3D Artists And Popular 3D Animation Software

3D Artists have always amazed us with their creativity and here we have a list of 3D animation software that helps them design and develop these animated models or characters. Some of the most remarkable 3D animation software includes – Autodesk Maya – One of the most commonly used 3D software and better known as…

3D Artists have always amazed us with their creativity and here we have a list of 3D animation software that helps them design and develop these animated models or characters.

Some of the most remarkable 3D animation software includes –

Autodesk Maya – One of the most commonly used 3D software and better known as 'Maya'. The name 'Maya' has been taken from Sanskrit, which means 'Illusion'. The software is supported on various operating systems like Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. Maya was primarily released for IRIX, an OS until 2006. The software has been developed and owned by Autodesk Inc. Maya helps in building interactive 3D applications like-animated movies, ad campaigns, games, and various visual effects. The Software also helps in 3D architecture, gaming, and character animation.

Autodesk 3ds Max – Yet another powerful tool which is loved by 3D Artists. The software was previously known as 3D Studio Max. The software creates exceptional 3D animations, character models, architectural models, and images. Autodesk 3ds Max, as the name suggests has been developed by Autodesk Media and Entertainment. The software has specific 3D modeling capabilities as well as various plugin features. It is supported on the Microsoft Windows Operating system. Autodesk 3ds Max is most commonly used by game developers, animation studios, and architectural visualization studios. The software has been proven compatible for various movie effects and movie pre-visualization process. Moreover, the latest version of the software have features like ambient occlusion, subsurface scattering, particle systems, radiosity, dynamic simulation, normal map creation, rendering, global illumination, customizable user interface, and scripting language.

CINEMA 4D – A well-known 3D animation, modeling, and rendering application designed and developed by MAXON Computer GmbH Germany. The software is best known for its 3D animation, procedural and polygonal / SUBD modeling, lighting, texturing, and rendering. Cinema 4D also offers common features from 3D modeling applications. The software has its own unique programming language known as COFFEE The language helps in building platform independent plugins. The tool is also available in the free plug-in mode. One of the important features put up by the company includes the availability of the software in three different versions. The three versions include-the core CINEMA 4D application, the XL-Bundle, and the Studio-Bundle. The CINEMA 4D is compatible with Windows Operating System and Macintosh. The software has been widely used for generating 3D animation movies and games. It features high-end rendering, shading, creating textures, and high-resolution video and images.

The Iyashi Genre – A Genre Unique To Japanese Animation Which Helps You Relax

Iyashi is a special genre found only in anime (Japanese animation). Series of this genre have the ability to calm and relax the viewer. This article details the traits that help Iyashi anime achieve this effect.

Iyashi is a special genre found only in anime (Japanese animation). Series of this genre have the ability to calm and relax the viewer. This article details the traits that help Iyashi anime achieve this effect.

Here Be the Dragons (Anime)

The Year of the Dragon is just around the corner! Many Chinese people believe it to be a good year for tying the knot, starting up businesses, or even having a baby. For others, Chinese New Year is a great time to take a break and catch up with family. And for yet others, it's…

The Year of the Dragon is just around the corner! Many Chinese people believe it to be a good year for tying the knot, starting up businesses, or even having a baby. For others, Chinese New Year is a great time to take a break and catch up with family.

And for yet others, it's a chance to catch up on some great anime! In the spirit of the festivals, we bring you an auspicious total of 8 dragon-themed anime for a flying start to the Dragon Year!

First up is Scrapped Princess , a story about the princess Pacifica Casull who is predicted to destroy the world when she turns sixteen, but survives to fight her destiny and discover the truth of her world. The Dragons that assist and defend her were originally artificial intelligence weapons systems meant for combat against an alien race. In their true forms, they turn into – you guessed it – huge, powerful dragons.

Next, we have a classic of the Super Robot shows: Gaiking . The story revolves around a boy who pilots a huge mecha-dragon, constructed to defend the world against alien horrors. And fans of Transformers rejoice; Gaiking's CG movie remake is slated for release later this year.

And for the child in us, we have Legendz: Tale of the Dragon Kings . It begins with a popular toy craze, where kids train battle monsters are known as Legendz. Soon, they discover special crystals that can revive real creatures from the past, such as werewolves, mermaids, and of course, dragons.

Romance

Who would expect dragons to feature in a romantic comedy series? Well, here are two titles that will show you what dragons have got to do with laughs, love and life!

