The Japanese art of animation, or anime for short, has developed a devoted following worldwide. In the Nineties, anime had only limited popularity outside of Japan. But since the 21st century, there has been a worldwide explosion of anime genres and titles. Anime artists are inspired by the many anime shows on television. Anime conventions are now held everywhere where aspiring artists can find resources and get feedback from other enthusiasts. Anime clubs, both in universities and online, teach the techniques of character design and development.
Many books can be found that teach aspiring anime artists to improve their manga drawing skills. With the aid of computer technology, anime can be created from either the traditional format of ink, paint, celluloid cells and film or done completely with computer generated images called CGI. Additionally there are online companies, technical schools and universities that have educational programs to help budding anime artists.
What started as an obscure form of animation in Japan has become an essential part of popular culture in the modern world. With so many talented people who can draw and paint, it’s only a matter of time before the next wave of anime is created here in America.