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9 Videos (1h 17m)
    • Trailer

      0:40
    • Design in Illustrator - Part 1

      7:06
    • Design in Illustrator - Part 2

      17:47
    • Build in After Effects

      16:16
    • Rigging the Mouth

      4:51
    • Animate the Lip Sync - Part 1

      3:37
    • Animate the Lip Sync - Part 2

      15:55
    • Animate the Lip Sync - Part 3

      8:49
    • Render and Share your Talking Character

      2:21
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About This 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:

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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.

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I am a novice to Illustrator and only basic skills on AE, however Fraser is very clear and easy to follow, didn't think i'd be making something like this anytime soon!
Another Masterclass from Fraser Davidson, a great animator and graphic designer, fully recommend the class!!!
Oscar Bastarrachea

Getting More Creative!!!

Phenomenal way of rigging mouth positions.

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Fraser Davidson

Designer / Director / Animator

BAFTA Award winning director and animator. Co-founder and owner of Cub Studio. Has worked with many of the worlds leading sporting institutions (including the NFL, England Rugby, the NCAA, the IOC, Canadian Olympic Committee, Fox Sports, ESPN and more) as an animator and brand designer.

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