By Mark Diaz, Animator
Character Design For Animation in Illustrator
You have an idea that you want to turn into animation, and now you want to create the characters that will move the story. How do they look? Are they friendly? Aggressive? Stubborn? You decide your character should look friendly, great! You draw what you have in your mind and you feel proud. Good for you. But what if what you designed gets criticized and people say “With that smile, it looks naughty, not friendly”. Why? How can you make your characters communicate the personality you intent for them? This is where this course will help. In here you will learn the theory behind character psychology, how to make characters with a soul, with personality. And not only that, but you will also learn how to communicate all those feelings and emotions through your designs. You will learn how to establish different attitudes by using different shapes, you will understand the meaning of having round features, or pointy features. And then, after you know the theory, we will practice the whole process of putting the character you have in your mind into paper, by first establishing a strong pose that communicates your character’s personality. You will learn: 1. How to create memorable characters 2. The Theory behind character psychology 3. 4 Basic areas of personality that will make your character outstand all others 4. How to define attitude 5. The basics of concept art 6. Understand shapes and meaning
And then, once you have a memorable character with a strong personality, drawn on paper or on digital, what can you do with it? Well, because this course was created with animators in mind, we added a whole section covering how to prepare your character in illustrator and make it ready for animation. You will learn about the different angles needed to have what you need for your character, the importance of using a storyboard, and how to trace each part of the body so you have the character well connected and ready to be rigged in After Effects, or any other animation software you want. We will dive deep, step by step in a tutorial that will guide you how to ensemble the Character Brad, part by part. Learn how to design your characters and prepare them for animation. Enroll now!
Course overview - 33
Introduction to Character Design for Animation
Getting the Project Files
How to Create Memorable Characters
Character Development and Psychology
What grabs your character's attention?
How does your character make decisions?
How does your character organizes his/her world?
Shapes and Meaning
Character Design in Action
Example of a Character Ready in Illustrator
Symmetrical Character in 5 basic views
Importance of Using a Storyboard in Production
Taking care of the Joints
Preparing the Frontal View
Creating the Head and Neck
Creating the Upper Torso
Creating the Lower Torso
Creating the Hips
Creating the Arms
Creating the Legs
Replacement Animation Explanation
Creating the Hands
Creating the Feet
Creating the Mouths
Creating the Eyes
Creating the Eyebrows and Nose
Exporting The Character
Create The Joints
BONUS LESSON: "What's Next?"
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