I wanted to share that Studioartfx.com is back with a new format and it is looking good.   http://www.studioartfx.com/

I have been a fan of Terrence for many years and he is one of my biggest inspirations in making your own anime.  He proved what one man can do and even do quickly.   I hope to see more and more articles from him and glean some new stuff from him in my own endeavors.

If you want to learn how to make your own anime this is the guy to watch.

 

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.