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Kala by Margaret Keane

Kala by Margaret Keane, via the Keane Eyes Gallery.

Big-eyed art has been around for years. (“Don’t call it a comeback!”) In the 1960s, Margaret Keene began painting her childlike subjects with oversized “doe eyes”, and the style quickly gained popularity.

At the same time, Japanese art and animation (manga and anime) had taken off during the ’50s and ’60s, predominantly in illustrated comic books and animated television shows. A few iconic examples include classics such as Astro Boy and Speed Racer.

Sailor Moon is an iconic big-eyed anime girl.

Sailor Moon is an iconic big-eyed anime girl.

Big-eyed art has become a driving force among today’s lowbrow artists. Many of my favorite artists work in this style, and it inspires my own characters. Here is a speed-sketch of a big-eyed girl in my own style: