Dude, I think you're great, and that if you love what you do, keep doing it.
If you really wanna make people go , I'm sure it's possible to find classes on how to draw manga ("anime means animation"). There are even special books with tips, instruction, etc etc. So if you wanna make some bigger improvements your drawings, I would suggest you some of these things. What really matter most though, is that you love what you do.
Actually, the 'practice realism' is a great suggestion. Great anime artists are almost always capable of drawing realistically. And there is a reason for this.
Anime/manga is characterized by the highly stylized portrayal of characteristics. In order to play around with body traits, you need to have a good grounding in what you are deviating from. That way, you can change things and not seem... off.
Basic body proportions are a good place to start. For example, when standing upright, a person's hand will end around mid thigh. If you make the arms too long or short, you can end up creating something that looks like a gorilla or a Trex.
Except for cases like chibi, anime/manga artists usually at least stay close to certain body proportions. --- Also, yes, you have improved.
You're an artist. Which means it takes time to come up with a wonderful masterpiece, that's the art of being an artist, to inspire. You're still experimenting, which is a good thing than rather taking fast decisions. Explore each corner of art, do what you love to do most! I personally know an artist on dA which I strongly can compare to you. Always getting asked why he drew girls or anime and the off proportions of the body anatomy etc and many more negative critique's. Until now he is far from skilled, talented! Letting people know "anime can be art too!". What I can advise you is,
Prove people they're wrong about you.
Be strong in what you believe, then you'll go far. If you show that attitude in your work to people, they'll be blown away. The down thing of being an artist is that we don't get accepted instantly. We're strange and live in a completely different world. But what makes their world better than ours? show it to them.
Ok, I see so many of these questions. For me, i have a mixed answer, mostly from experience. And please, read th whole thing, it may not seem ehat you want to hear at first, but hear me out.
1. I used to draw anime all the time. I wanted to draw anime for my job, and frankly you are way better at anime skills than m
2. When I got into college, I wanted a Two year degree (associates), and in all of my art nd animation classes, i was not allowed to draw anime, except maybe once or twice ( in all of my two years). I found this extremely irritating. Damn it i wanted to draw anime. I also had to take a figure drawing class , drawing realistic people. I was dreadful at first, but i learned a lot about anatomy. Now, i know anime is stylized, but guess what? Every single artist at my school (now my second degree at Ringling College of Art and Design), is required, no matter the major, to take figure drawing. Learning how to draw realistically now can help you by miles later.
3. More than likely, 99% chance you will not be dtawing anime as you first job. I am training to be a general illustratot, drawing in many different styles. I have been forced by schools and classes to draw so many things other than anime, and I am so glad they did. Now i found I love environments and concept arts much more. But i would never have know that if i had never tried what my teachers told me to do.
4. If you plan to draw only anime, you are shooting yourself in the foot period becaise guesss what? A lot of art schools will turn you away if they see too much of it in your portfolio. They WANT variety, not only on style but subject. Figures, animals, fantasy, environments, still life. Also, the more varied you are in your talents, the more sellable your talents are, and the more opportunities you will have.
I am on my 4th year of college (but now a sophomore at my new school since i transferted after getting a new degree). My teachers work in the animation and art industry, and only anime people are a dime a dozen they say. Trust me, learning more things will be so beneficial to you, even if it seems boring to draw other things you do not like. I am proof of that.
I hope you can understand my point. You can continue to draw anime yes, but I encourage you to start trying other styles andsbjects And do not get upset if it does not work out right the first time. Look at it and see what worked and didnt. Take notes, make observation. The more effort you put in, the better you can be.
yea i know that it won't be good for a job ofc i just say that i wan't to be good at it to make people satisfy with it and more importantly me myself but i will just keep my head up and practice thanks for taking the time to help me