In Dragon Crisis , high school boy Kisaragi Ryuji's life takes an adventurous turn on the return of his cousin, Eriko. They obtain a relic box from a black broker, and inside it – voila – they find a red dragon girl, Rose. Rose turns out to be absolutely smitten with Ryuji, who nobly takes up the power of a relic handler to protect her from the black organization.

Another romance, another Ryuuji; but this one's a matchmaker? Toradora , also known as Tiger X Dragon , is a story of two students, Takasu Ryuuji and Aisaka Taiga who like each other's best friends. Despite their differences, they agree to help each other in the quest for young love.

Oldies, but goldies

Ready for a wave of nostalgia?

Those of you who still remember when there were 150 pokemon (+1!) Will probably fondly recall the dubbed Saturday morning Pokemon episodes, when “Gotta catch'em all!” was a possible dream and Team Rocket was more than a mild annoyance. The first series also had only three dragon-type pokemon (Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite). So cute, yet so powerful.

Another insanely successful franchise, Dragon Ball started off with an addictive blend of martial arts, humor and fantasy, led by Goku and the wish-granting Dragon Balls. Along with reviving interest in anime dragons, it has left its mark on the new generation of shonen titles, and needless to say on the people who grow up watching it. Rating: Over Nine Thousand.

Since it's the New Year, we end this list with the promise of better things to come. Casting our eyes to the future, we find an upcoming fantasy title, Dragon Age: Blood Mage no Seisen . A religious order takes action on a world corrected by sinister magic, sending out the elite Seekers to return stability to their land. For fans of the game, the trailer boasts similar spectacular graphics, thrilling action and gratuitous violence.

With that, here's wishing everyone a great start to the Dragon Year!

Japanese Anime Voice Actor – Norio Wakamoto

Ever wonder who is the person behind the voice of the anime characters that you have been watching? Most of them does not even sound life like at all. It was as though we were living in a word of fantasy because in real life, none of us talk in this manner. Voice acting is…

Ever wonder who is the person behind the voice of the anime characters that you have been watching? Most of them does not even sound life like at all. It was as though we were living in a word of fantasy because in real life, none of us talk in this manner.

Voice acting is another form of art and not as easy as it appeared and these voice players deserve much more credibility out of Japan.

Have you ever watched anime, and upon hearing a particular character speak, suddenly feel 10,000 times manlier after hearing him say just a few sentences? Chances are likely that you have been graced with the vocal presence of perhaps one of the most 'macho' of seiyuu (voice actor in Japanese) currently in the industry – Norio Wakamoto!

Born in Yamaguchi and raised in Osaka, Wakamoto initially started working as a riot police officer for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department before becoming a seiyuu. Judging from his massive list of voice credits to his name, it's safe to bet that there's no turning back for him for now!

Easily recognized for his voice that is loud, brash and rugged and yet, noble and smooth at the same time, it's no wonder that Wakamoto has been picked for a variety of different roles for both video games and anime. While having voiced quirky characters like Onsokumaru from Ninnin Ga Shinobuden and Chiyo-chichi from Azumanga Daioh, Wakamoto's main appeal is easily his portfolio of big baddies such as Cell from the Dragonball series, Dracula from the Castlevania series, and more recently, Vega / M Bison from Street Fighter 4!

Despite the wide variety of personalities that he's adopted, what's undeniable is the very old-school, noble tone Wakamoto's voice has in every performance. Somehow managing to sound refined and proper, yet insanely enthusiastic and gung-ho at the same time lends each and every character it does a certain 'samurai'-esque flavor to their personality. Extremely appropriate for a man who has actually voiced a samurai, Oda Nobunaga from Sengoku Basara, and has a 3-dan in Kendo!

Able to be comical and quirky, yet dramatic and imposing, all with the same, instantly recognizable voice, it's no wonder that Wakamoto's became very popular with the anime fandom! Where will he show up again? We can only guess, but one thing's for sure – it might be where we least expect it!

Anime Openings and Endings: Our Top Eight

Anime enthusiasts everywhere know that the experience is never complete without music. How many times have you caught yourself not raving over opening and ending songs of your favorite anime? Well, in recognition of those who bring joy to our ears, here are eight of our picks that you would not want to miss! 8)…

Anime enthusiasts everywhere know that the experience is never complete without music. How many times have you caught yourself not raving over opening and ending songs of your favorite anime? Well, in recognition of those who bring joy to our ears, here are eight of our picks that you would not want to miss!

8) Hanasaku Iroha Ending 2 – “Hazy” by Sphere

A beautiful anime should have beautiful music, and Sphere delivers it perfectly with this sweet song of dreams and hope. Accompanied with the orange glow of sunset, this ending captures the very essence of Hanasaku Iroha. Let it take you along for the ride towards a new tomorrow!

