If you want to see the whole series just follow the video.
Masters of Anime
I eat up everything I can to learn from the masters. Just watching how they work can give you so many clues into how things work and how you can put it into action.
Here is one or a few of my favorite Behind the scenes looks at the making of anime.
I have talked to several people about making their own animated series and telling their own stories.
There are many people with large ideas on what they want to create but sometimes they are limited in what they can do in way of TALENT. Some folks no matter how hard they try will never really ever be able to draw, 3d model, etc. But that doesn’t mean you cannot tell stories.
I remember in 1998 when I first saw Poser. I believe it was Poser 2.0. It had some ugly looking models and such but at that moment I could see the potential. It made my imagination fly. At the time I couldn’t model. It was out of my skill set. Poser at the time was very limited but then came Poser 4.0. From that point on I was totally hooked. I think I’ve bought every Poser version that came out since except 11 at this point. I really want 11.
But starting from 4.0 it allowed me to start making all kinds of animations, very quickly.
I wish I had all my animations but here are some animations I did with Poser 4.
I know not the best but those were my first attempts.
Here is a link to some more work. No just remember there was no streaming back then so I had to build it more on being able to get it small enough to be online.
Now I know those are quite crude but it was years ago.
The reason I write this article is I know there are tons of storytellers out there who want to tell a story. I’m sure you would love to have artists help you create all these cool worlds. But the truth is they won’t. It is a lot of work and you could go on for decades looking to create a team of skilled folks who you will work together with to make a cool project and usually only then it is a short or some fan film.
No you want to tell stories and so do I. The truth is Poser made me understand and see that I could do it on my own if no one else would help me.
Combined with ZBrush and other methods Poser is a very powerful tool that could help you bring your stuff to life especially if you apply a little imagination and ingenuity.
Now there are other folks in on the game as well including MakeHuman, Daz3d and Iclone.
I have been seeing some pretty great real time rendered CG films.
Check these out! And if you have more please share.
This one is cute!
Both are done in realtime engines saving rendertime. If you are doing things yourself as a one man team, speed is important.
If you are going to make your own anime, you have to be able to animate. One of the tools of choice is non-other than Flash, now called Adobe Animate or something of that nature. I wanted to post this step by step guide for some of your newer guys just trying to collect information on how to animate.
Flash is where I started and I still have it on my hard drive today. It is easy to use and was just what I originally started using as well as many Animators out there.
Adobe Animate is now available for around $20 bucks a month. But if you cannot afford it there are tons of cool, free animation tools.
Here is the same creator above using FREE Tools.
The tutorials above are by Jesse Jones. I ran into his work when several artists were animating an entire episode of Dragoball. It was a fun project.
Follow the link below to check it out.
This reminded me of those Japanese, novels/games. Someone let me know the name. I have been enjoying this. I think he also uses a psuedo 3d method to create this animated series.
If you want to tell your story here is another way to do it.
I really like this method used by these comic book creators. Poser may seem like a cheat but I’m really wanting to tell stories. Noticed in this webinar that Brian said he can do about 6 pages per day. This gives you speed and quality that you would not normally be able to get out of hand drawn work.
You can apply the same principals in this video for Anime or Manga. I hope you enjoy this awesome Webinar.
I know it is a little late but RWBY is back.
One reason I really love RWBY is knowing how this show was created. It really helped me realize that this cool stuff can be created by even the smallest of groups using a little imagination and creative thinking.
I wish Monty Oum could have seen this show to fruition. Thanks Rooster Teeth for a promising new season.
Sometimes you may feel all these cool tools are needed to make your own animation and that it costs TONS of money but the truth is there are tools out there which are totally free of charge and are very capable of helping you create and tell your story.
I’ve followed this team around for some time and have enjoyed watching them work on their project. I’m posting this here so you can see what free tools they use and check out the tons of tutorials they have that can help you create something cool today.
Check it out. Your list of excuses as to why you cannot make your own anime is getting smaller and smaller.
If you are creative and think outside the box you can use almost any digital tool to create your own anime. I wanted to share with you some tutorials and workflow used by my friend Kel-Chan. She is a one person anime making machine. She uses MMD and has learned how to kit bash and create all types of original characters. In this set of tutorials you will see just how she does it from animating to using MMD and kitbashing.
Here is some bonus material
If you are unfamiliar with MMD it is a Japanese software used to create all those Miku Dance videos.
You can download the free software here.