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The same character drawn in three different "styles". This one may take a bit of explaining.

First, it isn't really three different styles- instead, I picked three somewhat generic popular looks for anime from three rough time periods- late 90s, late 00s, and modern (late 10s)- except the last one isn't really popular but seems to be gaining popularity. I could have gone earlier but this was meant to be a quicker pic as I needed a break from  bigger projects and it's a bit too hot here right now to want to do anything really big.

This idea came about when I was fiddling with makegirls.moe. It has a feature where it will attempt to generate characters from older styles, or modern styles (from 00 onwards or so). The only problem is that it sort of "standardizes" the look, and misses some elements for the various eras. It got me to thinking about the key elements across those eras, and this is what came of it.

So, far left, we have a "late 90s" sort of design. I only used two color shading because I was trying for as ordinary a look as possible, and most of the animated cels would have had just basic shading (fancier shading, more cost, less use). I wanted to make her more comparable with the other two.

Middle is "2008 onwards". It's a look that started to become really popular around that time. I think the biggest two parts are the lack of a bottom line on the eyes, and the nose becoming a dot. This is still pretty common today.

And on the far right we have a look I've been seeing more of lately (so, 2018 onwards". The nose returns! I've noticed that even if the nose is a dot when facing straight ahead, extra lines will appear when a character turns her head. I don't know if this will supplant the 2008 onwards style totally, but it is getting more common and has some nice advantages. A bit more nose helps to place the features and is especially useful in turn-arounds. Same goes for the eyes.  A bit more extra detail may take more time to draw, but it helps with a lot of things in the long run.

Anyways, I can't really say how accurate any of this is, as it's just some quick observations. Maybe it's wishful thinking, as I'd like that extra detail on the right to be more common.

Also, I picked colors and tones from the various years mentioned to help.



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Rallyguy33 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Very cool to see you attempt this various approach to styles. I'm a fan of older anime, so the far left looks most appealing to me. But the dot nose is something I really started to notice a few years back when I started watching anime again after taking a few years away. Surprised me in a way to see how plain the faces really got. I could never put my finger on what was so different, but yeah, that dot nose was probably it. I also like the color shift you used in these as well. 
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wbd Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the reasons I try to draw pics like this is to learn more about the art and how the various styles have shifted (for the "generic" sort of styles that are common). I know that there is some need to simplify art in order to keep costs down, but I also am happy to see noses and other features returning. It really does help a lot when it comes to placing features and making expressions. My hope is that the designs keep going in that direction, because it's a lot more fun for me.
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KiritoSenpai120 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool
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wbd Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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KiritoSenpai120 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem
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WOLWATCHER12 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Nice works on this.
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wbd Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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WOLWATCHER12 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
No problem.
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HachimakiX23 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional Artist
HeartUHeart 
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wbd Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
Cute and sexy girls ^^''

How old are they?
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wbd Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You seem to ask that quite a bit.
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Better safe then sorry.

So do you know their ages? ^^''
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wbd Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, she is an original character, so I figure I have a good idea about her age.
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I thought she was your OC... :\
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wbd Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
She is
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Then how do you not know your own OC's age?! XD
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wbd Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, then she's 21.
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dariusagurkis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
the middle i like the most
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wbd Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Any particular reason why?
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dariusagurkis Featured By Owner 6 days ago
well, because i think it looks the best
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Battosai16 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Student General Artist
Anime evolution!
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wbd Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Of sorts!
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Battosai16 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
Yay!
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Mikey186 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018
The middle is a WIN. It looks so adorable and perfect.
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wbd Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you approve- but I will say that the dot nose makes a lot of things a lot harder to get right in terms of positioning.
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