This is not a confession of course. Someone asked how to cure it and I think that’s pretty simple:
Draw different human races. If you draw anime you are drawing cartoonised Asian people. Don’t go for the cartoonised style just yet. First look at photo’s of people from different races. Practice and…
So some time ago I made this comment on artist-confessions on how to cure same-face syndrome. People who reblogged it wrote angrily about the sentence: “If you draw anime you are drawing cartoonised Asian people.”
When writing this …rather rushed piece I just came from prejudiceismagic after a discussion about anime girls and what race they depict.
I was linked to this article, telling you about how white people see anime characters as white simply because they see themselves as the standard.
I’d like to quote Kayleero’s comment on my above post:
“‘First of all, it’s manga, not anime.
Second, manga isn’t even “cartoonised Asian faces”. The faces don’t look Asian at all, they have really large eyes for example, and manga characters come in all races. Also, it isn’t only manga artists with same face syndrome, people who draw American cartoons can have it too.”
Iactually ment to say “anime styled”. Sorry for that one and the horrible grammar. I should have had more patience.
Now onwards; the faces do not look “white” either. That is just because seeing something without any charateristic features, you probably will see it as your “default human being”, which for Western people is a white person. It’s all in the article and really worth reading. Please do.
Lastly, I said “if”. You don’t have to draw Anime styled. However, I went with that example because every entry on the confession blog that told us “X has/ I have same-face syndrome” was using an anime/manga style. Therefor it seemed more appropriate.
Really, I just want to encourage people to draw things new to them and don’t fear trying it. Ironic how my message about thinking out of the standard didn’t come through to people who think within their standard.