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The majority of younger people (<35) and some people under 50 draw in a style that is either reminiscent of newer Disney cartoons (Aladdin, Lilo and Stitch etc), reminiscent of anime, or reminiscent of 90s Nickelodeon shows. A lot of artwork done by younger people since the end of the 90s has been like this, but then if you look at the bulk of what people were drawing before 1997, and almost all of what people were drawing before 1985, most people were either drawing in the style of classic superhero comics, the style of classic newspaper comics, or the style of comics such as The Beano. A large portion of people currently aged over 40 still draw in these styles, but fewer younger people from my experience. The most notable difference seems that cartoons of people have more emphasis on the eyes now than they used to.

My question is on what accounts for the change? Have styles changed very little but the technology has improved (allowing for smoother line art and better colours), or have styles evolved as well?

There is also a trend I've noticed: In the 80s/early 90s, most people were still drawing in a "traditional western" style. Then from about 1997-2010, a lot of the stuff people were doing (look at an archived Deviantart homepage from 10 years ago) was anime, and now we are seeing more diverse styles, often with elements of both Western and Eastern (think of the Disney style).
So I got some advice from another place on how to improve my work earlier this year. I've improved a reasonable amount, but my characters are still very often off-model, I struggle designing new characters, and overall I am still unsatisfied. Does anyone have some advice on how I can improve my stuff? I got a tablet the other week but so far haven't picked up the knack to using it well.

Here's some of my stuff:…
(41 year old)…
(13 year old)…
(fanart of somebody else's webcomic; they're about 6-8 years old)…
(early 20s)…
(late 30s/early 40s)…
(Josh again, he's supposed to be 13)…
(15 year old)

These are among the better things I've done - often my work appears far more off model, even though I've gotten advice before:………

I struggle drawing horizontal lines and if I take my small finger off the paper, it will by-default clench into an awkward position when drawing. Other people never seem to see the problem with my stuff, but I do. So how should I improve? I'm 16 at the moment.

Any detailed responses would be appreciated.
I now have a drawing tablet that I can use for digital art. It really comes in handy for doing line art and colouring in near edges.

That said, the pen's buttons are a tiny bit dodgy. If the problem gets worse quickly, I should be eligible for a replacement under its warranty.


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Robert Gourley
Artist | Student | Varied
United Kingdom
16 year old from the UK. I study art at school (and do awfully), but specialise in cartoons outside.


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Beepups Featured By Owner Edited Apr 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Don't leave stuff in the art board.
Mainly because it makes me want to start sketching on it and you probably know how Mrs Gee is about that.
Gourlish Featured By Owner Edited Apr 21, 2016  Student General Artist
I'm scared... Don't know you, but exactly this scenario happened at school the other day. And the teacher was called that, too. Are you talking about a physical board, or some Deviantart feature? If physical, where from?
Beepups Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Pfffft we literally go to the same school. I'm a 6th Former.
You were in an art room, not a physics one.
Gourlish Featured By Owner Edited Apr 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Ah, thought it was something like that. Bt the way, by physical I meant the white board. How did you find me on here, though? Did my work just appear randomly, or something else?
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