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Make your own anime with this unique introductory guide to Japanese animation. You'll learn every stage of the animation process from scripting and storyboarding to preparing and distributing your film. Everything is clearly explained with step-by-step tutorials and packed with color screengrabs, stills and artwork illustrating every technique and process, including: * Hand-painting characters and backgrounds on to separate cel layers * Working with 3D graphics * Using digital pen-and-tone techniques
Apply the core style elements and visual language of anime to your own work and learn to: * Simplify characters without losing their impact * Create exaggerated facial expressions * Use shadows and shading for dramatic effects * Add lip syncing and speed lines to convey movement
Table of Contents
'ANIME STYLE: Anime essentials; Cel painting and digital cel style; Variations on the anime style; Classic anime vs modern anime; 2D vs 3D; Background art: STYLISTIC TECHNIQUES; Colored speed lines; Image panning; Still image with blowing hair/clothes (and mouth moving); Sparkling light; Moving particles; Glossy eyes on stills; Ultra speed-blur on limbs during action: PLANNING YOUR ANIMATION: Script writing; Storyboarding; Character design/designs suited to animation; ANIMATION BASICS: Animation software; Onion skinning; Keyframes; Basic movement; Making a simple walk cycle; Anime-style lip syncing; File Formats - Flash, GIF, and AVI explained: APPLICATION OF STYLE; Using speed lines to enhance the action; Introduction to Animated Visual Grammar; Sweatdrops and other facial symbols; Exaggerated facial expressions; Use of shadows and shading for dramatic effect; Chibi and super deformed characters; 3D ANIME: Soft shaded 3D; Cel shaded 3D; Mixing 3D into 2D; Moving 2D elements with 3D; PREPARING AND DISTRIBUTING YOUR ANIME: Tips for putting your file online; Viral marketing, distribution through email and word of mouth; Short-film web sites'
"For any budding anime fan wanting to take their first steps into the world of animation, it's pretty much essential reading" - Imagine FX Feb 07
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