You cannot draw but want to make a manga or anime?

Well why not try doing things the old fashioned way?  By tracing.   What tracing?  That is horrible!   Why would I trace someone elses work?

You don’t have to do that silly.  You can trace using references you create.   There are many programs you could use to setup a shot and then trace it.

You can make your own characters in 3d and then use them to trace.

Here is an example of creating your own characters.

Well the best part of your anime next to story is good character design.  Here are some tips for your own personal anime.

Here is the design behind one of the newest and latest greatest character.

 

You guys remember that quote?  If you do you are probably 40.  :)

I’m not here to dig up the past nostalgia, I’m actually here to share more ideas on animation that might help you.

Going back to cut out animation.  I know some folks hate to think of doing a series or movie that way but really it can add style, be fast and be beautiful.

Check out what you can do.

Here is a great little tutorial that shows you what you can do.

The software used is called SPINE.  I think most animation software has some form of this type of animation but I really like how this one looks and moves.  It is made for this very specific task and it does it well.

Check out who uses this method.

They do stuff like this using this cutout method.

Go for it.   Cut out animation is not evil.

I remember as a kid wishing I could do animation.  At the time hardly anyone had a computer.  I first saw a computer when I was 9 years old and thought.  Wow!  This could be used to do animation.  What couldn’t you do with a computer?  That was  1987 or 1988.

I didn’t really have a way to animate even then.  No scanner, no money, I don’t even think they had a mouse.    But the day finally came when we got a computer.  I was 19 years old and I grabbed my first Animation Master Software for $299.  I started reading all the magazines I could as internet was still limited.  Boy did I love those PC magazines about art.

But now there is nowhere near the limits you once had.

In fact if you want to do 2d or 3d there is a ton of free software available.

Moven has been a really cool software for some years.  If you cannot afford Toon Boom or Flash this one will get you where you need to be if you want to do 2d Anime.

Here.  Feel free to download it.

ttps://morevnaproject.org/2017/01/10/synfig-1-2-0-released/

Here are some of the cool new features.

Watch and learn.

Here is another one of those videos combining 2d and 3d animation to get better results, especially if you are not the best artist and want to try 2d.

If you are not the best animator or you are the best at it refrences can be awesome and helpful.  We talked about using 3d as a reference but you can use an actual person as well.

Here are some videos talking about animating using references and still drawing as well.