The most riveting fight scenes happen in one of two dimensions. Anime fight scenes can be simple martial arts brawls or zany battles between giant robots shaped like bunny rabbits. No matter what the scale, it's possible to create your own anime fight scene from scratch, using only pencil and paper. With planning and an extensive number of drawings, your fight scene will come to life, not only before your eyes, but also before the eyes of your family and friends.
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Things you need
Watch several Japanese animations that use fight scenes to familiarise yourself with the style. Take note of the type and length of shots used.
Determine the type of fighting your anime characters are going to engage in. Is the fighting going to be realistic? Will your characters have magical abilities?
Sketch your characters using skeletal guide lines and a circle for the head. Add a horizontal line in the centre of the head as an additional guide for the eyes and ears.
Draw columns to flesh out the arms and legs and a wide column for the torso. Erase and redraw as necessary to correct proportion.
Add hair and clothing to refine your characters. Sketch the characters posing in different ways on a page. Use your page of several poses as a reference when making storyboards.
Storyboard your fight scene. Draw a series of sketches that show the choreographed action in your planned altercation. Each sketch should represent one camera angle. In some instances, several sketches can describe the continuing action via a single angle.
Draw the frames for your scene. It may take hundreds of drawings to finish your masterpiece. Be patient and work hard, using your storyboard as a template.
Show your work to friends for feedback, then refine your work based on the notes.
Tips and warnings
- Use tracing paper to make your drawings.
- Spend some time designing your characters, or you might find that they are inconsistent in appearance when you look at the overall effects in your animation.
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