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Laetitzia
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:56 pm    Post subject: Line art for his characters Reply with quote

Hey everyone! it's been a looong time since I last posted or was active on this forum so I'm guessing I should better re-introduce myself briefly: I am a huge Shinkai fan, and not just that but he is also the main reason why I've decided to get into animation.

I am currently working on a uni coursework, which is meant to be a short animation, and was wondering if anyone could help me with info on what softwares or methods you think Shinkai has used to draw the lineart of his characters... because I know he did everything himself on his Mac, with on Photoshop and After Efects, both for Voices of a Distant Star and She and her Cat, and the lines are so smooth and flawless, and don't have jitters or imperfections so I believe he didn't draw it on paper and then scanned it. I really can't find any information on this.

I would enormously appreciate any tips or advice! thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The art book "The sky of the longing for memories" has a section about making 5 Centimeters Per Second, and lists the computers and SW, as well as having some pictures of the process. I don't know how much practical information is in there, but there are a number of step-by-step pictures showing the layers being created with descriptions of each in Japanese, so I can't actually read them myself.

It lists PowerMac G5 2.5Ghz Quad with 8Gb RAM+Apple Cinema Display 30", as well as PowerMac G5 2.7 and 2.6 Dual (8Gb RAM) and iMac.  Mac OS X 10.4.11. For SW, Adobe After Effects 6.5 Pro, Adobe  Photoshop CS2 and NewTek Light Wave3D 8.5. I also see the word WACOM next to a picture of  someone working on an A1048 keyboard and drawing tablet, so I assume the tablet is some such model.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eureka wrote:
The art book "The sky of the longing for memories" has a section about making 5 Centimeters Per Second, and lists the computers and SW, as well as having some pictures of the process. I don't know how much practical information is in there, but there are a number of step-by-step pictures showing the layers being created with descriptions of each in Japanese, so I can't actually read them myself.

It lists PowerMac G5 2.5Ghz Quad with 8Gb RAM+Apple Cinema Display 30", as well as PowerMac G5 2.7 and 2.6 Dual (8Gb RAM) and iMac. áMac OS X 10.4.11. For SW, Adobe After Effects 6.5 Pro, Adobe áPhotoshop CS2 and NewTek Light Wave3D 8.5. I also see the word WACOM next to a picture of ásomeone working on an A1048 keyboard and drawing tablet, so I assume the tablet is some such model.


Awesome! thanks a lot! I might consider buying that book although I don't speak japanese T_T

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