Anime Drawing Style - Big Eyes Little Mouth

Anime is often recognized by its trademark drawing style - the luminous, large eyes and the tiny mouth. How did this style of drawing begin?

First, we have to trace the roots of anime. After World War II, Japan was trying to get back on its feet and re-enter the modern world. Osamu Tezuka was a comic creator who wanted to have the fame of Disney and other American cartoon systems. He was trying to find a "look" for his new characters. His favorite cartoon was ... Betty Boop!

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Yup, she's got BIG eyes and a TEENY little mouth. Tezuka loved the look and started drawing his own comics the same way. He made a huge hit with Testuwan Atom - and had the first ever Japanese TV show based on it. Suddenly all other Japanese comic creators wanted the same success, and begin drawing their own comics in Tezuka's style. The next thing you know, just about all Japanese comics involved those large eyes and pouty little mouths.

Now you can find that look on anything from pink Pokemon to teenage girls to hamsters!

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