Some of you may not have to deal much with this but I know I do and that is the lack of artistic talent.  Animation in general is a visual media.  We may have a great story and have all these ideas in our head but getting them out there for people to see can be a challenge if you do not have the talent to draw.

Some will tell you that you can get there.    Usually these are people with talent themselves.  Point is you probably can with much practice and determination.  But it is in my opinion that natural talent is also required.    I have been drawing everyday since I was 3.  I have gotten better and I do draw better than the average person but I am no where near what I want to be and no where near what I want to show people.

My Work-Bleh

Behold my work above.  That is the extent of my drawing talent.  I think I can do a little better with more practice but honestly that is not what I want to see in MY series.  I’m sure I could make something watchable in my style but I’d rather go a different route.

You see this whole website or book depending on what you are reading is designed to address that TALENT part in full.   In fact it should be titled “How to Make your Own Animation even if you suck at art and nobody will help you because I don’t have the money to hire them but have this great idea for an Anime

That would be the synopsis.   Well despite some of your limitations or perceived limitations I think we can work through this together.

How?

A combination of things will make it possible.

*Save a little money and hire some artists. (I’ll show you where to find them)

*Collaboration (works great in connection with voice actors, musicians but visual artists are going to be a tough sale)

*Using tools to the fullest (don’t be afraid to use things or think you are too good to use certain tools)

*Stylize (make a unique style out of it)

*Rely on the STORY! (Story is king)

*Just do it with what you got

I want to share something with you if you feel that you do not have the talent to draw.   I personally was depressed at my own ability until I saw this.

Best comic ever

Truth be told I draw better than this guy.  It looks like the stuff I draw in my quick storyboards but I will tell you now that this is one of my favorite Mangas EVER!  What it lacked in beauty if made up for in character, charm and story.  I cannot stop reading this story.  Before I knew it I was hooked.  At one point this artist of the series One-Punch Man was getting 20,000 views a day.  It became a viral hit and was very popular.    Soon I didn’t care about the art and that it wasn’t perfect.  I was still looking at a wonderfully entertaining story. Since then the art has been beefed up but quite honestly it lacks the charm of the original.

onepunchman

The point is your art does not need to be Disney, Pixar or Miyazaki level.  Your story however should be.

 

I don’t have time.  Time is a precious commodity that is not always in great supply.   It takes Pixar 4 years from start to finish to make 1 animated feature film.  That is with 100s of people working on the project.   That is a daunting task.

Needless to say that is a great big hurdle.

But one that we can face and leap through with a little time management.

Girl who le pt through time.

 

The trick to overcoming the challenge of time in your animation process is conserving your time and not wasting it.  We all have the same amount of time, rich or poor.  Although money does buy time.  But there are other things that buy your time.

One day a few of my friends and I decided to calculate the amount of time we spent on certain non essential activities, IE watching TV, Video games, sports, browsing, etc.   We calculated 40+ hours almost on a given week doing all these things that quickly added up.

Here is a little research I found online.

In the US

5 hours per day watching TV

3 hours a day online

5-7 on video games

That is 140 hours a month, 1680 a year.   

1680×4 years = 9 full months of your life.  

Creating or consuming?  It is up to you.

Kind of gives you a reality check don’t it?  I find myself in this predicament all the time but if you want to make your anime you will have to spend that time creating.

 

 

 

Blender is a great tool if you are on a budget.    Why?  It is free and does everything that an expensive 3d program can do.  Blender has been used by tons of people to make shorts and movies.  Blender is not my cup of tea but for many artists they can make wonderful things.

Here is a tutorial by artist Brandon White who has created his own Anime style series.

 

Here are some of his episodes

One of the best ways to learn is to check out the behind the scenes to watch over an artist’s shoulder.

Okay remember when I talked about challenges.  Apply this same concept Karen Cheng talks about her to making your anime.

 

And here is how her progress went.

Maybe you can post your progress on making your own anime on her site.

https://giveit100.com/

Here is how she dances now!

Think outside the box.

Making animation is not easy.  It is a labor of love.    It takes time, energy and you have to really stick to it.  I wanted to take this time to talk about the challenges that will get in the way of you making your own anime and how you can overcome them.

The 3 basic challenges are

Money

Time

Talent

I see these as being some of the biggest challenges.  Not in that particular order.  They do go hand in hand.  Each of those 3 elements is required for every animated production.

You need money to buy time and talent.  You need talent and time to make money.    They are all connected.    Lacking any of these will be a problem in your storytelling endeavors.

For example if you are really talented at animating you still need money to live off of but if you to make money you need to take time off your project to work.  Work then wears you down and you don’t have the time to animate like you wanted.    It is a vicious circle but one that can stop.

It really hurts if you have little of all three which is where I find myself.  My drawing style is not where I would like it.  I don’t have time to make animation as I have adult bills and have a full time day job.

Attack

 

There are solutions to these challenges.  Do not let the challenges turn into excuses.  Acknowledge the challenge and attack it.  In the next articles we will attack each of those 3 major problems.

animationstringPlease feel free to sign up for this free E-Book.  It was a great inspiration to me.  It helped me see what is possible.  It was written by a great artist named Terrence Walker who taught us 1 person can make a movie.  It is not as impossible to create your own anime even in long format.  In fact Terrence has proven it can be done.  Please go to his site and check out his free E-Book.  He also has tons of classes available for sale.  I would recommend Anigen secrets revealed.

 

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I loved Gurren Lagann and then when they announced Kill La Kill I was really excited.   I was not disappointed.  I loved this show.

I’m sure we all have our favorite shows and they inspire each of us to create something.  Watching these great shows is not enough.  If you are like me being a spectator is not enough.  You want to CREATE!

Now I know some of you happen to have this idea of moving to Japan and going to work for an anime company.  The chances of that are next to NIL!   Not impossible but very, very improbable.  I think you have a better bet creating something yourself than becoming a big time producer in the Japanese Anime market.

But…I want to MAKE ANIME.  I want to create ANIMATION.  I have stories to tell.

Well you don’t have to move to Japan to tell those stories.  You can start making anime today.

If you are reading this website the chances are you want to make anime.  Well I’m here to tell you that you can.   Here you’ll find tips, case studies, tutorials, words of wisdom and inspiration.  You will be able to watch the process from more established artists and be able to follow along as I create an animated series using many of these methods.

So stay tuned there is a lot coming down the pipe.

Redgold vs Purple

 

 

 

This is just an idea of what you can do with simple tools, a little time and ingenuity.  Kel-Chan will be featured on this site quite often.  Kel-Chan has been on the front page of Newgrounds.com several times with her various anime styled animations.   One thing I love about Kel-Chan is she uses what she can at her disposal, has learned the art of kit bashing and can turn out work very quickly with great quality.  Keep an eye out for Kel-Chan.

 

Characters copyright of Bigfoot vs Nerd

 

Hello everyone!  I wanted to welcome you to my site.  If you have found yourself here chances are you have asked “How can I make my own anime?”  Well this site will show you how to do it.  It is a collection of tutorials, self written articles, case studies, examples and all around inspiration.

Don’t know where to start?   What tools to use?  Or even if you should start at all?  What if you are not the best artist but have so many awesome stories to tell?  Well this is the place to find out.  We will be showing you methods, techniques and telling you a little about the tools that can help even those who are not the greatest artists.

So enjoy our new site and come back as often as you like.  There is tons to see and learn.