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Anime Emotive Artistry Dog

I am a fan of animation films. Upon researching the meaning and history of anime as an art form I discovered that my impression of anime through animation movies (think Disney) was incorrect. Animation movies stress motion. Anime art stresses emotion.

It was interesting to me to learn that anime is actually a non-animated style of art, in the sense that the focus is less on animated movement and more on animation of setting and character proportions. Large emotive eyes are a distinctive characteristic of the anime art form, as well as the head of the character being larger in proportion to the body.

I am definitely not an anime artist but I thought I would have myself a bit of fun by using my graphics program to distort the facial expression of my hound dog Valentino as my attempt at anime artistry.

In keeping with anime's realistic characterization of emotions, I feel my attempt truly reflects Valentino's emotional response to his new surroundings when my shelter dog first arrived here in his forever home. With each new thing Valentino sniffed, his body seemingly shrunk and his facial expression seemingly howled, "What the heck is that!"


This article by is to satisfy the Persona Paper issued by fellow writer Dawnwriter for the category. It also satisfies my creative resolution for the new year.

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beachchair wrote on January 6, 2015, 1:22 PM

Looks like something you would see in a fun house. I know there are all sorts of apps that can distort the picture. Interesting!

RuthCox wrote on January 6, 2015, 2:30 PM

It really does remind one of the carnival fun house antics!

maramadalina wrote on January 6, 2015, 3:25 PM

I'm not a fan of anime but I noticed too that anime characters have large eyes. Maybe because the eyes are the mirror of the soul and the nature of characters can be illustrated by their eyes.

Dustin4ever wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:31 PM

Too funny. I have tried this edit on some of my photos and got some interesting results.

RuthCox wrote on January 6, 2015, 6:11 PM

Yes, the eyes do tell the truth about a person's spirit and true feelings.

RuthCox wrote on January 6, 2015, 7:19 PM

It is fun, Dustin4ever as well as funny to see some of the results. I spent way too much time playing with my dog's face today, and I doubt itis anything close to Anime, though it helped me to understand what Anime art is, so it was my something new for the day.

Dawnwriter wrote on January 7, 2015, 7:17 AM

Thanks for the mention and good luck with the challenge. You are off to a great start and I hope you can complete it.

LilyDay wrote on January 7, 2015, 1:12 PM

I am a fan of anime. Yes, it is certainly vastly different from what Disney produces.

RuthCox wrote on January 7, 2015, 2:09 PM

Oh, it may take me a while to go through the list but I will complete the challenge eventually.

RuthCox wrote on January 7, 2015, 2:24 PM

I have not really been a fan of anime, though I now have a new found appreciation for the art.

LilyDay wrote on January 8, 2015, 1:27 AM

The art really is beautiful. However, there are some really interesting stories as well.

catsholiday wrote on January 8, 2015, 4:59 AM

These photo changing app are fun to play with aren't they - don't do much for human looks though!!

RuthCox wrote on January 8, 2015, 11:28 AM

I do enjoy spending a lot of time creating visual art (for sale in my Zazzle stores) with my graphics program.

BNelson wrote on January 8, 2015, 4:46 PM

Yes I can see how this relates to anime.

RuthCox wrote on January 8, 2015, 6:29 PM

True, LilyDay and the stories are of more interest to me.

RuthCox wrote on January 8, 2015, 6:37 PM

That's good to hear, BNelson . I did my best with my image to show the characteristics of anime art that I most appreciate.

seren3 wrote on January 12, 2015, 3:34 PM

I am here because of the category challenge. I don't watch much anime - my favorite is "The Ghost In The Machine".

soupdragon wrote on January 13, 2015, 5:03 PM

I think I could have a lot of fun distorting some of my photos, although I think the animals would look better than the humans

peachpurple wrote on January 14, 2015, 6:32 AM

that looks like a changed image of a real dog, right?

allen0187 wrote on February 8, 2015, 5:01 AM

Not really a fan of anime except for a couple that my siblings watch. I do think that anime characters show more emotions that ordinary cartoons and the artists usually have ways to express these emotions like really big bulging eyes and the occasional tear drop.

crowntower wrote on February 14, 2015, 7:09 AM

I guess this is fun but if someone has been bitten by an ant on their face it can also marred a little of their beauty! Lol! because I was just this morning! Arghhh its so itchy and it swollen. I don't know when did I get it.