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.








Yes you can make your anime in full 3d animation.  I am here to tell you it is not as hard as you think.  In fact it may be a little easier than 2d style and give you the full on animation. Remember I shared several different methods with you.  Each method can be used to quickly and creatively produce a visual story.

I personally like 3d animation because once the assets are done the creation of animation can move so much more quickly.  I will mention though that a few tricks you would use in 2d would not work as well.  For example a common trick in anime is to pan a 2d picture and hold that one frame.  In 3d you almost constantly have to be moving unless celshaded or if it is more 2d rendered in nature and even still it may look a little weird.     Another drawback is creating all those assets.  It is very difficult and takes a lot of time.


Once you create those assets you can reuse them over and over again and in any angle and even change the entire style.  And that is where you can really take off.   A ton of lone animators work using 3d to speed up the pace but also to raise the quality level a bit that might not be achievable in 2d.   2d does have a certain warmth to it but for the visual storyteller 3d may be your best bet for speed and quality.

But then again I think this 3d rendering of Snoopy in 2d captures it really well and adds a depth I do not think possible in 2d full animation.  It feels so warm and fuzzy.


So imagine the above if you have a 3d model.  You can easily reposition it, move it around, animate and render it in any angle and have them do anything.

3d can give you a real advantage if you do not want to draw frame by frame and do not want limited animation or the 2d tween/puppet style animation.

M Dot strange was able to in the last 10 years create 3 FULL Length animated features using 3d.

Dave was able to make this in about 18 months I believe.

Jeff Lew made this full animated feature in 3 years.

The World Gone Mad was created in 5 months.

The point is that you can make a series or a full fledged movie and it will not takeyou an eternity to do it utilizing 3d.   I would say if you use some shortcuts and tricks you would greatly speed up you work and could possibly get a good average of about 3-6 minutes of animation a month, maybe even more.   All it really takes is the models that are rigged and ready to move.   The quality really depends on you.

I made this in less than 3 hours.

I mean it is not a master piece by any means but it gives you the idea of the speed and quality that can be achieved using some shortcuts.

The question is “What if I don’t know how to 3d model?”

Well the answer is there are tons of resources out there that provide you with 3d models that you can “Kit Bash” or just find the right outfit.

Poser, Daz 3d, IClone, MMD (freeware Anime making software).

All of these can be used to make an animated series, cartoon, anime, etc.

People may laugh, especially in the CG/Special FX and 3d community for using pre-made models and a program that seems like a toy or digital Barbie doll but the tools are what you make of them. (That is another post all together)

Here is an example of Poser being used in Animation

Mac Wave Studios has some great work.

Could your movie look like that?  YES! Using pre-built props and characters.   I don’t want to make it sound so easy but basically the scene above looks like Victoria from Daz 3d, background looks like something StoneMason created which you can purchase at Daz3d.com and some Mocap files with some great rendering and lighting in Cinema 4d.

All those things are now available to you.

What? Even MOCAP.  Yes.  Mocap has gotten cheaper and easier to use.

http://ipisoft.com/ here is a link to cheap Mocap Sofware.

http://brekel.com/ here is a free Mocap Software.

IClone’s pro package has MOCAP built into it.

Both of these 2 software packages use a Kinect Camera connected to a computer. Go to Amazon.com and get one for 45-150 usd.

Or if you do not have Mocap you can do something like this.

Addressing the folks who may laugh at you for using Poser, Daz3d, IClone, or MMD please check out the animations below.

Rosa was made using what looks like Aiko 4 or 5.  Definitely Daz characters.  This animation was made in about 1 year by 1 person.

RWBY is now a very popular US made Anime series created by Monty Oum.  He uses Poser to animate with more custom characters.   He has some great making of videos and tutorials.  You can glean a lot from watching others work.

One of my favorite up and coming artists uses FREEWARE MMD to create animated shows.  Kel-Chan is featured here.  She uses “Kit Bashing” which basically is using bits and pieces from one character to the next to make original characters.



The point is you can do some really cool stuff using 3d and you can get alot done.  Add some imagination and creative thinking and you can create something worth watching.