7) Natsume Yuujinchou Opening 1 – “Issei no Sei” by Kita Shuuhei

Just one of many great songs in this series' soundtrack, Issei no Sei is easy on the ears, and yet just as meaningful. Singing about weakness and pain, strength and companionship can get a tear in anyone's eye, but the sadness hidden in this song does not make it any less pretty.

6) Hetalia Axis Powers Ending – “Marukaite Chikyuu” by various voice actors

Fans of seiyuus, look no further. In this series, each country is personified, and all these voice actors get to sing their own version of the ending. It starts with Italy, then Germany, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom … To date, there are at least eighteen versions, not counting the fan-made ones in other languages. If you also happen to be a history buff, you'll be singing along in no time.

5) Nodame Cantabile Opening – “Allegro Cantabile Sound” by SUEMITSU & THE SUEMITH

Knowing that this is an anime about music might create higher expectations towards the soundtrack, but that is rather the strength of Nodame Cantabile. This whimsical and possibly opening may be a pleasant surprise for those who imagined something more obscure or classical. And if you listen carefully, there's a piano in the background (of course).

4) Blood + Opening 3 – “Colors of the Heart” by UVERworld

It's not uncommon to hear of successful bands that first made waves in the anime scene, and UVERworld is unmistakably one of them. Colors of the Heart is just one of their many great contributions to anime, making for a gripping but strangely comfortable rock opening to the grim violence of Blood +.

3) Crow – “CROW's SKY” by Kita Shuuhei

Once again, Kita Shuuhei takes the opening for … Wait, what?

Those in the loop will quickly realize that Crow is not a real anime – it's an in-world anime from Bakuman 2, a real series that's all about the cut-throat world of manga … Confusing? Well, this little piece of genius came about in Episode 9 where Niizuma Eiji's manga Crow was adapted into an anime, which just goes to show that fiction in fiction can be awesome.

2) Cowboy Bebop Opening – “Tank!” by The Seatbelts

An opening without words? Yes, it works, and almost too well. This unconventional offering from the Seatbelts showcases their jazz instrumentals in style, which go hand in hand with the dark silhouettes and gritty images of the opening. It's so different that it's almost unrecognizable as anime, but we're sure you'll find this a refreshing change.

1) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Opening 1 – “Again” by Yui

For many, this opening marked the moment when it all came together. With a rousing melody and lyrics that cut to the bone, Yui bought a whole generation of thankful anime fans into the much-anticipated upgrade of Fullmetal Alchemist. Whether it's the delicate emotional scenes or the fast-paced action, “Again” fits the bill for something deeply heartfelt and never far from danger.

The Rise of Nico Nico Douga Singers

Smilin 'for choice Anyone who is a frequent user of the Internet is bound to be aware of the wonderful, time-burning entity known as the video-streaming website. Whether one of the prefers the powerhouse YouTube or the Anime-catered Crunchyroll, the usage of video-streaming sites has essentially become the modern day equivalent of channel surfing on…

Smilin 'for choice

Anyone who is a frequent user of the Internet is bound to be aware of the wonderful, time-burning entity known as the video-streaming website. Whether one of the prefers the powerhouse YouTube or the Anime-catered Crunchyroll, the usage of video-streaming sites has essentially become the modern day equivalent of channel surfing on television.

But like how there are lesser known gems hidden in the field of TV channels, there are also a few sites that most casual people might not be aware of. We're talking about a site that's based in Japan, where viewers are known to upload a bevy of original musical material of impressive quality, as comments from fans go whizzing by as specific instances occasion. The site is Japan's Nico Nico Douga, and it's not only fast becoming a new source of entertainment, but also a platform for rising independent music acts.

A Happy alternative

Launched in December 2006 and starting off as a small site that used YouTube as a video source, Nico Nico Douga (or literally, 'Smile Videos' in Japanese) soon became a service in its own right. Boasting unique features that enable users to upload their video creations in higher quality, creators could also enhance their videos with polls and quizzes. Nico Nico Douga also encouraged greater community involvement with its unique commentary system that allows viewers to have their comments scroll by the video at a specific point in the timeline.

Cheerful tunes

Whether if it's due to the quirky, yet inviting nature of Nico Nico Douga's interface and videos, or the zany spontaneity of its community, the site for many years, has become a new outlet for indie singers to shine!

