I wanted to share this method with you. This is for folks who cannot draw as well. Even if you cannot draw you can possible trace. That is where rotoscoping can be a god send for you.
Rotoscoping is basically tracing video. Who can’t trace?
You can get really natural motions and it is a lot of fun.
You have seen rotoscoping in old school Disney films, Ralph Bakshi films and in many action old school 80s cartoons like He-Man.
Here is an idea of what you can do.
Here is how they did it. This will give you the basic idea. I know it is not anime but again the concept is still the same.
I think Ralph Bashki’s work has to some degree stood the test of time at least in a cult following type of way. It has a look to it that is all his own and yet for many is still watchable. The cool thing about today is that you can do the same thing but have that crisp, digital look as well. It can look pretty slick.
Here are a few examples.
Is it possible to do something like this? Could you rotoscope your animation especially if you may not be as good at drawing as you’d like? It worked for Disney plenty of times.
Disney used a lot of live action reference and almost copied straight from the video.
Oataking777 has made some really cool modern day looking animations using Rotoscoping.
Here is one where he recored himself dancing funky and made a funny quick animation.
In the below video he shows you a method of rotoscoping using 3d reference.
I hope some of you run with this idea. Rotoscoping can be tiring but remember in Anime they animate on 4s, 8s and 12s. In other words you can do some parts with only 4 frames per 2nd, 8 frames per second or 12.
So what are you waiting for? Get your friends dressed up as your characters in cosplay style, go out and film the scenes in live action and then start tracing away.