Character animation: Learn to illustrate a character and let it dance!

Amanda Frens, Illustration & Animation

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8 Videos (34m)
    • Introduction to the course

    • Lesson 1. Character Illustration - Head

    • Lesson 2. Character illustration - Body

    • Lesson 3. Preparing an illustration for animation

    • Lesson 4. After Effects - Managing files

    • Lesson 5. Getting comfortable with rigging!

    • Lesson 6. Rigging the body

    • Lesson 7. Animating a dance movement!

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About This Class

Welcome to my class!


I’m Amanda Frens, a Communication and Multimedia Design student, specialising in illustration and animation. Over the last couple years I've been so inspired by others and learned so many, that I really wanted to share and give some of that knowledge back. 

In this course I want to show you how to create a character in Adobe Illustrator and make it ready for Adobe After Effects. In Adobe After Effects I'll show you how to rig the character with the free plug-in duik and then we can start on some dance moves!

For who is this course?

This class is for students who know the basics of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects and want to know how to make those two work together in Character Animation. This class is intermediate. You should have a basic understanding of the Adobe illustrator and Adobe After Effects interfaces and tools. But for the doubters under us, you know more than you think!


Adobe Illustrator

Adobe After Effects

Free Plug-in Duik

Positivity & Perseverance

What will you learn?

In this class I will be sharing how I illustrate a character, how I setup the layers and constructions in Adobe Illustrator before moving my file to Adobe After Effects. How to manage all the files in Adobe After Effects to keep it clean and simple. How to make the character into a puppet with the DUIK plugin, and tricks & tips for animating it.

I’m really excited to start my first class on Skillshare! I hope you have fun and I can’t wait to see what you come up with in the class projects. :)

Thank you!

Background music by Tomas Skyldeberg - Everything Shines 

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The illustrator part was very nicely explained! The rigging was very difficult, since the duik plugin looked very different for me and the controllers did not work in the same way at all. (I think it got updated...) Still worth a watch, since some of the basic movements still worked :)
Good teacher, good class! You just need prior knowledge about Ae basics. If you do, you can learn a lot by following along with this class.
Paul Gerard Saret

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I don't have any background knowledge of illustrator or after effects, but decided to watch the video. Engaging and interesting. Mary Richards





Amanda Frens

Illustration & Animation

Hi, my name is Amanda!

I'm currently a Communication & Multimedia Design student, specialising in illustration & animation. Everyday I strive to be creative, pushing the boundaries of what I already know. I really enjoy bringing motion into my illustrations!

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