The primary source of most of Nico Nico Douga's unique musical material comes from fans who make use of 'Vocaloids' – a series of virtual diva computer programs that can be made to sing any words programmed for them. So well received was this very concept, that many popular Nico Nico Douga song creations soon become mega-popular in other non-Japanese platforms, additionally shooting Vocaloids like Hatsune Miku into stardom.

With a whole bevy of Vocaloid-based songs having been made popular on the site, a wave of budding singers soon began trying to cover these popular tunes – with amazing results!

Known as utaite, a variation on the regular Japanese word for a singer, these aspiring artistes soon began carving their own loyal fan bases. Covering various popular Vocaloid tunes, many utaite have progressed on collaborations with other artistes over the Internet, producing original material, releasing commercial albums, and even traveling to other countries for live performances!

Who are these hidden sirens of song? Stay tuned next time as anibee will introduce some of the most popular utaite on Nico Nico Douga, as well as a taste of their hit material!

Watchmen and Postmodern Memory

The comic book, Watchmen, is a very good illustration of the progress of memory. It offers itself openly in its incompleteness. That is, the reader, all unawares, walks off at the end with a fragment he thinks the whole (and to some extent, of course, this is the fate of all books). It is only…

The comic book, Watchmen, is a very good illustration of the progress of memory. It offers itself openly in its incompleteness. That is, the reader, all unawares, walks off at the end with a fragment he thinks the whole (and to some extent, of course, this is the fate of all books). It is only upon rereading it that one realizes the story is other than one had thought, that the arrow of time has been flipped, and that the present must reconfigure the past.

We can think of the process as something like Freudian Nachtraglichkeit. A young girl is sexually abused and as yet she does not have the language, the categories of thought, to fully assimilate the happening. But later in life, she does, and it might well be then that the primal scene of abuse becomes traumatic. In other words, the cause is created by the effect, so as to produce other effects (eg symptoms).

Watchmanists upon a rereading. The elements composing it are so multifalent that this imperative is evident upon a first run through. As one's conception of the overlapping framework changes, the significance of the film in its entity, the informative details (words, images, allusions) morph accordingly.

As the past in the form of a first reading is subverted, one begins to wonder whether that is not the point. The past, human memory, is a constant reading and rereading by which what is recollected is progressively fictionalized. My perception of my father, for instance, was quite different when I was five than when I was thirteen. Memory is the ongoing loss of the text under numberless interpretations.

Nonetheless, we remember and we seem to recall things just as they were. We detect no interpretive breaks. We seem to look back and experience the continuity of the past as the progress of facts, one of the most widespread (and destructive) illusions of personhood. The past shows all of a piece, when it is in fact composite.

Watchment is indeed a postmodern comic book. It presides over the deconstruction of the hero, and this is a very radical move. Nietzsche knew the supreme importance of a hero, and Heidegger once called freedom the ability to choose one's own hero. But, more than that, how does one get by without a conception of the highest good (rather like trying to do with the chaos attendant upon a constantly shifting value system)? How does one do without the hero, the personification of that most worth chasing for?

Dr. Patrick McCarty at http://www.tutorchicagoland.com
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Anime in Japan

While animation has a legacy in the United States, it's also increasingly popular throughout the world, most notably in Japan. In animation school, many students have been greatly influenced by Japanese animation, also known as Anime. Since the early 1900s, Anime has served as an influence on many American animators and filmmakers. There are many…

While animation has a legacy in the United States, it's also increasingly popular throughout the world, most notably in Japan. In animation school, many students have been greatly influenced by Japanese animation, also known as Anime.

Since the early 1900s, Anime has served as an influence on many American animators and filmmakers. There are many different styles of anime in Japan, yet it was relatively unknown in the US until the 1960s when programs such as Speed ​​Racer were broadcast on American TV.

There are many different styles of anime, including Mecha which was more science fiction based and had a tendency to use robots in a futuristic setting, Manga, which is primarily print based and Hentai, which is generally pornographic in nature.

Before the internet and the immediate availability of sites like You Tube, many anime were shown on television. Years before I went to animation school, I remember seeing a children's show called Kimba the White Lion , which deal with a lion cub and his friends in the jungle. I was attracted to the style of animation, which seemed very different than what I was used to seeing on TV. The characters had huge eyes and human features and the characters mouths did not move synchronously with the dialogue. At first I thought that this was due to the program being dubbed in English, but this was very representative of the style.

