Why Do The Japanese Draw Their Anime With Big Eyes?
Simple: As humans we depend on facial expression to tell us what (and how) a person is feeling. Upward of 80% of that perception is based on a person’s eyes (after all, the first time you truly look at someone, you generally look straight into their eyes – the whole ‘the eyes are the windows to the soul’ thing). By drawing the characters’ eyes large, Japanese artists can express huge variations in emotion by even subtle changes to how the eyes are shaped, how the brow is formed around them, how light reflects off them, allowing the artist to change the emotions of the characters, or even depict dramatic changes in them simply by changing (in minor or even extreme form) the eyes and how they look. Keep in mind, that not ALL anime is drawn with large eyes. Look at Ergo Proxy, or Blood: The Last Vampire. In these series, while there is some minor exaggeration of the eyes, it’s very slight, and only to ensure that you can understand their emotions from a distance. Some series and movies ar
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