I know a lot of you are overwhelmed with the idea of making a whole anime and truth is you’ll probably have to do it all by yourself.  You will not truly find artists to help you in your endeavor for the long haul.

But could you still make something cool to watch in a somewhat animated form?  Why yes!  Yes you can.

I have fun watching this guys videos of popular manga.  You could do something like this and it still be watchable as an anime.

I wanted to share some of my favorite covers to some great anime theme songs.

So why am I sharing this?  Well if you are going to make your own anime you do not want to forget MUSIC!  Music is important to any anime.  It builds the moment and builds the crescendo.    You know the hero is about to win and things are going to get excited when it happens and it connects people to your story in ways you cannot even fathom.  But how excited do you get when you hear this?

Yes music is powerful.  You want people to connect to your music.   One great thing is there are tons of musicians who love anime and would work with you on creating an awesome track!  This can be one of the most important parts of your story.   So think long and hard about creating an awesome theme with an awesome singer/songwriter.    Today it is all but possible!

You cannot really do animation without having a few ground rules and practices.   There are traditionally 12 rules of animation and I will be posting a series here for the next few days starting with

1 and 2.

These tutorials are written by Alan Becker.

1. Squash and Stretch

 

2. Anticipation

 

Here is a method if you are not the best artist.  We can all trace.

Get some friends together, dress them up and do some good old fashioned rotoscoping.

Dress friends up as your characters and use some good old fashioned cinematography and walla you can have a really cool anime.

It worked for Flowers of Evil

Just imagine the stories you could tell including some really cool slice of life anime.

 

I know there are a ton of people out there who love anime and have so many stories in their minds ready to be told.     I’m sure the dream is to go to Japan, find a company they can submit to and have their stuff made into anime.

They wish they could make their own but lack the actual talent to do so.  Plus no money.  This concept is also the same if you are trying to make a comic or manga.  It is still a challenge for the person who can’t draw.  So what can you do?

Collab?  Nope folks won’t really collab with you.  I know.  I tried.  So what can you do?

Well you may have to spend some money but maybe not as much as you think.

Brian Haberlin showed a really cool way to make comics.  I posted here earlier about it using Poser.

This is a great way to make a comic/manga without knowing necessarily how to draw.

But what if you don’t want to use the standard Poser characters?  Hire someone to model and rig the characters for you.  Now I know it costs money for this but the cool thing is this.   You can find modelers out there who will work with you.   Start simple and work your way up.

Sketchfab is a great place to find some modelers.

I’m doing a search right now for my newest characters and my current comic.