Japanese anime slowly made its way over to the US in the 1970s. One of the most popular was called Battle of the Planets , which deal with a team of teenage superheroes who defied the world from a species of aliens. However, Battle for the Planets , I realized years later when I was in animation school the show was originally titled Science Ninja Team Gatchaman and that the content was heavily sanitized for American audiences (not the mention that the plot had been drastically altered as well as the characters names. To clearly cash in on the then current Star Wars craze, the American distributors added an R2D2 type robot in an underwater fortress who narrated each episode and to also fill in for the violent scenes that had been cut.

Even in its truncated version, Battle of the Planets exposed a generation of kids to anime and its popularity made it more available in the US. Since then, many animated television series have made it to the US as well as scores of animated films.

In the 1990s anime was incredibly popular, and as a student in animation school, I was intrigued by its popularity. As anime dates back to the early 1900s, it was interesting to learn that there were different types of anime available, yet in Japan the animators at the time were trying to compete with companies such as Disney in terms of style. However, anime would change in the days leading up to World War Two as most films were created to serve as pro-nationalistic propaganda.

In the post war era, anime experienced a resurgence of sorts, especially with the development of television. As very few anime slowly came to the US, it was often compared to the limited animation programs by Filmmation Studios. Yet the anime was often more expressive, with greater use of detail and incorporated more fantasy elements. In animation school, this was very inspiring, especially when the film Akira was released in 1988 as it heralded a greater popularity and allowed for the films of directors Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Oshii to have greater distribution.

As it has become more popular than ever these days, most animation schools have embroidered anime to show how different styles of animation exist throughout the world.

Best 3D Animation Software Used In Rise Of The Guardians!

The best 3d animation software available has no doubt been in use for the upcoming 3D animated action-adventure comedy 'Rise Of The Guardians' which is set for release later this year! Many of us eager movie fans got our first glimpse of the film trailer over these past few weeks and that has no doubt…

The best 3d animation software available has no doubt been in use for the upcoming 3D animated action-adventure comedy 'Rise Of The Guardians' which is set for release later this year! Many of us eager movie fans got our first glimpse of the film trailer over these past few weeks and that has no doubt added to the excitement!

So for those who have yet to see the trailer or have never even heard of this upcoming movie, you're probably asking yourself 'what's it all about'?

Well this movie tells the story of the Easter Bunny, Jack Frost, Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus himself, they're the guardians of all the children in the world that believe in them. When the evil Boogeyman turns up and decides to throw the entire world into total darkness and bringing nothing but total fear to all the children of the world, it's up to the four guardians to join together and stop him!

The movie uses the best 3D animation software and features a star-packed cast with Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, Scooby-Doo) as the Tooth Fairy, Hugh Jackman (X-Men, The Prestige) as Alec Baldwin (The Aviator, The Departed) as Santa Claus, Chris Pine (Star Trek, Unstoppable) as Jack Frost and Jude Law (Alfie, Sherlock Holmes) as the Boogeyman.

Unsurprisingly the movie has been produced by those amazing animators at DreamWorks using the best 3d animation software to date and has been directed by Peter Ramsay (Monsters Vs Aliens).

The film itself is based on William Joyce's 'The Guardians Of Childhood' book series. Joyce, who has previously created characters for Pixar's 'A Bug's Life' and 'Toy Story' co-wrote and co-created 'Rise Of The Guardians'.

2012 looks like it could have a great year for animation with Pixar also releasing an animated movie titled 'Brave' starring Emma Thompson (Love Actually, Harry Potter), Robbie Coltrane (Van Helsing, Harry Potter) and Scottish comedian Billy Connolly. Other animated titles to be released this year include Madagascar 3 and Ice Age: Continental Drift, the fourth movie in Blue Sky Studios' animated franchise.

Finally, the release date for Tim Burton's animated 'Franken weenie' is set for October. The movie starring Winona Ryder, Martin Short and Martin Landau, is Tim Burton's full-length reworking of his 1994 animated short story of the very same name.

The tale is about a boy named Victor who restores his dead dog named Sparky back to life and has been created using stop-motion animation seen in films such as King Kong (1933) and Wallace and Grommet rather than the best 3D animation software. Burton bought this process into an eerie new dimension back in 1993 when he created 'The Nightmare before Christmas' and then went on to explore it further in 'The Corpse Bride'.

You might be thinking 'what is Tim Burton trying to create here?' An animated horror film? A dark comedy? Well it's fair to say it's none of these. It's more a heartfelt love story between a young boy and his dog. Unfortunately events go horribly wrong when Victor's friends try to repeat his experiment using their own pets with what can only be described as hilariously creepy results! Even if Burton has decided against using the best 3d animation software available and instead opted for older techniques, I am sure this will still be a box offish smash!

