I love 2d animation but for a one man show I think 3d is the way to go because once assets are built animation goes quite quickly.    Here are some great 3d animes that show you what can be done.

I’m okay using 3d to tell my story.

I cannot express enough how creative I think the folks over at Cartoon Network can be.  There is this whole generation of awesome cartoons that are whimsical, silly, fun and strange.

In the past few years we have had Adventure Time, Steven Universe, The Regular Show, World of Gumball, etc.    At first many of these shows I looked at and thought they were stupid but then just like an onion they go deeper and deeper.  The world building is insanely good and it just keeps getting better.

Recently I ran across this beauty that was just released and yes it is beautiful.

The point of all this is when making your own anime.  Please be creative, think outside the box and make something fresh, fun and crazy.  Don’t be afraid to take it there.

 

 

I saw this on CGBros Youtube page.  I always love to watch breakdowns of the anime process.    This one is a little violent for my taste but has a lot of good technical information.

I’ll just add another one.

I thought I’d share this with you all.

He talks alot about talking Japanese.   Meh….

He does have some good advice though.   He says start a Manga first.  Well that is the game plan for myself.

I’m actually working on several Manga’s and/or Webtoons.   I will be posting some work here including videos.  And since it is about how to make anime even if you are not the greatest artist this should help all of you out.   Recently I just got a great pipeline going for manga and anime.    If you want tutorials it will be under my category called “Anime Class!”

Now take some of this video as advice but some of it falls under goofy parody like advice and not really being 100% serious.

I hate the last part of the video but there are again some gems, especially the part about making a manga.

Making a Manga is easier than a full anime but as you create your manga you can start gaining fans and then Kickstart a full animation.    That is just one route.

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite aspects of the creation process is to create characters.   For me I use them to drive my story.    For me characters come first.  Usually  I’ll scribble up some character and then it inspires me to think about that characters life.

Below are some of the characters I have created over the years.

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One key for me when creating a character is to keep them simple.  For example the guy below.  Not much to him but a humanoid snail.   But for me I think he is awesome.  When I see him I start thinking about what he is like, where is he from, what kind of life he would lead, etc.

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Personally I like characters out of the norm.  I get tired of the good looking guy or girl being the main hero ALL the time.  I always wanted the monsters to be the good guys.  I wanted the little side kick like character to be the main hero and so for me I’ve always designed characters that were a little off and I would give them a weakness of sorts.    That weakness would be part of their character.

Another thing I think about when I’m creating a character is to give him a goofy name that just fits. Here are a list of some of my characters names.

Kalimar, Sasquatch named Joe, Snailo (pictured above), Flog, Alienboy (Raimi is his real name) Low-Key, Spoon, Taco, Soft, Poke, etc.

While some are stupid they are recognizable and say something about the character.

For example SOFT.  Pictured below.   Soft’s father gave her up when she was only around 2 years old.  She was bought by a robot from a planet similar to Cybertron.  Basically it is a planet that was taken over by robots.  Being advance technologically they joined the Galactic Federation as any other alien race would.   This robot is a criminal and has brought Soft to his home planet as a show piece and to have fun torturing her.  She endures being frozen and released for over 100 years.    However being the daughter of her powerful father she escapes the clutches of her robotic owner, she wreaks havoc on the planet and ends up taking over the robot planet all on her own.  Her name is Soft because she is a soft thing in a hard world.   This is really where her story begins.  She learns her father has taken over several planets over the years and has put her younger siblings in charge of these planets.  Her goal is to undermine her siblings to make her way to her father and prove she was the daughter that should never have been thrown away.

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All that just to tell you why her name is SOFT.

SOFT is actually a part of my Bigfoot Vs Nerd Universe.   I’m thinking big.  LOL.  Make sure when creating characters that you also copywrite them.

That is just a side note.

Now if you can tell I’m about to start creating my own anime and show you step by step how to do it.  Step 1 is creating great characters.   Some folks go story first but I go character and let it organically go from there.

 

Okay so my favorite type of story is good old fashioned “heroe’s Journey.”  Most if not all Shonen fall under this story type and I love it.

Here is a breakdown of the heroes journey.  When making your anime you have to think about what you want to do.  Remember story is key.  You could have horrible graphics but if you have a great story it will capture an audience.  Story is the most important part.

 

Wouldn’t it be cool one day to create your own anime and folks dress up like your characters?

Truth is…it is possible.

Monty Oum made his own anime and built his brand and well….

Boom!  Yup it is possible.  What are you waiting for?

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