Just a thought~
I have had a discussion similar to this topic with some of my peers and although I am no expert, I feel like there are a couple points that can be made for anime and cartoons in general having a place in the realm of fine art.
Anime is becoming an increasing influence to a lot of young people going into fine arts degrees everywhere--and it has been since the 80s--I mean, hell, anime is what got me into drawing too--but, a lot of them have idealized views on what they're going to do with this art form aka going to Japan to be a famous mangaka and eat pocky forever and forever. Everyone knows this is unrealistic--but, a lot of kids/young adults think this way and it is a huge hindrance to furthering their education in the arts.
I come from this background and a lot of my personal work is heavily influenced by cartoons and manga--but, I also kept my eyes and ears open to fine arts--drawing from life, design, color and composition. It has helped me and several of my peers immensely.
I equate the situation to the old masters we learn about in art history--Da Vinci in particular. He drew from life/nature--anything that caught his interest he invested time to investigate it. The same goes for many young artists today--we don't just have nature to draw from anymore--we have the internet, television, smart phones/tablets, you name it--we have access to all sorts of inspirations from around the world. We are no longer limited to just our surroundings--so, a lot of the time I disagree with people who say fine art comes from nature/feelings/natural things--in today's world it just doesn't work that way. Inspiration and observation can come from anything, anyone, at any time. Our options as artists are vast and I think that is truly a remarkable thing.
All this rambling set aside--I believe that anime/manga/cartoons do have a place in the fine art world--but, it really depends on what the message is be it political, metaphorical, or just the physical beauty of a piece. The artist has to back it up.
Murakami is a really hot topic for this since he is kind of the main guy that everyone thinks of when it comes to an anime style making a cross over to fine art. The message he puts out with his work concerning escapism is pretty interesting and it is a topic that you'll rarely hear being talked about over here anyway so it only makes since that his work has captured a lot of attention.
1.) What do you DISLIKE about anime art?
The term I like best for anime is that it is very "manufactured." A lot of the popular stuff is meant to be popular and appeal to a certain audience. I have seen a lot of really good anime, but its the crap stuff that is getting young people hooked on ideas that are horribly disproportionate to what can actually be done (Being an actual mangaka in Japan >.>). I have met several people in college that believe their horribly scribbled manga is going to be the next big hit and it is really difficult to understand why I am so different from someone that comes from similar influences as I have.
2.) Are there any GOOD anime-inspired artists (preferably illustrators) you'd like to recommend I use as examples?
Tsutomu Nihei, the artist for BLAME! I believe he was an architect before he decided to do manga. Example of his work: http://8th-circuit.com/sites/default/files/blame_5.jpg
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