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Character Animation: how to design and animate a character

If you are ready to take your animation to the next level and start working on CHARACTER ANIMATION, this course is for you. This workflow is based around cha...
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Platform: Skillshare
Video: 2h 46m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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Description

If you are ready to take your animation to the next level and start working on CHARACTER ANIMATION, this course is for you.

This workflow is based around character animation in Adobe Animate.

Here’s what’s you’ll achieve in this course:

  • how to come up with a concepts for characters, and how to draw rough drawings, and test poses

  • how to finalise your drawing to import into animation software

  • how to use Adobe Animate to design and build a fully working and animation ready character rig – this includes working with drawing tools, layers and symbols

  • how to animate a character frame by frame and with Aniamte’s tween function

  • how to animate a jump; and how to animate a walk cycle

  • finally how to add your animation to a scene with a background, how to add music, camera moves and overlays.

This course covers a complete Animation Workflow – from concept all the way through to final movie clip – using Adobe Animate

The course is made up of 3 parts.

The first part is about how to draw your character from scratch and then how to import your sketch into Animate. From there, i’ll show you step by step how to make a build that is ready for animation. You can use your own drawing, or use one of my sketches to work on.

Likewise, in the second part of the course, you’ll have a choice of working with either my rig that I made as a demo, or using your own. The 2 projects in this section are the Jump and the walk. The walk cycle is one of the most important projects for any beginner animator. This is a crucial project to complete successfully and I will show you exactly how to do that. I’m going to show you a couple of ways to animate a walk, including animating a looped walk using tweens.

In the third and final section you will learn how to build an entire scene around this seemingly simple walk cycle. I am going to give you a background that you can use if you want, but if you have your own artwork you’ll learn exactly how to work with it so that your animation looks like it’s seamlessly part of the world you’ve created.

I’ll also show you how adding a short piece of music to your scene can suddenly elevate it and make it look like it’s part of a larger sequence or movie.

You will learn

There are 3 class projects:

Design Project: sketch a character design, and create a fully moveable rig in Adobe Aniamte

Animation Project 1: Using your rig, animate your character jumping

Animation Project 2: Animate your character walking and learn how to loop the walk for a continuous cycle

Requirements

There is no prerequisite, anyone can begin this course.. This course is also great for beginners without any Adobe Animate knowledge.

This course is for

This course is suitable for beginners.
Artist, Illustrator, Instructor
Hello, I’m Siobhan


My background spans the disciplines of drawing, painting, filmmaking and animation. I studied Film in Dublin, and at the Tisch School of the Arts, at NYU in New York. I later studied drawing and animation. Since 2002, I have worked in studios in Vancouver and Dublin as a professional background artist and environment designer. I’ve also worked as a storyboard artist, concept artist, and I have directed a number of short animated films.


All in all, I’ve worked for over 15 years as an Artist, Illustrator and Animation Professional. I’ve provided artwork for studios whose clients include Disney UK, Sony Pictures Animation, HMH Publishing, to name a few.


I also have an ongoing painting and drawing practice, and I paint portraits on commission, and exhibit my work in galleries. My passion is to teach others the whole spectrum of art skills that I’ve learned and developed over the course of my career.

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Platform: Skillshare
Video: 2h 46m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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