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Are there different names for the different ways of drawing anime? Some are more doll-like, some more realistic looking etc. I've had no luck in finding anything worth while on the net.
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Posted 4/10/15
The only term I know of is chibi or super deformed style.

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Sans the SD and chibi stuff, I usually classify character types by animation studios or manga/LN artists.
Posted 4/10/15 , edited 4/10/15

Flat as a board style
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There's also a distinction between shoujo and shounen character art.

In typical Shoujo (and Josei), characters tend to be extremely slender and very long (usually long waisted); men's hair (especially the hero's) tends to be longer and waivy and a little unkept; girls tend to have minimal curves. See: Say "I Love You"; SA; Kimi ni Todoke; Fruits Basket; Kare Kano

Typical Shounen (and Seinen) artwork, characters tend to look rounder and curvier; girl's chests tend to be accentuated (unless they are notable flat-chested); guy's hair tends to either be either mostly straight (with some kind of distinctive cow-lick or bangs for the hero) or spikey (Dragon Ball is an extreme example of the spikey hair thing). See: To Love Ru (or basically any harem manga/anime); Sword Art Online; Eureka Seven; Familiar of Zero; Love, Chuibyo and Other Delusions

Of course, like any generalization, there are plenty of examples of shows that don't fit, or incorporate a bit a both.

There might be more official technical terms for these things... but if so, I don't know them.
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When Helsing and Fortune Arterial both are seinen, how then do you realy define character types? These two are totaly dofferent, in my book at least. I find some ways of drawing so repulsive I don't watch the series no matter how good the script is. I love the Fortune Arterial types of drawing, I dislike Helsing, so, how can I make a search and only get the character types I like?
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Posted 4/14/15 , edited 4/14/15
You should probably just study up on who did the character designs for the shows you like and find a helpful way to sort through them.

You can do it by animation studio. Shows from P.A. Works tend to look stylistically similar to each other (Shirobako, Nagi no Asukara, Hanasaku Iroha, etc.). Same with Xebec (I personally hate their style). Kyoto Animation's style is pretty distinctive and their animation is always good. So if you find you like those styles then you've got a few different recommendations right there for each studio.

The same developer who originally made Fortune Arterial, August Soft, also made A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepard, which has an adaptation that just came out recently.

If you try individual character designs then you can consider:
Akio Watanabe, who did the anime designs for Bakemonogatari and The World God Only Knows, among others.
Hiromu Arakawa, who wrote the manga for Silver Spoon, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Arslan Senki. The anime adaptations stay true to her style.

Basically I don't think there's a particularly easy way like you're looking for. You've just gotta search around until you find one that you like.
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Posted 4/17/15
Thanks, that wasn't the answer I was hoping for, but definately helpful.
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I found some names for different styles "Jidaimono, shonen, seinen, shojo, chibi, kemono", are there more? And what about the eye-styles? It seems to be an overlap. The eyes are the most important part for me, in life or in manga/anime, if the eyes looks to bad I just can't watch it, no matter how good the story.
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Posted 8/3/15 , edited 8/3/15
oh like moe or something? Different demographic have different styles as well as just having a different artist/studio.

the moe style of eyes are really over sized eyes, shounen show usually have sharp angry looking eyes, shoujo most of the time have rounded slightly oversized eyes. They kind of mix and blend alot, like bishies being put into more of a shounen style.

Moe

shounen

shoujo


If you wanna discuss any of these types of art or have any pictures you would like to discuss feel free. I can go into more detail for sure. Also just the age matters too, jojo (2nd pic) is more old style for sure.
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Great! I'm definately a "Moe-man" :)

Couldn't you make a visual with the different art types? There are probably a LOT more people than me wondering about this. Might even get Crunchyroll to place it somewhere where new members can easily find it.
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