Flipbook Character Animation Stage 1 – Skeleton Poses

Drawing a flipbook animation that involves human movement requires several steps before producing a quality cartoon animation. Similar to human posture drawing, human animation first starts with drawing the skeleton poses, followed by the volume and soon the flesh. Drawing the volume of a human can be skipped provided the artist is familiar with human…

Drawing a flipbook animation that involves human movement requires several steps before producing a quality cartoon animation. Similar to human posture drawing, human animation first starts with drawing the skeleton poses, followed by the volume and soon the flesh. Drawing the volume of a human can be skipped provided the artist is familiar with human muscle drawing.

The ratione behind drawing the skeleton first in animation is to serve as a preview of the action. Take for example a 5 seconds animation which will be played at 25 frames per second (fps), the artist will need to draw 125 frames of drawing. Without the skeleton animation to act as a preview, any changes half way along the production will require a lot of time to redraw, thus reduces in production efficiency. Once the animation is drawn in skeleton, it should be reviewed by the artist and the director to be sure that this animation and motion looks close to the end results.

In this video, I'm going to animate this bovine casting a fireball, similar to the game called Street Fighter. The bovine will store his energy by his waist and ever releasing the power in front of him, shooting a fireball outward. Begin the animation with a neutral pose, this serves as a proportion guide for the character. When in doubt during the animation process, do refer back to the neutral pose to check if the character's proportion is consistent. Consistency is very important in human animation because you do not wish your character to grow taller or shrink in size unintentionally.

There are two types of animation approach during production, the straight ahead method and the pose to pose method. Straight ahead method, which I've applied in my video, is suitable for animation with no planning, the artist draws one frame after another base on their own imagination. However, this method can be very creative because it allows the artist to draw anything that comes to straight into their mind. The results can be surprising and unexpected.

Pose to pose method is suitable for animation that has actions planned or a storyboard to follow. With pose to pose, animation is firstly drawn at all the critical poses whenever actions changes in directions or when inbetween positions are ambiguous. This method lowers the risk of re-drawing in production because these key posts serve as another confirmation step before continuing the rest of the inbetween frames of the animation.

Animation that involves human should include more details in force and gravity so that the animation looks realistic or semi-realistic. Even if the character or cartoon is not meant to be realistic, adding in elements of realism would make the animation more interesting. The center of gravity (CG) is usually a must have for a human animation. Make sure that when the character is moving, it places and looks balance on the ground. Small details such as pushing and pulling could make use of character's weight to add a force in these action. For this video, the bovine shifts his CG back to look as if storing power and pushes forward his CG forward while punching a fireball out.

Girls In Japanese Animation

From 1990, girls have been featured as both protagonists and antagonists in most Japanese animation shows. Yet they have proven themselves to be smarter with their charm and being perceived as weaker species. Those serve as their weapons which helped to overcome obstacles and get them what they want. That was very different from the…

From 1990, girls have been featured as both protagonists and antagonists in most Japanese animation shows. Yet they have proven themselves to be smarter with their charm and being perceived as weaker species. Those serve as their weapons which helped to overcome obstacles and get them what they want.

That was very different from the mangas in the 1950s to 1980s when they played one-dimensional supporting roles such as damsels in distress and doing everything they are told by men. Now they are more independent and capable than anyone may think. Instead of men saving women, it is now the other way round when they saw their men being abused and beaten up by their own kind.

Examples of such animation shows are Apple Seed Ex Machina by John Woo and Shinji Aramaki as well as Silent Mobius by Kia Asamiya.

Silent Mobius is especially memorable to me when the main character Katsumi Liqeur plays both protagonist and antagonist when she fell to the dark side after her boyfriend Roy's death on the eve of their marriage.

Other than Katsumi, Kia also focuses on developing other supporting characters in an all women police force. Leader Rally Cheyenne, her second-in-command Mana Isozaki, tomboy Kiddy Penne, girl with psychic powers Yuki Saiko, socacess warrior Lum Cheng and IT analyst Lebia Maverick.

In spite of their unique abilities, they are very much human. They made mistakes and have mood swings sometimes. Yet the way they managed their problems is much better than men most of the time.

What amazes me is that Kia has a great understanding of women despite being man himself. This is outstanding in the way his Silent Mobius characters argued, communicate and extremely work together against a common adversary to achieve peace for the society.

Beside Silent Mobius, Dark Angel, Compiler and Accelerator are his other trademarks of having women as main characters.

I also like Apple Seed Machina. In the story, main character Deunan pulls herself together from a trauma of losing her boyfriend Briareos from humanity to accepting him as reborn cyborg. Yet when Briareos is wounded again, she faces the same dilemma when her new partner looks exactly like her boyfriend's earlier human self.

