Right now I can't afford to pay anyone. When I earn enough money that I can pay, I will, but ironically, I probably will never make that much money until I sell this project, so I need faith from my artist. I know it's a long shot and I probably won't get anyone, but pointing that out doesn't help anybody. So either make an offer or go away.
Most anime are based on manga, that is cartoons based on comics. Comics can be a bit easier to produce to test the audience. Think about it, if I can get an artist to draw this, I can self-publish, and it's out there for an audience and my only expense is paying that one artist. To make a cartoon, I may need multiple animators and even if I can find one that can take on the task we still need voiceovers, sound effects, and music. Now I am a man, so I can do the male voice overs, and maybe sound effects, and I have some Linkin Park music picked out if I can secure the rights, but I still need a woman to do female characters and children. I guess if I'm lucky I might get an animator who is female and also does music who can handle all of that, but more likely, I'm going to need a pro team, and even if it is one person, I still would need to pay her a lot more for doing all of that. It's much cheaper to produce a comic first and then when the audience is built go animated. See also, Dragon Ball, Nauto, Bleach, and anything else that Shonen Jump published then later made into anime, as well as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. As for starting with a novel as I have, see also, Moribito and Deltora Quest.
Not quite, I'm writing because I want to have my own anime. I want to see it made for real. If I happen to get rich and famous in the process, all the better. If I make six episodes, get canned and desperately try to sell DVD's of the "complete series" on the cheap at conventions and have to get a day job because I barely break even, I'm okay with that too, as long as I get to watch 7th Moon at my leisure. Besides, even if I am successful, I'm not sure if anybody will know me and I won't really be famous. It's the product, not my personal status, that drives me.
It's very difficult, for one thing I can not draw to save my life. I've tried, but I can't draw what's in my head. For me to get an animated show, I either have to go the long route, trying to be an animator, which won't work because even when I do manage to draw well, I can't maintain consistency between frames, so I will never get far enough that anyone would ever consider me for having my own show, or else I have to produce a property that is worth adapting into the media I want it to be made into and get tacked on as a creative consulting producer. There are a lot of cases where this works and with my talent level, I have to hope I am one of the lucky ones. I actually attempted making my own animated series once and that's how I first got to this website, but compared to other people in that particular community, I was the least talented in the graphics department. I am a writer, an idea man. I need an artist to get the images out of my head and onto paper, and I managed to get one artist to do it but she refuses to do more than one shot with it. Admittedly I used her work without her permission, though I did give her credit and intended to pay her as soon as I got paid myself, but she seemed to have personal qualms about being part of my project. Now I have to find another artist who do her quality of work and work with me on the terms I can actually come through on. If I ever get a few thousand dollars of disposable income, I will gladly pay an artist, but the only way I'll ever make that kind of money is if this project is a success, so I need an artist with faith, or for book sales like Amanda Hocking.