Anime Character Rendering Test Staff Pick

  • September 17, 2012
  • Blender 2.6x
  • Render: Blender Internal
  • Creator: danikreuter
  • License: CC-0
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Hey guys,

since a while I'm trying to create characters in a style close to anime. It is quite hard and those of you who have tried it before should know what I mean. This try is my best one so far. I thought I should share it because especially in this field of cg there is almost no english documentation at all... I hope you can learn something from this file. If you have any advices for me please let me know. Also if anyone wants to try to get closer to the perfect image together or if there is something else you want to show me regarding this just send me a mail (dani.kreuter[at]gmail[dot]com) or write me a comment.


  • Aelsawy profile picture


    Edited September 17, 2012
  • lala4jach profile picture

    wow.. this is amazing sir !! i wonder if i can make this one too... i'm very apreciate if yiu can make the tutorial to make this amazing work step by step..

    sorry for bad english

    Edited September 17, 2012
  • Belich profile picture

    very nice work, interesting techniques

    Edited September 17, 2012
  • Endlessillusionx profile picture

    Good Job on this.

    Edited September 18, 2012
  • InfameDavid profile picture

    beautiful, thanks for share

    Edited September 18, 2012
  • InfameDavid profile picture

    save to favorites and one vote for staff picks!

    Edited September 18, 2012
  • Makabey profile picture

    Just from the thumbnails, I'd say you're wrong. There is no "right" way to do it. If you can sense that it's anim

    Edited September 18, 2012
  • danikreuter profile picture

    thanks for your feedback. I just wanted to say that I totally agree with you. There really isn't just one right way. However I still feel far away from what I actually want to make. I'm glad you liked it though.

    Edited September 18, 2012
  • MouseAlone profile picture

    We are all proud to be weebs ........SAY "ALL HAIL ANIME".....well i wanted to make anime.....then i tried and thought ......making different images for the same charactrer seems to be cheating ....soo here i am learning blender and tring to make 3D anime(not the curent CGI ones)...............BTW GOOD JOB ..keep up the good word......

    Written February 17, 2019
  • MouseAlone profile picture


    Written February 17, 2019
  • robm profile picture

    Very interesting indeed! Your thumbnails looks wonderful and for sure I'm going to study your setup and ideas.

    A question however: I can't get the same hair color and the animation turns out (a little) too blurred. I'm wondering if it's a problem in my blender build (latest irie 2.63.a+svn50505-0irie1~precise1, that also includes Freestlyle and the planet modifier) or... ?

    Edited September 20, 2012
  • JMaines profile picture

    Thanks a lot for sharing this. The mouth setup is very interesting. I also like the progress on the body on the hidden layer. I think you should build the rest of the body and make some kind of character template out of it.

    Edited October 05, 2012
  • Gagarou profile picture

    very cool. thanks for sharing!

    Edited October 07, 2012
  • Moolah profile picture

    Hi, Daniel! Great character! Just can't make hair textures working. I don't know why. I unpacked 'em (after 1st try) and still can't render with it.

    Edited October 08, 2012
  • danikreuter profile picture

    Are you working with an official blender build?

    Edited October 08, 2012
  • FKM1900 profile picture

    Great blend! Currently building an Anime character in C4D, your eyebrow/eyes setup helped me a lot. Thanks!

    Edited October 08, 2012
  • sonoide profile picture

    genial. gracias!

    Edited October 08, 2012
  • nestorg profile picture

    thanks, only a issue with the hair texture, not work in my blender 2.64

    Edited October 08, 2012
  • danikreuter profile picture

    I checked on the file once more but I can't find any problems at all. I'm using the Blender 2.64 Version as well...

    Edited October 08, 2012
  • cherrypie profile picture

    hi, all. This change result, Windows user can't read the PSD file. Since there are some persons who can read, a true cause is unknown. PSD will not be recommended.

    As far as I've tested.(read PSD) WinXP(32bit) blender2.63a-release-windows32 is failed. WinXP(32bit) blender2.64-release-windows32 is failed. Win7(64bit) blender-2.63a-release-windows64 is failed. Ubuntu11.10(64bit) blender-2.63a-linux-glibc27-x86_64 is failed.

    PSD is not a problem if heavy users, but all the people would not be the case. Of course, I changed PSD to PNG.

    Edited October 08, 2012
  • profile picture

    Hi Daniel,

    Posted on (in the right hand column widget).

    Thanks for sharing with the Blender Community.

