> Besides, I believe there's a very apt reason for the simple faces
if you look at typical Asian facial expressions (especially prominent in children) and compare them to anime/manga emotional language, you will see literally portrait similarities. those simple faces just work better (and are cheaper to produce too.)
> Are there any GOOD anime-inspired artists (preferably illustrators) you'd like to recommend I use as examples?
and yep, look up Takashi Murakami, he makes most sense as anime/fine art crossover example. those LV ads
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