How to Create Your Own Anime Character Online


You cannot switch on a single animation channel in existence without catching a snippet of at least one anime cartoon series. This style of animation that we are so familiar with today was developed only about forty years ago but the earliest anime clip in existence can in fact be traced back to the year 1917, when a two minute clip was created in Japan, the birthplace of anime. While for the longest span of time the use of anime was limited to animating cartoons, today the use is widespread from video games to movies. No longer is anime considered a simple type of animation. It is now well worthy of being titled an art form with styles varying according to the preference of the animator or the artist. Today it is very easy to learn to draw anime characters, more so because it is simple to create one’s own anime character online with the help of the numerous dedicated websites out there. While there are limitations to these websites because of the fixed number of modifications that you can make to the anime character, the fact remains that these websites can be the perfect start to fuel your new found interest in anime art. 

Creating Your Own Anime Character Online

Before learning how to draw your own anime character, there are some very important things that every aspiring anime artist should keep in mind, especially if you are insistent that you will create your anime character from scratch.

  • Always remember that the proportions of an anime character are generally exaggerated with most of them having a huge head.
  • The head of any anime character is generally the basis of proportion for most anime characters. While the rest of the body of an anime character may seem in proportion, the head will be larger than life.
  • Another differentiating character of anime characters is that they have large eyes. This characteristic feature was inspired by American animation features like Bambi and it enables them to depict emotions more clearly.
  • Before you actually start off on and create your anime character, it is important that you decide on some of the key personality traits of the character you are designing. Most tips for creating anime will emphasize on this as this will help you decide better how the character should look.
  • Details like their hair, the accessories they wear, the character history, all these factors play a defining role in the look of the character.
  • While it is possible to first draw a rough sketch of the anime character you want to create, most tutorials that give you instructions for making anime characters will tell you how it is much easier to do so online. Firstly many websites provide you with templates that can give someone new to anime art an insight into what the look of a character should be. Also it allows you the opportunity to share your creation with many other enthusiasts who can critique your work for you and help you do better.

You would also do well to use these websites as most of them allow you make your own anime character online for free. Create an character for free and once you have perfected your basics of anime art you can move on to creating your characters from scratch with the help of different graphic design software. You could also create your own website to display the different anime characters that you have designed. There are many website hosting services that allow you to create websites that host computer animations. If you get good feedback you could also offer to give out drawing lessons and tips on making anime characters. Other ways to share your creations is to put up your work on websites like Facebook or MySpace. While you can always create anime characters for your own enjoyment, you can get more feedback by joining anime groups, uploading your drawings and sharing them with others.

Now that you know the basics of creating your own anime character online, you can use these tips and tricks to create a whole anime series. You never know when your idea may work and how popular your art may become.

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