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 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 always loved this little tutorial.  It is from the creator of GANTZ  GANTZ has been made into a manga, movie and anime.

The author uses 3d models, traces over them and adds detail and walla he has a manga.

Creator Gantz uses Poser

 

Here is some more of his current work.  That might be an idea to make your own manga or anime.

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In the next few posts I will be showing you more of the stuff I will be working on and I will be using this method more readily but using Poser similiar to Brian Haberlin

Here is his method.  I hope you can glean some off this method.

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.

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.

 

http://morevnaproject.org/

 

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Check it out.  Your list of excuses as to why you cannot make your own anime is getting smaller and smaller.

Click Here!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to share this method with you.  This is for folks who cannot draw as well.   Even if you cannot draw you can possible trace.  That is where rotoscoping can be a god send for you.

Rotoscoping is basically tracing video.   Who can’t trace?

You can get really natural motions and it is a lot of fun.

You have seen rotoscoping in old school Disney films, Ralph Bakshi films and in many action old school 80s cartoons like He-Man.

Here is an idea of what you can do.

Here is how they did it.  This will give you the basic idea.  I know it is not anime but again the concept is still the same.

I think Ralph Bashki’s work has to some degree stood the test of time at least in a cult following type of way.  It has a look to it that is all his own and yet for many is still watchable. The cool thing about today is that you can do the same thing but have that crisp, digital look as well.  It can look pretty slick.

Here are a few examples.

Is it possible to do something like this?  Could you rotoscope your animation especially if you may not be as good at drawing as you’d like?  It worked for Disney plenty of times.

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Disney used a lot of live action reference and almost copied straight from the video.

Oataking777 has made some really cool modern day looking animations using Rotoscoping.

Here is one where he recored himself dancing funky and made a funny quick animation.

In the below video he shows you a method of rotoscoping using 3d reference.

I hope some of you run with this idea.  Rotoscoping can be tiring but remember in Anime they animate on 4s, 8s and 12s.  In other words you can do some parts with only 4 frames per 2nd, 8 frames per second or 12.

So what are you waiting for?  Get your friends dressed up as your characters in cosplay style, go out and film the scenes in live action and then start tracing away.

Okay I haven’t yet started to talk about software and actual HOW-To but there is some great software out there that could really help you out.  Right now I’m not talking about that just yet but Crazy Talk Animator gave me an idea of creating animation more quickly and giving you a certain style.

Of course you can also use Smith Micro’s Anime Studio, Adobe Flash, Toon Boom and Synfig (freeware).

Crazy Talk and all the others allow for a 2d puppet like animation.  It is pretty popular on shows created for Adult Swim.  Titmouse uses it alot.  I think they use Flash for their work.

But cutout animation can work for comedy style anime.  There are so many tools including 3d packages that can do the cutout animation style.  With a little creativity you can create some cool work.   You can even include motion capture.

Here are some shows that may give you an idea of what you can do with cutout style animation.

You can use a combination of tweening and puppet style animation to get things done more quickly.

I hope to get my hands on Crazy Talk animator because it has some sweet shortcuts I could really use in combination with After Effects.    You can do a 360 of the character in 2d and apply motion capture.

If you are not a great artist you can send the template to an artist you find on Deviantart.com or Fiverr.com and have them create all the angles for you with the template.  Easy as that.

All you have to do is add a little imagination.

I noticed that cutout, skeletal rig looks be be used on the below animated video game.  It is called Broken Age.  While it is not an anime per se the concept is still the same and can be applied to any style.  Notice earlier I mentioned the cutout and tweening can be used very well on a comedy style anime but with a little imagination and a lot of story it can also tell more serious tales like Broken Age.  I personally think it is a thing of beauty.

Your anime can be funny or even a thing of beauty using this style and animation!

So far I’m trying to give you several ideas on where you can go in making your anime.  All these methods can help with Time, Money and Ability.    I hope this is helping you to think outside the box and not simply try to tackle a frame by frame animation which would be really hard especially if you are not the greatest drawer.

This can give you an option to farm out your work to someone with a better skill set than you.  I guarantee if I looked in my usual places I could find someone who can create all the parts you need for the template used by Crazy Talk.  I’m even thinking within $45 USD per character at a quality rivaling Broken Age.    The cool thing is when you have a rigged asset character you can use it over and over again.

Check out www.Deviantart.com and www.fiverr.com to find artists on a smaller budget.  You could collab but that is a whole other subject which I have a serious negative take on it but I think I may help you find collabers.   Maybe in the next couple of articles.