Drawing Curly Anime Hair is Hard (or “Shoujo gets an Avatar!”)

Warning: I really rambled today.

I am attempting, my dear anime otaku (outakus…?), to draw myself an avatar (or, a self-portrait in anime fashion? In any case…), but I have come to a startling revelation.

Drawing curly hair on an anime figure is HARD.

I sit in front of the computer now, typing this post (obvs) and finishing up the lines on my plaid shirt, and I know that my hair isn’t quite right. It looks more like my hair when it’s wet (and admittedly it was when I started this project, but that doesn’t help me now, does it?). My hair needs to be just a taddddd fluffier…

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Why am  I rambling about this? Honestly, I don’t know. In any case, why am I creating an avatar at all?

You see, I’ve gone on about the anonymity of the internet before and about how I love the freedom it affords me, and yet (DIGRESSION: I literally just rolled my computer chair into the cord and shut down my whole computer, so I’m restarting my typing from approx. this point. *face palm*) I still felt this inexplicable urge to put a face with the words you’re reading here. There’s no real reason, mind you. I am one who has always felt that words should be expressive enough to capture personality far better than a still picture, but…

I’ve seen pictures of Lita from Lita Kino’s Anime Corner, and it’s neat to put a face with her words. And I know that Karandi of 100 Word Anime renown has an avatar. (Is that what you look like, Karandi?) And a lot of aniblogger peeps use images of their favorite anime characters to represent them (something I’ve been doing up until this point), but I wanted to try something different, and so…

Here I am! I’ve drawn myself in anime fashion (though I’m no mangaka*!) and, because of this stylistic choice, I still maintain anonymity. I tried to stay true to my appearance while maintaining the style, but no one is going to look at an anime figure and, upon glancing me in real life immediately realize, “THAT’S HER!”

(The Husband goes, “They’re not going to find you! There are 7 billion people in the world!” I mean, he’s not wrong, and it’s not like anyone is looking for me in the first place, but anyway…)

Moving on, I finished my drawing tonight and ran downstairs that my husband might scan it into the computer for me. Two photographs and a few emails later, here I am.

So, hi, guys. It’s me, Shoujothoughts.


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I don’t expect (DIGRESSION: I just put on my headset again and suddenly “Hakuouki” music. Has that been playing this whole time?) that this sudden update as to my appearance will matter much in the long run, but now I have a face, okay? (*^‿^*)

I have a face!! And lookit! Studio Deen eyes. (´。• ᵕ •。`) ♡

Until next time. ❤




P.S. I’m filing this away under “Just a Shoujo Girl Living in the Real World.” It just seems fitting. Why am I telling you this? I’m such a goob. ( ̄▽ ̄)

P.S.S. You’ll notice that I wrote “Shojothoughts” rather than “Shoujothoughts” on my image. In my blog’s earliest days I went back and forth with my spelling, but for some reason it always comes out this way when I write it by hand. (Unless I’m just writing “Shoujo.”) I dunno! ❤


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