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.








Some of you may not have to deal much with this but I know I do and that is the lack of artistic talent.  Animation in general is a visual media.  We may have a great story and have all these ideas in our head but getting them out there for people to see can be a challenge if you do not have the talent to draw.

Some will tell you that you can get there.    Usually these are people with talent themselves.  Point is you probably can with much practice and determination.  But it is in my opinion that natural talent is also required.    I have been drawing everyday since I was 3.  I have gotten better and I do draw better than the average person but I am no where near what I want to be and no where near what I want to show people.

My Work-Bleh

Behold my work above.  That is the extent of my drawing talent.  I think I can do a little better with more practice but honestly that is not what I want to see in MY series.  I’m sure I could make something watchable in my style but I’d rather go a different route.

You see this whole website or book depending on what you are reading is designed to address that TALENT part in full.   In fact it should be titled “How to Make your Own Animation even if you suck at art and nobody will help you because I don’t have the money to hire them but have this great idea for an Anime

That would be the synopsis.   Well despite some of your limitations or perceived limitations I think we can work through this together.


A combination of things will make it possible.

*Save a little money and hire some artists. (I’ll show you where to find them)

*Collaboration (works great in connection with voice actors, musicians but visual artists are going to be a tough sale)

*Using tools to the fullest (don’t be afraid to use things or think you are too good to use certain tools)

*Stylize (make a unique style out of it)

*Rely on the STORY! (Story is king)

*Just do it with what you got

I want to share something with you if you feel that you do not have the talent to draw.   I personally was depressed at my own ability until I saw this.

Best comic ever

Truth be told I draw better than this guy.  It looks like the stuff I draw in my quick storyboards but I will tell you now that this is one of my favorite Mangas EVER!  What it lacked in beauty if made up for in character, charm and story.  I cannot stop reading this story.  Before I knew it I was hooked.  At one point this artist of the series One-Punch Man was getting 20,000 views a day.  It became a viral hit and was very popular.    Soon I didn’t care about the art and that it wasn’t perfect.  I was still looking at a wonderfully entertaining story. Since then the art has been beefed up but quite honestly it lacks the charm of the original.


The point is your art does not need to be Disney, Pixar or Miyazaki level.  Your story however should be.


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.