Rock Out with Character Animation!

Jake Bartlett, Motion Designer

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19 Videos (1h 46m)
    • Rock Out!

      0:47
    • Class Project

      0:34
    • Character Design for Animation

      22:13
    • Rigging pt. 1

      2:40
    • Rigging pt 2

      2:46
    • Rigging pt. 3

      2:39
    • Rigging pt. 4

      7:56
    • Character Animation pt. 1

      10:15
    • Character Animation pt. 2

      9:34
    • Character Animation pt. 3

      8:18
    • Character Animation pt. 4

      5:49
    • Character Animation pt. 5

      3:25
    • Character Animation pt. 6

      2:23
    • Character Animation pt. 7

      4:05
    • Character Animation pt. 8

      5:00
    • Shading pt. 1

      5:41
    • Shading pt. 2

      6:33
    • Exporting a GIF

      4:55
    • Thank You!

      0:35

About This Class

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In this class I'll show you step-by-step how to design your own personalized character for animating in After Effects, how to rig it, animate it, and export it as a looping GIF. I'll cover every step of my process in detail, so you can follow along even if you've never used After Effects before. I've even included all of my source design and animation project files for my four character loops at the bottom of this page. That way if you're curious how I animated my characters, or want to skip the design process and just jump into animation, you can just use my files.

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Great class! Easy to follow and fun :)
Maddi Gnewski

Creative

Another great intro to animation class by Jake, with the texture touches at the end to help take your project to the next level.
For me personally, I have absolutely 0 background in using After Effects—I once downloaded it to experiment to only delete it shortly afterwards. But this Skillshare class has definitely given me the 'morale' boost needed to actually go on about it instead. And definitely has it been useful! The lessons are so simply put together that it is really quite hard not to understand what is going on. Thank you so much Jake! You da best!

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Jake Bartlett

Motion Designer

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Hey! My name is Jake Bartlett, and I’m a motion designer from Denver, Colorado. I've been animating in Adobe After Effects for over ten years. After five years of working for an LA-based production company, I have gone freelance full-time and now work from home. Animating as a motion designer professionally is a dream for me. I get to use After Effects every single day for my job.

Since starting my professional career I've animated over 800 episodes of 8 different motion graphics shows for clients like Yahoo!, MSN, Twitter, YouTube, Pepsi, VH1, HGTV, NateGeo Wild, The History Channel, and Ulive to name a few. In my free time I love making animations for myself. I've found that constantly challenging myself on my own time has been the best way to increase the quality of my work. Being able to consistently use After Effects on a daily basis and always having a tight deadline has made me very fast and efficient with the program.

View my Demo Reel