okay than I'll sign you up.
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Thanks sensei
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Just passing by...
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i know a topic... HACHIMITSU TO KUROBA!!! (Honey and Clover)

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LOVE that anime!
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I've heard of the anime before but haven't watched it yet xD
The manga art looked interesting
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I knoww the art is very interesting. It's clear how the artist tried to get out of the trend of putting emphasizm on the eyes.
[most mangas clearly spend too much time on the characters' eyes alone]

In here it seems obvious that the artist seemingly wanted it to be more realistic rather than JUST beautiful.[which in itself, made the art very beautiful.]

It reminds me of the art in SPIRITED AWAY.

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Lesson 1: Different types of Anime:

-Manga [Japanese]

-Manhwa [Korean]

-Manhua [Chinese]


What differences can be seen? What are the similarities? Which is the most realistic and which is the most unrealistic? Why do you think it is this way?
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The differences are in the Korean Manhwa, the person in the picture is drawn in a more detailed way than in the Japanese manga. For example the skin colour of the person in the manwha is lighter than the people in the manga. Also, there's a bit more texture on the letters of the title in the manhwa than in the manga.
The similarities are there's people and a background in the cover and the title is decorated.
I would say the manga is more realistic and the manhwa is more unrealistic because in the manga, the skin colour of the people look more normal than in the manhwa, but in the manhwa, the background looks very old and it seems like you can't see that it's real. In the manga, there are roses in the background and the roses make the art more realistic because there's roses in a lot of places.

That was a very bad explanation >< Sorry, I tried
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-Complic4ted- wrote:

The differences are in the Korean Manhwa, the person in the picture is drawn in a more detailed way than in the Japanese manga. For example the skin colour of the person in the manwha is lighter than the people in the manga. Also, there's a bit more texture on the letters of the title in the manhwa than in the manga.
The similarities are there's people and a background in the cover and the title is decorated.
I would say the manga is more realistic and the manhwa is more unrealistic because in the manga, the skin colour of the people look more normal than in the manhwa, but in the manhwa, the background looks very old and it seems like you can't see that it's real. In the manga, there are roses in the background and the roses make the art more realistic because there's roses in a lot of places.

That was a very bad explanation >< Sorry, I tried


No tht was very good. Very detailed as well. ^^; I hadn't noticed that manhua didn't show up. But if you had seen the manhua picture, you'd probably say that is the most realistic. [because it really does seem more]

Which do you think would have the more realistic plots?
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I would say the manhua would have the more realistic plot according to the titles and the backgrounds. For the manga, the background looks normal and realistic since it has people and roses drawn but if you read the title "Vampire Knight" it doesn't seem realistic because vampires don't exist currently. For the manhwa, the person and the background doesn't look realistic (from my last explanation) and even though I can't read Korean, I don't seem to be able to see that the plot would be realistic. For the manhua, the title is "Not Human" or something close to that, but "not human" sometimes doesn't mean you're a ghost or spirit. You can be described as "not human" because of a specific reason like being psychic maybe? And according to the background, the people look realistic since there's light and dark colours for the skin tones and for the background it has something related to war. Currently, there is still war in the world so the manhua would be more realistic.
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