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By Mark Diaz, Animator

Character Design For Animation in Illustrator

Language: English
All Levels

Course description

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?

  • Defining Attitude

  • Shapes and Meaning

  • Body Types

  • Character Design in Action

  • Example of a Character Ready in Illustrator

  • Body Breakdown

  • Symmetrical Character in 5 basic views

  • Importance of Using a Storyboard in Production

  • Taking care of the Joints

  • Getting Ready

  • 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?"

Learners who have already enrolled in this course

Meet your instructor

Mark Diaz
Mark DiazAnimator
With a background of 10 years in the film industry at Autumn Leave Films, and with over 30 short films produced to this date, we are a group of animators who love to share everything we know about animation, from drawing, pre-production, animation, to post production. Our aim is to equip future animators with all the necessary techniques and tips to help them do better projects. Our courses will help beginners along with intermediate users. We have helped more than 130,000+ students to discover techniques and all the knowledge they need to start animating their projects.