Animated character images are available in many online image databases, including Photobucket, Anime Characters Database and Zerochan. Personalized and original artwork is also viewable on DeviantArt, a large online art gallery and community.
Many artworks in online databases are original, copyrighted pieces. Therefore, it is important to exercise caution when using the images for any commercial or personal reasons.
Photobucket is an online image-sharing database with millions of pictures, as well as videos and GIFs, that worldwide users contribute. To access subcategories of animated art, simply change the keywords in the search bar. Zerochan also enables searching by keyword. The site categorizes images as "Recent," "Popular" and "Random."
If it is too difficult to find the ideal animated character image through a picture database, try visiting DeviantArt and browsing through popular anime artists and their work. If you find a talented artist there, you can commission the artist to create a unique work of art to your specifications.
It is helpful to be aware of the basic styles of anime and manga art when searching for the type of animated image you need. For instance, some of the most popular styles of anime art include shonen, seinen, shojo, josei and kodomomuke.