    Blender Attitude

    Edited October 08, 2012
  • const profile picture

    Could you please have a look with a Blender test build from graphicall? The hair material has a bit of problem. I don't know what is going on.

    This is amazing!

    Edited October 09, 2012
  • danikreuter profile picture

    Please check on the file again... It should be fixed be now

    Edited October 09, 2012
  • Moolah profile picture

    I use patched version win32 also latest 2.64 build from I'll check other versions. It can be some bug with PSD format reading in Blender.

    Edited October 10, 2012
  • BhaWin profile picture

    Wow, just amazing results, with this file, can make a little tutorial on how to make it?

    Edited October 10, 2012
  • BrandyStarbrite profile picture

    Nice work Daniel. How long have you been making Manga/Anime character models?

    Edited October 17, 2012
  • danikreuter profile picture

    I started with this kind of project about a year ago... with Blender in general four years ago though

    Edited October 19, 2012
  • BrandyStarbrite profile picture


    Edited October 21, 2012
  • vdmpeniel profile picture

    Would you make a tutorial?????

    Edited October 24, 2012
  • RTM profile picture

    Impressive !! I like this ... im a fan of manga & anime style CG

    Edited December 06, 2012
  • tykfr profile picture

    hey how did u do the eyes like that

    Edited December 11, 2012
  • jonaG profile picture

    ohh es fantastico !!

    Edited January 31, 2013
  • engelus profile picture

    Amazing work! very very veryyyy beautiful, thank u so much for sharing this. Reminds me a lot Valkyria Chronicles for ps3.

    Edited February 26, 2013
  • FreesFreeFreaks profile picture

    How did you texture the mesh in that manga style? It looks amazing O_o

    Written July 23, 2013
  • ZyroCobalt profile picture

    Amazing work, I agree with Engelus, looks like Valkyria Chronicles minus a post processing effect. I really like the way the eyes were done. Great work,

    Written August 06, 2013
  • thehunter00 profile picture


    Written September 14, 2013
  • SilverHunter profile picture


    Thank you for the download. I have a bit of a story to share with you. Couple of years ago, I made up an anime girl in illustrator/flash. I made a flash game with her in it. Then I thought "I should make a 3d game of her" And then I came across Blender and I've found it very hard to use. So I am really hoping your work helps because I've found blender really stressful! I've only done 75% of my characters head and hair and... that's it. I made a Japanese street lamp in blender before but its rather plain. I have tried to use something called 'MikuMikuDance model' but its not compatible with my blender version I have.

    Written January 04, 2014
  • CreativeHacker profile picture

    Impressive !

    Written July 21, 2014
  • karasu5199 profile picture

    this is very good can you do a how to YouTube video.

    Written November 08, 2014
  • robwesseling profile picture

    I learned a lot from this Blend: The way you use shrinkwrap, How to use drivers etc. There is a lot in here : empty partented to the armature, the eyes follow the empty ( and the armature) plust the empties own animation. And the eyers a shrink-wrapped to the face. Then there is a LITTLE! box which is the driver for the eyes their shapekeys. And then there is a nice setup in the compositor ( but not in use). And then the hair have a cloth modifier, but I couldn't find out where they are pinned to. And ofcourse the modelling , texturing etc. All very good. I learned a lot. Thanks !

    Written November 10, 2014
  • MGteunu profile picture

    A tutorial would be great! thanks for the blen & keep up the good work!

    Written January 27, 2015
  • antohera profile picture

    very good

    Written March 03, 2015
  • hashir profile picture

    Preety awesome:)

    Written January 23, 2016
  • asv profile picture

    Thanks you.good job.

    Written July 17, 2016
  • princeleaa profile picture

    So cute

    Written December 04, 2016
  • a45 profile picture

    lovely!! thanks!!

    Written December 04, 2016
  • roe profile picture

    can you make tutorial for this character?

    Written January 11, 2017
  • marthana80 profile picture

    really cute

    Written March 18, 2017
  • Tovin profile picture

    Very nice, but has a very Blender Internal feel to it with the textures and all. I would love to see what you could do with the new Cycles versions!

    Written March 26, 2017
  • wave3d profile picture

    thanks !!!

    Written December 04, 2017
  • aoi87 profile picture

    Good job, thank you !

    Written December 28, 2017
  • pgsibilo profile picture

    Awesome job, thanks.

    Written April 23, 2018
  • DonutTheKing profile picture

    If shes naked i swear ima slap you XD

    Written August 07, 2018