Simple Character Lip Sync

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Class Project

Create a simple talking character

About the Class

Breathe life into your animated characters by giving them a voice! In this animation class, you will build on your simple animation knowledge and put words and dialogue into your characters' mouths. I'll walk you through a simple process in which you'll learn to rig a simple talking character for animation.

I'll briefly cover simple character illustration before creating the various mouth shapes characters will need. Then, once we import the character into After Effects, I'll teach you a simple way to have them lip sync to dialogue in a quick and effective way.

Here is the character we will animate:

What You'll Learn

  • Design a Character in Illustrator. We'll begin by designing your character's head in Illustrator.
  • Create Lip Sync Mouth Positions. You'll create the 14 key shapes your character will need to speak.
  • Rigging in After Effects. I will give you a quick and simple way to set up the rigging for your character's mouth ready for animation.
  • Lip Sync to Dialogue. You'll learn how to quickly get your character speaking using a short clip of audio dialogue.

What You'll Do

You will design and animate a talking character! This course is a brief primer in a core aspect of character animation - lip sync. Using the strengths of After Effects to create fun movement for character animation, we will give you the tools to create great talking characters!

  • Deliverable. You'll create a simple talking character animation using Adobe Illustrator and After Effects.
  • Details. You'll start with creating a simple character in Adobe Illustrator along with 14 mouth-design assets. You'll take your character into After Effects and assign motions to an audio track. I'll show you a simple way to effectively sync mouth movements to dialogue.
  • Collaboration. As you go through the class, update your project to share your progress with your fellow students. Give each other critical feedback.
  • Specs. By the end of the class, you will have successfully created an animation of a talking character.

Be sure to check out my first class, Simple Character Animation, for a basic breakdown of getting your characters walking.

More Information

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

Level: Intermediate

School: Design

Related Subjects: Digital Illustration, Adobe Illustrator, Animation, Character Animation, Adobe After Effects, Graphic Design

At a Glance

  • 8 Video Lessons (1h 17m)
  • 797 Students
  • 100% Positive Reviews (11)
  • Self-Paced Online Class

About the Teacher

Fraser Davidson

Fraser Davidson

Designer / Director / Animator

I'm an award-winning London-based, Director and Animator with the London-based Partnership Sweet Crude. I was previously Head of Motion Graphics at Mainframe, a Motion Graphics, VFX &a...

100% Positive Reviews

Josie Ng

Josie Ng

A wonderful follow up course for anyone who did Fraser's Simple Character Animation. In comparison, the process is slightly longer and more tedious, but equally fun and easy to follow....

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