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Even today, Japanese animation studios still use pencil and paper to produce animation. Why can't they switch from that method and proceed to digital hand drawing for animation production, since it is much less time consuming?

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    What source do you have that says that they aren't doing something like this? – Makoto Nov 1 '16 at 17:12
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    I believe he means why as a general rule that method which requires so much effort isn't abandoned. It seems interesting to me so I upvoted it, cancelling the downvote it had before. – Lord Nov 1 '16 at 18:23
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    @Lord: I'm not convinced that this is actually a thing. Given the nature of animation, it's unlikely for any studio to use pencil and paper consistently in production of animated sequences. If there's a source which indicates that this is the case, then this question becomes answerable and interesting. Without it, the question is speculative at best. – Makoto Nov 1 '16 at 19:27
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    I guess you're right XD. Well, maybe someone knows and can confirm/deny it in a comment. – Lord Nov 1 '16 at 20:04
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    As far as I know, the vast majority of anime nowadays is produced digitally. Search for "digipaint" to find out more about the process. – Torisuda Nov 1 '16 at 20:32
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Here is an interesting article about how the anime production process works.

Here's an excerpt I found particularly interesting (and relevant!):

[T]he crucial thing is that the frames are still initially drawn by hand, and no in-between animation is simulated by a computer. There are some animators who draw 2D animation directly onto computer, but in anime this is largely restricted to in solo animation productions rather than commercial anime. The industry prefers this because the animators are generally more comfortable and able with this method, and it allows easier checking and correction of frames under sometimes tight schedules.

  • its about using graphic tablets in animation by hand drawing digitallly – user25750 Nov 1 '16 at 22:47
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The animation line works require high precision, which in turn means better drawing tablet/computers are needed.

Much in-betweens are produced overseas. Having been at a small studio in China, I feel that the studio will not be able to afford such device for every animator.

Also one need to take into account of how much changes when drawing digitally. Tablet screens have very low friction compares to pencil on paper, which means complete relearn how one uses muscle and maintains stability. This is a no-go for established studios, as they are constantly on time pressure.

Coloring requires less precision, and can be performed by a mouse, so those are done digitally in the studio.

  • so why exactly do japanese anime studio still use pencil and paper even today?why not move on to graphics tablet? – user25750 Nov 2 '16 at 11:42
  • @user25750 even if they do (overcoming all the training), they don't gain anything really if the in-between is still tracing their work by pencil and paper. – lulalala Nov 3 '16 at 1:31

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