What is Character Animation?
The word “character animation” can be used to describe a number of different artistic methods, but at its core, it’s merely the act of giving lifelike qualities to inanimate objects. Characters can be cartoon characters, but they can also be a lamp, a square or even a color.
Understanding this framework is very important for improving your motion design projects. If you think of your shapes, texts, and backgrounds as characters themselves, your projects will feel more directed and intentional.
In this blog, we will talk about the process of creating animated characters using after effects and discuss some tips for improving your character animation skills.
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Steps of Character Animation Process
In the process of animating a character is different for each project, but the below steps outline a very typical workflow using After Effects.
Modern Character animation uses a computer, and in most animation projects should still start with a pen-and-paper sketch. The simple goal is to get a rough view of what you want your character to look like in key poses. More complex your character is, the more time you need to spend animating it in After Effects.
We recommend creating very simple characters in the beginning. If you are designing cartoon characters, keep the arms and legs basic and avoid creating characters that have extra extremities, like wings or tails.
Once you have sketched out character, it’s time to bring it to life. Open in Photoshop and import a picture of your sketch. You can use the sketch as a reference for designing a colored version of the character.
You will need to create separate layers for all of character’s moving parts. Example, instead of creating a single arm layer, you will break that arm up into a hand, forearm, and bicep layer. It’s important to properly label each of the layers, as the name of the layers will be used when you import the character in After Effects.
Once you are done with designing character, save it.
Rigging is the process of making your character ready for animation by connecting the body parts layers.
Example: By moving the footstep, you would expect the thigh and shin to move, as well. It is done through parenting your Photoshop layers to null objects. The null objects used as guides to adjust your character’s movement.
Rigging is a complete career field in and of itself. There are a few best tools out there for making the process much easier and simpler. The most popular is Duik tool, which is a free tool that can be used to rig and setup After Effects characters of all types.
Click on Below Video: Character Rigging
Once your character is rigged completely, it’s time to set keyframes. Becoming a great animator takes time, and you will very quickly know that character animation is not a natural skill.
It may seem odd to put troubleshooting on this list, but the reality in every project character animation is going to require quite a bit of problem-solving. Your project will surely have issues after you set your keyframes, so it’s your responsibility to go in and figure out where your problems are. On larger animation projects, there are a specific expert who help the animators to troubleshoot movements of character animation.
How to Get Better in Creating Character Animation
Becoming a character animation expert takes a lot of time. You are going to spend your hundreds of hours working on your projects before you create something you are proud of. However, there are a few things you can do to improve your character animation skills.
Walk Cycle Animation
A walk cycle animation is a sequence that shows what a character will look like when it goes through one cycle movement: left foot, right foot, left foot. While this may look like an easy task, the reality is that a walk cycle can be one of the most difficult aspects of the entire process of character animation. If you can master a walk cycle animation, you are on track to master anything in character animation.
Click on Below Video: After Effects – Walk Cycle Tutorial
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We hope you have found this information to be helpful in creating animation. Join Arena Surat training Institute it is one of the best ways to learn and improve your character animation skills.