On the whole, the contrasting personalities and practices of different girls are created with the authors' objective to make the story more realistic and engaging to the audience as compared to conventional guy saves girl action shows.

How To Profit From The World Of Japanese Animation

Except for Japanese and Americans, not everyone knows about the world of Japanese animation and how they can possibly profit.   The only ones are those who are passionate about watching and drawing. Other than just comic books, there are graphic books, magazines, VCDs, DVDs, toys, computer and video games as well as T-shirts, mugs,…

Except for Japanese and Americans, not everyone knows about the world of Japanese animation and how they can possibly profit.   The only ones are those who are passionate about watching and drawing. Other than just comic books, there are graphic books, magazines, VCDs, DVDs, toys, computer and video games as well as T-shirts, mugs, mousepads, stationary and other merchanise.

8 Steps To Draw Manga Properly

Let me ask you a question. Are you a big fan of manga or Japanese animation? If so, have you fulfilled what you plan to do or still struggling to come up with your own drawings. If so, you are not alone as that was me as well when I first started out 22 years…

Let me ask you a question. Are you a big fan of manga or Japanese animation? If so, have you fulfilled what you plan to do or still struggling to come up with your own drawings. If so, you are not alone as that was me as well when I first started out 22 years ago. With that said, here are my 8 steps to draw manga properly.

1. A4 Size White Paper

Firstly, get an A4 size white paper. They are easy to get in bookstores and manga bookshops. You can either get a drawing block which if you can remember drawing as a kid during school days or pieces of paper packaged together.

Although Japanese started out drawing on card boards, you do not need to start that way since paper is available in abundance. I suggest having at least 4-5 drawing blocks of A4 size white paper.

2. Markers, Pencils, Poster Colors And Rulers

These are the other set of essential tools you need to have.

For marks, I recommend Pilot Drawing Pens with the tip thickness of about 0.2mm. Though there are other marks, this is what I used frequently as they are always available and because easier to obtain from my local bookstores being it in towns or cities.

But do not draw with marks right away. Instead trace them after you have done pencil sketches.

For pencils, I highly recommend mechanical ones. Although they cost more with separate supplies of pencil leads, they are well worth the price as conventional pencils and sharpeners may not always complement each other in creating quality drawings.

To add color to your drawings, get both colored pencils and poster colors if you have to filler trays, thin and thick brushes.

For rulers, get both short and long ones. The short is for drawing smaller objects like swords, rifles, knives, guitars, guns and boxes while the long is for designing ships, robots, cars and battlecruisers.

3. DVD, Comic And Magazines

Although those costs money, they are still the essential tools you need to create a great story with great drawings.

Without you are a creative storyteller and artiste by nature, you need an abundant collection of manga dvds, comics and magazines for both inspiration and creating a mental mindmap in remembering the manga characters' most common features, expressions and characteristics.

Such as their big eyes, colorful hair, different forms and moods etc.

4. Create Your Story

Begin by writing your story.

I do not know about you but I usually get a collection of ideas after watching numerous manga shows and reading comics. Such as Mobile Suit Gundam, Macross, Robotech. I started off with 1 article but as my ideas expanded, I created more articles which ultimately formed into a booklet and then a book with each article as its chapter.

At this point, do not think of drawing just yet. Just think of how to write your story and make it better from there.

5. Sketch All Characters On Each Page

Once you have your story in place, try sketching all your story characters on each separate page.

At the same time refer back to your comics and graphic magazines for reference and remembering better without copying. The first page should be the character standing and in normal mode while the next should be their variety of different expressions based on their moods.

Begin by drawing basic shapes like circles and oval shapes for their heads and bodies before further adding hair, faces and clothes they wear. This should be for humans and animals.

For weapons and machines, use squares, rectangles and triangles as starting points.

Doing all these will take about 1-2 weeks to fine tune everything based on experience and depending on number of characters you have in your story.

6. Scan And Photocopying All Your Drawings

To avoid your drawings from getting lost or spoiled, make multiple scans and photocopies of all your drawings through your PC and printed paper so that you do not have to draw everything from scratch and save a lot of time as well.

7. Trace And Color Your Drawings

Do both of these will take about 3-4 weeks as you not only have to trace over pencil sketches but color your drawings with different tones of light and shadow.

8. Binding

Once you are done with everything, bind all your works.

Relax for a day. Then go back to your works and see if there are improvements needed to be made.

