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These artists create beautiful anime-style characters from a simple foundation of 10 random lines.

When artists find themselves stuck for inspiration, or if they’re looking to create a unique and original character, there’s a simple tip that can help them on their way. By drawing 10 randomly placed lines on a blank canvas, a number of possibilities immediately become available, creating angles and ideas that promptly open the door to a new creation that might otherwise have never seen the light of day.

Illustrators who’ve tried this approach are tweeting their works of art with the hashtag #10本ゲーム (10-line game), and the images they’re producing are absolutely beautiful.

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Images: Twitter/@feel_soprain (1, 2)

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Images: Twitter/@sioura61716 (1, 2)

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Images: Twitter/@hime_powder (1, 2)

It’s interesting to see how the lines can influence the direction of the character’s movement and even inspire unique costume details.

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Sometimes the lines even give birth to an image containing more than one character.

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Images: Twitter/@sousakuakaneko (1, 2)

While the sketches are gorgeous, some artists choose to go all the way, adding a variety of colours to really bring the illustrations to life.

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Images: Twitter/@dvddcd (1, 2)

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Images: Twitter/@ike_meru (1, 2)

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Images: Twitter/@yurinxghost (1, 2)

▼ The types of characters created can be anything from regular guys and girls…

Images: Twitter/@yasunaaau (1, 2)

▼ …to horny devils…

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Images: Twitter/@mashumaro_00 (1, 2)

▼ …or lolita fashion-loving girls who look like they’re posing for photos on the streets of Harajuku.

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▼ These lines gave birth to an image that looks like Japanese vocaloid Hatsune Miku.

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Image: Twitter/@tenkasu09 (1, 2)

▼ Of course, this wouldn’t be a collection without a girl in school uniform!

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Image: Twitter/@ Ore_qHeen (1, 2)

▼ One of the most beautiful artworks depicts a fox girl in a stylised red-and-white outfit similar to the traditional outfits worn by shrine maidens in Japan.

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Image: Twitter/@kidooosan (1, 2)

With so many beautiful images being created, we’re inspired to try the technique ourselves! If you’d like to join in the fun of the the ten-line game, be sure to add your pictures to the growing collection on Twitter, and include the hashtag #10本ゲーム.

Source: Twitter
Top image: Twitter/@metaldragonfly (1, 2) (edited by RocketNews24)