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.

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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.

 

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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.