Character Animation: Creating Authentic Facial Expressions in Adobe After Effects skillshare originals badge

Fraser Davidson, Designer / Director / Animator

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17 Lessons (1h 13m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:38
    • 2. Meet Joysticks n' Sliders

      1:44
    • 3. Creating Your Illustrator Document

      0:40
    • 4. Designing Your Character

      7:48
    • 5. Separating the Layers in Illustrator

      2:45
    • 6. Importing Artwork Into After Effects

      0:53
    • 7. Refining Artwork in After Effects

      3:02
    • 8. Initial Character Rigging

      9:14
    • 9. Creating the Eye Joystick

      6:20
    • 10. Creating the Eyebrow Joystick

      3:51
    • 11. Creating the Mouth Slider

      3:53
    • 12. Preparing the Head Joystick

      12:26
    • 13. Creating the Head Joystick

      4:10
    • 14. Preparing For Animation

      3:13
    • 15. Animating the Face

      10:04
    • 16. Final Thoughts

      0:35
    • 17. Explore More Classes on Skillshare

      0:33
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Project Description

Illustrate, animate, and share your own character!

Whether you're brand new to animation or just to Joysticks n' Sliders, we want to see your character! Smiling, frowning, freaked out — we can't wait to see whatever emotion you've chosen to convey. Using Fraser's character or one of your own, and animate their face using Joysticks n' Sliders.

Some things to remember as you create your animation:

  • Each feature you'd like to move needs to be on its own layer.
  • Labeling your layers will save you headaches down the line!
  • Anything you want to be seen in profile as well as head on should extend beyond the character itself (like the character's hair).
  • Rigging takes the longest, but once your character is fully rigged the sky's the limit!

 

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