Create Your Own Anime Character

Knowing how to create your own anime character can be fun if you're a fan of the Japanese animation form that has exploded in popularity during recent years. The process of creating an anime character is not so different from creating any other work of art. The only limit is your imagination, but these tips can help make the process easier and more enjoyable.

Drawing An Anime Character By Hand
One of the simplest ways to create your own anime character is to draw it freehand. Don't worry if you feel you lack artistic skills, as a basic sketch will help you actualize the character in your mind. Before committing pen to paper, think about the look, personality and possible role of your anime character. Do you want a tall character? One who looks angry? How big might you want their weapons to be? Believe it or not, drawing an anime character by freehand is one of the first steps in graphic animation, so you can always turn to a computer to improve your sketch.

Drawing An Anime Character On The Computer
With simple painting programs, you can draw a digital version of your anime character. If you are creating a character on a budget, Windows XP contains a paint program. Go to Start, then Programs and then Accessories. You will see the basic paint program where you can draw your anime character freely and easily. Many budding anime artists prefer to engage in computer animation after they have done some freehand drawing, as this will allow them to imagine the character from all angles, develop the ideas they like and erase the ones they don't. A computerized anime character can be manipulated and enhanced in programs like Photoshop or GIMP-you would have to buy Photoshop, but GIMP is available for free, even though it can be complicated to use. Check for a list of some freeware programs geared toward supporting anime drawings.

Why Create Your Own Anime Character?
While there may be tons of awesome anime characters out there, none are specifically yours. Creating your own anime character allows you to enjoy a customized version of anime stars and superheroes, with all the qualities you love, and you can even reuse them as avatars or in animation programs.

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