Wall Graphics And Wallscapes

Today's world of business is highly competitive. It takes a lot of constant work and aggressive marketing strategies to remain complete and successful in business. Without proper advertising, it will be difficult to reach the targeted customers for your business and it will be near to impossible to be able to maintain a healthy business…

Today's world of business is highly competitive. It takes a lot of constant work and aggressive marketing strategies to remain complete and successful in business. Without proper advertising, it will be difficult to reach the targeted customers for your business and it will be near to impossible to be able to maintain a healthy business and become successful. There are so many different ways to market your company, products and services, that it may be difficult to decide which one (s) will work the best for your needs. Wallscapes and Wall Graphics are a great way to increase your visibility as well as provide comfort and assurance to your customers.

Wallscapes

Wallscapes are advertisements that are usually large in size and are placed on the sides of tall buildings. They can be made in most any size and shape to fit your needs and the area where you have decided to place your wallscape. Since a wallscape is usually fairly large in size, it captures the attention of virtually millions of potential customers as they walk or drive by. Depending upon the placement of the wallscape, it is possible to be seen for miles away.

A wallscape can be designed to meet your specific needs and wants for your company. You can choose to have your logo, business image, motto, sales pitch or whatever you'd like on the wallscape. The wallscape can be placed on the sides of buildings, park benches, construction site wings and buses to name a few. Consider your business and what type of customers you are looking for, and then choose the location or locations where you think the wallscapes will do you the most good for your advertising needs.

Wall Graphics

Wall graphics are usually installed inside your office. Obviously they will tend to be much smaller than a wallscape; however, they will provide your office atmosphere with a professional and eye-pleasing atmosphere that will appeal to your customers as well as help to instill confidence in your company and what you have to offer them.

Wall graphics can be made into whatever you wish. Popular choices for wall graphics typically include things such as the business logo, popular products and so on. If you do not have a graphic that you wish to have made into a wall graphics, we can help you design one especially for you and your company.

Having a comfortable and clean office is important in gaining a customer's trust. When they walk into your office, what they see will play a big part of how they will feel about using your company and / or services. If your office is dingy and looks outdated and uncared for, then you are giving the impression that your business is not too concerned about their comfort or how you do business. By sprucing up your office with wall graphics, you will be helping your customers to see your company in a good light as well as giving them a comfortable place to sit down and discuss business with you.

After Animation School: Coming Up With Ideas

Sometimes if I'm animating something, I want it to be the greatest thing in the world. If you happen to be a student in animation school, you never know what you're going to come up with at first, but the efforts at creating something can be quite fun. Even if you get stuck in a…

Sometimes if I'm animating something, I want it to be the greatest thing in the world. If you happen to be a student in animation school, you never know what you're going to come up with at first, but the efforts at creating something can be quite fun. Even if you get stuck in a rut, you can move from that and go on to something else to try to break any lulls that you might come across.

Sometimes you may say to yourself “I can not draw a thing.” But it's not impossible to have the ability to create something with a long lasting effect. Look at many of the long surviving animated characters out there. Look at the California Raisins ; sure they were annoying and they were everywhere, but mention them and the first thing that comes to mind are these unforgetable wrinkled raisins singing and playing the blues. Whether you like them or not, they have a legacy as animated characters, much in the same way that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Bugs Bunny have a legacy.

While these kinds of characters are fun and memorable, other animated characters have been highly criticized for being simple tie-ins to marketing action figures. The He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated series was based on a popular brand of action figure, which in some circles is seen as a controversial move. If you've gone through animation school, this may not be the kind of course that you want your career to take, yet, it's work, even if it's a marketing tie in. Always weigh your options, even if it's something you're not all that crazy about as you may be able to have some impact of how the characters and animation can develop over time.

Many times in animation school, I felt compelled to create a character that would have some sort of impact. I was not entirely successful, but I gave it an earnest try. My characters would have a sense of humor, yet not entirely crude or obnoxious as can be the norm these days. Even though I felt that something was missing, my training in animation school helped me overcome these obstacles. Sometimes it's just a matter of finding your niche and developing something and learning by trial and error if it's going to work. This can be incredibly discouraging especially if you've just finished at an animation school and you feel that you're ready for the big time.

The main thing I discovered is that a character can always be recycled to some degree. You can work on it for a while and go back to it. Yet, if it becomes a tedious process, you may want to put it away and start from scratch. Even starting from scratch is hard sometimes as you may feel that you've exhausted yourself and all your ideas. Animation schools like fresh ideas, so if you have a desire to animate, keep your ideas nearby and do not be afraid to try to create something new.