marzipanapple wrote:This. Most definitely true.
Unfortunately, there's a domino effect on places (such as DA) where a particular japanese-inspired style will become popular and others start emulating it in droves. I can pick out at least three people who have had a big influence on the 'kawaii' cartooning crowd at DA. And then hundreds who copy them. But then it's always excellent when you get someone who uses a style very well.
Poor DA, it gets such a heavy rap. Not that it's not entirely undeserved...
I have a lot of books containing art from various Japanese artists. My friends actually went to Komiket a couple of years ago. It is astounding the sheer volume and variety of art there is in Japan, as well as everywhere.
I think what makes the button-eyed style so popular is that it is very vanilla. By vanilla, I mean it's not extreme or harsh in any way. If something is too wonky, or looks too strange to people, they won't go for it. For example, many more people like Disney than, say, Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim). Disney is pleasing and calm and pretty, but Zim is like, "Holy Tacos! Why does that child have an arm on his face?? I'm skeered!". I've also seen this at cons that I've recently attended. If you don't offer people something very "safe", they will go, "Why does that look that way?" That is their way of saying, "Eww, I don't really like this."
Another very recent example is my own entry this week. When I showed my friend, she suggested the faces might be too much. She said I should par them down, they looked a bit "too painful". But, being that I like really funny, cracked art, I wanted to leave them that way ^^. If you read the comments, some people are turned off by the look. Other artists seem to like it, as they see it as a departure from the usual, but the general person is a little 'icked' out by it, haha. This is totally ok with me, but it's a good example of why less extreme can be better.
I've seen this trend towards "safe" for a while in the art circles I frequent, including here at Woot. It's hard to strike a balance between good style and character, and making something people aren't afraid to wear. :\ And, kawaii is almost always safe as far as that goes. ^^;
I am rambling...it's Tired O'Clock...