Here's the problem. American animation and comic book art ain't what it used to be, dudes. But then again, is it not what it used to be? Or is it just being judged by an impossibly detail oriented standard of stiffer foreign competition? Never in the history of art have so many young, children and teenage artists who aspire to be professionals abandoned their native style and instead became more highly focused on Japanese Idealism. And fail at reaching that Japanese Aesthetic Standard the vast majority of the time, which isn't surprising considering how intense the Japanese Market is. But you're not Japanese. You're a westerner,and you never will draw like the Japanese.
There's nothing wrong with Japanese Idealism in and of itself. But there is when it causes America to DE-VALUE Traditional Western art in Comics and Animation. As an American, you will never be able to compete with the Japanese level of detail. If you want to simplify or stylize your artwork, you deserve to not feel the least bit guilty about that, because the United States ISN'T JAPAN. It's a competitor of theirs, meaning we don't need approval from fans or followers or practitioners of the Japanese Pop standard to do anything. As a matter of fact, we're better off ignoring it,which is how America got to such a high level of Industry in the first place. By focusing on the Here and Now. Not the Then and There. Draw what's in your heart, not what weeaboo otaku tell you you should do to “increase the aesthetic standard”. Yeah right.