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Kawaii Explosion by Annortha Kawaii Explosion by Annortha
I drew this recently, and the purpose was to show my love of Japan in one drawing. In reality, I don't think any picture could fully show how much I love Japan.

I wanted to make it extremely detailed, and look sort of like an explosion of random cute things. I threw in some Kanji, as well as other Japanese themes.

Drawn completely without a reference (I was shocked that I could draw a hand like that!), and everything is original.

I had to heavily modify it in Photoshop CS3 because the scanner made it look crappy. I darkened the lines and had to go over many others. There were so many little tiny mess-ups or mistakes that it took me 2 hours to touch-up.

Overall, I'm completely satisfied with it :) I suck at drawing asain people, so hopefully she looks somewhat asain? ;o;


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Ink Pen
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Photoshop CS3
Wacom Tablet
8+ Hours Total


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:iconisolitude:
ISolitude Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Haha Kawaii explosion indeed! I appreciate your willingness to correct things in photoshop. I hate it when people take a picture of a pencil drawing and then ask for critiques on it.

I think she looks as Asian as she can in this style. I got it right away. I think if you wanted to really hammer it home, skipping the double eyelid and rounding out her jaw would have helped. If you look very closely at an Asian face, they tend to have really subtle brow ridges, too. This might be a bit more advanced than you want to be for this type of picture, but Asian peoples tend to have "flatter" faces, which you achieved really well with the nose, but if you imagined this girl in profile, she'd have "european" eye sockets. If I am not being very clear, compare this [link] to this [link] and hopefully you can see what I mean. The Asian woman's eye is much closer to her eyebrow ridge and her nose bridge than the blonde lady's.

Now, I say that cautiously, because races vary widely, and there are plenty of Japanese people with the eyelid fold and there are Caucasian people with wide, flat noses and people of African descent who have round faces and all races can pretty much vary infinitely with traits that we would otherwise recognize as European or Asian or whatever, and smaller regions within a region have their own variances (Koreans tend to look different than Cambodians, for example) But if you want to draw someone who is instantly and easily recognizable as very Asian, you have a number of traits to pick from that will help you :)

I think that, because this is so surreal, there isn't really anything you could change that would necessarily improve it in my eyes, although I do think that if you planned out with a sketch a little more before you began the final product, you would have had more control over the outcome.

I hope that more people color this :) this was very cute.
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Annortha Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it!

Yeah I drew this a number of years ago. At first I had no intention of making her Asian, I just kind of actually started drawing a random girl and then that led to doodling around her and then full on designs and eventually attempting to make her look somewhat Asian.

I just got done taking a Cultural Anthropology class and we talked a lot about race and how more variation can exist within a race itself in comparison to comparing all races. It's very interesting.

Thanks for you advice though, I'm sure when I actually do attempt to intentionally draw someone of an Asian race I will be sure to use your suggestions.
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ISolitude Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
It is very interesting x)

And I saw that but you still seemed proud of it since it was on your page so I thought it was worth critiquing anyway x)

There are other features you can use for other races, too. Once you start thinking about it, it's easy to notice these things looking at different faces.
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xXxBeautiful-DayxXx Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
:o wow.
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ichiTsukita Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
it's lovely
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Annortha Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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The-Sanrio-fanboy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
you forgot pokemon
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Annortha Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Aww, you're right I did :( I'll include some next time :)
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The-Sanrio-fanboy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
including pikachu
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SubaruMangaka Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loveeee your drawings !!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your DA(LOL)
I'm a new user and I'm don't know how to personalize my Journal and my DA ID
I wanna a DA so beautiful as yours! can you help me?? thanks a lot! ^O^
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Annortha Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Ah, welcome to DA.

In order to have a customized journal you need to have obtained a subscription.

If you've got questions, DA has an FAQ section here: [link]
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CrazayClaire Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This Is Fantastic! I Love Everything You Put Into It, But I Think It Could Use Some Bright Eye-popping Colors! Overall, Good Job! :meow:
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Annortha Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm really glad you like it! :D

Really? Well, you can totally color it if you want ;) I'd love to see how it would turn out.
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Kyiasune Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010   Digital Artist
awesome xD
lovee the details :D
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Annortha Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Guidonr1 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome image there is so much to see!!
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Annortha Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks n__n
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iEat-Crayons Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
My friend colored this OoO
I'll upload it, later lol.
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Annortha Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Sweet! :) I can't wait to see it n_n
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iEat-Crayons Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
It's up now :]
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Annortha Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Cool. :) I like how you colored it.

Would you mind crediting my original piece in your deviation though? Just add something like
"Original Artwork done by Annortha" or something.
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iEat-Crayons Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
oh, yah, sorry, i'll do it now :]
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Annortha Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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iEat-Crayons Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
yupp
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fucknsk8rchick Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
I really love this!!! Every summer, we go to San Francisco for a week of sushi and shopping. There is a wonderful area called Japan Town, complete with an underground mall, tons of teapots, and lotsa great places to eat!!! This drawing reminds me of all the things swirling around that draw us to visit every time we're there....I really wan to color this with pencils for fun!!! lol
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Annortha Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Wow! That sounds like an awesome place to go. I'll be sure to stop there next time I'm in California.
Thanks :D

If you want to color it, go right ahead :) Just make sure to credit me n.n
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fucknsk8rchick Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Yep!! You gotta go there!!! Mucho fun!! Yeah...if I color it...I'm not putting it up anywhere...just that you made so many fun designs that I feel like being small again...and color!! Of course I would so credit you...it's the best!!
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Annortha Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Hehe xD Thanks
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fucknsk8rchick Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
:icontardglompplz:
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Nirelleth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Love all the details here. And that it still doesn't look messy. Well done!
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Annortha Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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agaciuniaaa1 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Beautiful <3 Thank You =**
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Annortha Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thank you x3
You're welcome xD
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agaciuniaaa1 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
You're welcome xD ;))
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KPetrasko Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, I can imagine that this was a total labor of love. So much detail and fun elements, everything becomes like a pattern. Love the cute-graffiti style. :)
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Annortha Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Well, it was certainly a mix of love, loving to draw, loving how it was coming out, and love of trying a new style. I'll probably be making another drawing like this xD

Thanks :D
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Moofen Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yessshhh, I love detailed mixed-up drawings like these.
It's awesome. c: :heart:
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:iconannortha:
Annortha Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D Me too :heart:
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Dee-ph Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
This is so cute!! You did a really awesome job!
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Annortha Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thank you x3 :heart:
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Chariot08 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
I'd really like to feature this in the near future :)
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Annortha Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Really? :O Thanks!! x3 I'll look forward to it then. That's really nice of you.
Thanks for the :+fav: too :D
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Mortress Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
I like the style of the face.
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:iconannortha:
Annortha Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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quirkysaur Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
This is adorable - I love her eyes! :)
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Annortha Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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EmersonStem Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
this is crazy awesome.
:wow: Great job...there is just the right amount of both black and white in this piece.
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Annortha Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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EmersonStem Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
your welcome!
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Chariot08 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009
This is very cool, I feel like it should be in a coloring book :)
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