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After researching many, many stories/information about what to add into an art portfolio, I've come across everyone who says "Stay away from anime-manga style."

It's true.

After much contemplating and so much thought, you should not put any anime-manga style art work in your portfolio UNLESS it has something to do with your field of study. BUT, it should not have any fan art. NO FAN ART.

Many wonder why anime-manga style is looked down on so much, and even I wonder that. So what exactly is art? How can it be measured?
Is it how "beautiful" it is? How colorful it is? How the composition fits? How the value brings depth? Or perhaps, maybe even the meaning behind the image? Anime-manga should not be an off limit style, BUT it should not be your only style.

I'm only generalizing now. Most anime-manga style artists draw only anime-manga style. They don't branch out, but that's because we're comfortable here. I know it's not just us, but I have to admit, I'm like this too. Until I was forced to draw still life and observe from life, I really only drew anime-manga style. If you want to improve, drawing from life WILL help you. It will take a long time for you to improve, but you will.

If you're fine the way you are, continue doing what you've always been doing.

Many teachers and professors don't like anime-manga (or cartoon in general) style simply because they think it's "easy" and because you don't have anything to compare it to. It can't be measured since it's your imagination. When it's still life, portrait, or landscape (from life), it can be compared. Did you get the shapes right? How about the values? Oh, you set up the composition perfectly. You see? That's why teachers and professors alike don't like things from your imagination because they cannot grade it (correctly anyway).

Chin up young fellow artists.
What is art to you?
Answer that question and go with it.
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toboewolf1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
art is experimentation :3

i think anime being unaccepted by teachers and portfolio people is because its a style that is all pretty much the same, if youve seen it once, youve seen it all...( not really but i think that might be why). i dunno, i guess its just not professional :shrug:
Sennel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha, yes definitely!

Still life. It's all the same. Really? How can someone say that a certain art style is the same. It's just foolish, especially for art teachers to think that. They should be the ones encouraging others to freely express themselves with art.
Can art really be considered "professional"? I just don't understand.
toboewolf1 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
its b/c they see anime as cartoons and cartoons are funny and have jokes and stuff so maybe thats why they cinsider them "unprofessional" i dont know...the whole thing is just silly! >:T i agree with you! students should express themselves, but at the same time, building fundamentals with still life can be rewarding!
Art-on-a-Stick Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol my portfolio for art school was all anime and manga. i was still accepted. O u O;;

i dont have a serious answer for this since everyone's a critic. what is art is like asking what is beautiful. :c
Sennel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student General Artist
What? Which school? I have never heard of this! LOL.
Art-on-a-Stick Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
college of visual arts? LOLOL
Sennel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
ceribeaus Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
...There are many forms of art.
....too lazy to answer this...
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