Sunday, May 17, 2009

Shows With Styles I Like - Part One

My idea for this segment came from a forum flame war where people were discussing whether anime or western animation is 'better' (for the record, this arguement is half the reason nobody takes me seriously. I - GASP - like both equally and see the pros and cons of each). The arguement came that 'all anime looks the same', then the retort of 'well, all western animation looks the same, too' came out.

These, of course, are both blatant lies. While all animation shares some common stylistic ground, everyone tends to have their own style and added flavour, which carries over into the final animated product. Let's take a look at some of these delicious flavours!

I've decided to do one anime and one western animation each time, to prove that both are awesome.

Subject 1:
Lilo and Stitch

Stylistic Inspiration: the artwork of Chris Sanders
Company: Disney
Release Date: June 21, 2002

As you all probably know, I am a huge fan of Lilo and Stitch in all of its forms - but I'm here right now just to talk about the unique art style.
The world of Lilo and Stitch was invented by one Chris Sanders, a Disney concept artist. The character of Stitch had existed as doodle fodder for Sanders since the 80s, so this was very much a personal project for him.

Qualities of Chris Sanders' art style:

1) Roundness
One of the most notable things about this style is how everything is rounded - there are no sharp edges. Even things that are meant to be sharp, like spines, are rounded at the tip, giving everything a very unique, 'huggable' look.

2) Chunkiness
Another interesting aspect of Sanders' art style is how he draws people. Limbs are thick and chunky, fingers are small and stubby, and hot girls are hot despite not being stick-thin. Everything is bottom-heavy, so legs are always drawn quite chunky and thick. It adds to the stylistic appeal.

Chris Sanders is also responsable for the webcomic Kiskaloo, which shares this style. Take a look at the main character, Ogo the cat: can see it, can't you? Everything is round, chunky and curvy. It all makes for a very appealing look.

That's it for part one - next time, we take a look at an anime with a unique style that I like -

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