One good way to learn how to create your own animation is to study others.    I am still trying to figure out how this director creates his animation but I kind of have a good idea.  It looks like he is using some cell shading and actual animation on the faces.

I think it is something like this

 

And this

Could you use something like POSER by Smith Micro?  Animate the characters and trace over the characters especially if you do not know how to draw as well.  You can trace?  Better yet…Poser 11 has a great new line tool that Brian Haberlin often uses.  You could do this for a manga or an anime as well.

What do you think?

I have bee keeping up with this really awesome Youtube channel called Art Sandwich.  They have been making some really cool spoofs of different movies.  I wanted to share their making of video because it breaks down the process pretty good and possibly could give you an idea on how to make your anime.   You could possibly use your own footage and actors and draw over them like these guys do.

Always think outside the box.

 

 

Here is some of their awesome work.

I know there are a ton of people out there who love anime and have so many stories in their minds ready to be told.     I’m sure the dream is to go to Japan, find a company they can submit to and have their stuff made into anime.

They wish they could make their own but lack the actual talent to do so.  Plus no money.  This concept is also the same if you are trying to make a comic or manga.  It is still a challenge for the person who can’t draw.  So what can you do?

Collab?  Nope folks won’t really collab with you.  I know.  I tried.  So what can you do?

Well you may have to spend some money but maybe not as much as you think.

Brian Haberlin showed a really cool way to make comics.  I posted here earlier about it using Poser.

This is a great way to make a comic/manga without knowing necessarily how to draw.

But what if you don’t want to use the standard Poser characters?  Hire someone to model and rig the characters for you.  Now I know it costs money for this but the cool thing is this.   You can find modelers out there who will work with you.   Start simple and work your way up.

Sketchfab is a great place to find some modelers.

I’m doing a search right now for my newest characters and my current comic.

 

 

I can tell this has 3d but some of the moves are as smooth as 3d.  This guy is a great animator.

Enjoy!

I’m asking him for a making of!

I love 2d work very much.  I love it even more when both 3d is used to bring an extra upgrade in quality.  The other day I was checking out Mike Inel’s work.  I found this little video where Mike uses a type of mocap, rotoscoping and then tracing over the 3d work.  I’ll let you check out the process here below.

 

I noticed Otaking using a similiar process.  I think this helps take his 2d to the next level.

 

This should help you in your endeavors especially if you are not the best artist.    You could easily use Poser characters and trace over them in a 2d package.   Daz is free and you could do the same thing.  Go for it.  Make your own anime today.

 

 

 

I love watching people work and animate.  I found this little gem searching for how to make anime on youtube.  I swear, Smith Micro has some great tools to make anime.  I noticed while I was in Japan that they had software that went under a different name.

 

 

Do you want to make your own anime type movie or series?  Do you want to tell a story visually?

But I cannot draw!  I’m not good at art!  I don’t have money!  Well don’t fret you can still do it.    I was watching Appleseed the other day and I love the animation but then it reminded me of an animation I had watched from a single person.

Here is the other animation.

DAZ can be a very helpful tool to create good graphics.   Check out the movie below made with Daz characters.

You can get a really cool look and create some cool stuff using DAZ and Poser.  Now I know there are many people who hate on Poser and Daz in the professional world but the general populous does not care.  End results are what truly matter.

I have been following Milton for years.  I love his style.  It has a Disney meets Anime look to it.  Milton has recently been featured on various websites with his newest animation She Thor vs Hulk Zombie.   I posted it above.    He posted a nice commentary and breakdown of what he does.

 

I hope this gives you ideas on putting things together.

 

 

I just wanted to share this cool tool that could be used to add some cool FX on your animation.

http://aescripts.com/autosway/

After Effects is a truly powerful tool to start creating your own anime.   You can use various shortcuts and tools to make your story look cool without taking up too much time.

Here is the a video on how to use the tool.