February 4, 2023


Hiya everybody! I’m Masato Oka from Kyoto, Japan.

I often work in picture processing within the attire business. Beginning round 2020, I started creating 3D works as a pastime on my days off. I’m self-studying my expertise by YouTube.


I’ve all the time appreciated sci-fi works with the theme of the close to future.

In in the present day’s world, the style is named cyberpunk, and films like “Blade Runner” and anime like “AKIRA” have had a robust affect on me.

These works are expressed in dwell motion and anime, respectively, however I believed I might attempt to create each expressions in a single work.


Most of this work is finished in Blender, and the textures are photograph textures from textures.com. (For the flying automotive, I used Substance Painter.)

I adopted a tutorial by Ian Hubert, a creator whom I extremely respect, to create this constructing.


From right here on, I’ll deal with tips on how to use photograph textures to create anime-style works.

To provide an anime-like look to a constructing created utilizing photograph textures, set a vibrant background colour and a vibrant solar.

On this work, I set the blue sky and yellow solar, however when you change it to a distinct colour just like the one you are attempting within the YouTube video, it might lead to a extra spectacular expression.

Then set “Freestyle” to stipulate the constructing when rendering.

At the moment, accumulate objects that you do not need to attract outlines for, akin to hologram ads and distant buildings, in a single assortment folder and choose “unique.”


For rendering, I used Eevee.

By utilizing Eevee, the photograph textures change into a mellow expression, and Freestyle makes it much more anime-like.


You possibly can render it as it’s, however I added results for this work.

I like anime works from the 80’s akin to “AKIRA”, so I used “Compositing” so as to add colors and bleed like nostalgic movie animation.

Listed here are the compositing nodes.

Composition earlier than and after:


The strategy described on this article works high quality for nonetheless photos, however may cause some issues for animations.

Objects with motion can appear like paper crafts as a result of the shifting gentle reflections and shadows are drawn realistically.

To unravel this, I added the next nodes to the “flying police automotive” materials solely.

It is a technique a good friend advised me about, and it renders the floor of objects with anime-style reflections and shadows.

I requested a good friend to seek out out the supply of this node, however I misplaced my bookmarks and was unable to take action. I wish to take this chance to specific my gratitude to the one that initially got here up with this node.


On this work, through the use of photograph textures, it’s doable to create two sorts of expression in a single work: live-action and anime-like. 

Thanks very a lot for studying this text! I might be completely satisfied that can assist you with the manufacturing of your work.

And I wish to categorical my honest gratitude to Alina and the workers of Blender Nation for giving me such a beautiful alternative.

Thanks and have a very good day!

Concerning the Artist

Masato Oka from Japan, a 3D artist solely on holidays.