Anime Girl

I'm trying to created the Cel animated look in blender but with 2D animation beside, mimicking the style from the 80s and 90s I feel like theirs some nuance to it that I need to set up nodes for. Theirs also something about the inking that just a regular black line doesn't capture like the colors painted behind it have some influence how could i recreate that?

Im also trying to add a super faint drop shadow to the main character against the background which I think could help, but I also don't know how to do that.

Akira cell I'm new to blender and don't really know how to work the nodes super well so any help would be really appreciated.

  • $\begingroup$ Learn the nodes! 😁 docs.blender.org -> Render Engines -> Materials. Also, this question has been asked a lot of different ways before now. Check out the MP-Lab addon on GitHub as their anime characters implement this fairly well. $\endgroup$
    – TheLabCat
    May 6, 2021 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ I mean professional anime artists in Japan already have a hard time making good looking 3D anime, I doubt you'll achieve anything like that with 3D modelling Blender. Cinema 4D has a bit more toon shading options, but realistically, learning 2D animation IS the way to go. You can then use Grease Pencil in Blender to draw 2D characters. $\endgroup$ May 12, 2021 at 22:50

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I came across this video last night and this question today. If you haven't found or created a solution, hopefully this helps:


  • $\begingroup$ Please include relevant details in your answer. Link-only answers are less then ideal, because the content could become unavailable or change to when the answer was posted. $\endgroup$
    – Robert Gützkow
    Apr 28, 2022 at 18:34

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