Simple Character Animation

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Create a Simple Animated Character

Bring simple characters to life! Animation is the future of design and an important next step in expanding your design skill set. In this class, I'll walk you through a simple process where you'll learn to build and rig a simple character for animation and share it as a gif!

This Skillshare class is going to break down the process of character animation for you. I will cover simple character creation and animation techniques from design and rigging, through to simple walk cycle animation. You will learn about shape layers, paths, masks, key framing and key frame velocity – and how to apply them to your animations.

What You'll Learn

  • Design in Illustrator. I'll walk you through simple character design, and how to design with After Effects animation in mind.
  • Building in After Effects. We will take your character from Illustrator, and import it into After Effects to build your him for animation.
  • Rigging in After Effects. I'll walk you through the process of rigging your character for simple motion in After Effects.
  • Walk or run cycle. We'll finalize your action and get your character moving in a scene!
  • Export your animated GIF. I'll show you the simple process for getting your animation shareable and out there!

What You'll Do

You will design and create a character in an animated run cycle! I will show you how to export your animated GIF to make your work sharable. This process will give you tools to take all of your designs and illustrations to the next level – efficiently and seamlessly!

This course is a primer in the toughest aspect of animation – character animation. Using the strengths of After Effects to create fun movement for motion graphics and animation, we will break down the difficulty and give you the tools to create great animated characters!

...Hungry for more? Check out my follow-up animation class, Simple Character Lip Sync to make your characters talk!

Prerequisites

Students should have access to and a basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop. A free trial can be downloaded at Adobe.com. [Trial versions may not allow final export of renders. You will need licensed versions to fully complete the course.]

Level: Intermediate

Fraser Davidson

Designer / Director / Animator

Fraser Davidson is an award winning London based, Director and Animator with London based Partnership Sweet Crude. He was previously Head of Motion Graphics at Mainframe, a Motion Graphics, VFX & Animation House.

Graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a BA Hons in Graphic Design, Fraser has six years experience creating advertising, music videos and channel branding across many media. Fraser has won a BAFTA, multiple International Promax Awards and has had his work featured in a numerous publications.

He is the writer and director of the multi-award winning Youtube series 'The Alternative Rugby Commentary' and has collabroated with several comedians to create a number of animated short films.

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