Now, I am in NO way asking this to be culturally insensitive or racially biased, but I am frankly curious and looking to broaden my horizons. A friend put me up to this and it made me think. Please forgive me if any of these terms are un-PC or usually frowned upon.
Obviously, anime is primarily a product of Japan and Japanese artists. Or, to generalize, Asian or “Far Eastern”. So, most of the artists who develop this art, to conclude, are of Asian ethnic heritage.
Now, over here, and in large part thanks to the Internet – there is a lot of fan art made, and original drawings and other works made in America in the traditions of anime and manga. But… I have noticed, upon surfing webring after webring and Googling up a WHOLE lot of stuff, that the vast majority of these artists, if not Asian, are caucasian, female, and quite youthful (teenagers-young adults).
So, where are all the talented caucasian (“white”) anime/manga artists? Are they a really dimunitive minority? And by the way, I was requested by my friend to add the following definition: anime/manga in the TRUE Japanese tradition (whatever that is, I suppose it’s an otaku thing) opposed to a “bastardized” and Americanized style (a name that often comes up is Christopher Hart; must be a technical thing involving line widths and ink strokes). I found a few, very few pictures by certain caucasian male artists who claimed to draw art in this style and my friend was like “meh… too crude… doesn’t live up to the real deal”. On the other hand, there is no shortage of proficiency… I have just seen some AMAZING drawings by 11-year old white girls. Wowza.
So is this just something that white males aren’t interested in? Is it something perhaps tied genetically (I dunno, maybe something to do with the fact it’s okay for girls to draw cute things but guys doing the same will unfairly be stereotyped as “fruits”?) Is it racial, cultural, etc.?
Anyone please clue me in with insight?? I ask because I’m fascinated and curious, and obviously, want to find out :D!