How can I learn a character design style? Like say the disney style or an anime style or something. I want to learn to draw faces like that. How do I do that? Just copy them a lot of times? But, when I'm copying, is there a certain way I should be doing it? I feel like when I'm copying, that's all I'm doing. Just looking at a line and imitating it, I'm not understanding it.
I don't get how am I supposed to understand a design choice of character design. It feels different when I'm copying the body because there I at least know I should be trying to understand the 3-dimensional form I'm drawing. How do I understand the form of unrealistic faces and eyes?
I don't really know what I'm asking, just hoping for some magical answer other than lot of time and lot of work. But if that's all it takes then that's fine, just need someone to pat me on the back and say, "yup, that's all it takes, have patience"