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Fundamentals of Character Animation: Locomotion
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Fundamentals of Character Animation: Locomotion

with George Maestri

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MUSC. This skills course is not software specific. We're also going to show you how to start and stop walks from a standing position.

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Fundamentals of Character Animation: Locomotion
2h 41m Intermediate May 28, 2014

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Getting characters to walk is one thing; adding character to a walk is another. But it's not impossible and it's not software specific. In fact, the locomotion techniques in this course apply to any style of animation: 2D or 3D, hand-drawn or digital. The only thing you need to bring is personality. George Maestri shows how to make your character walk, run, and skip with style, and subtly move the story along.

Topics include:
  • Animating the lower and upper body, arms, and legs
  • Adding weight
  • Adjusting timing and gait
  • Starting and stopping walks
  • Adding personality
  • Animating runs and skips
Subjects:
3D + Animation Animation Character Animation
Software:
CINEMA 4D Maya
Author:
George Maestri

Welcome

MUSC. Hi, I'm George Maestri. And welcome to Fundamentals of Character Animation: Locomotion. This skills course is not software specific. It actually covers the basic principles of animation that apply to all forms of animation. We're going to show you how to get your characters walking, running and skipping through your scenes. We're going to start off with a basic walk. And then we're going to show you how to do a walk cycle where a character actually walks in place.

After that we're going to refine some basic walks to add a little bit more personality and character. We're also going to show you how to start and stop walks from a standing position. Next, we're going to move on to runs. We're going to animate a simple run. And then we're going to go on to a more stylized run where a character is running very quickly. And finally, we're going to show you the basics of how to make your characters skip. Which is a little bit more complex than a walk and a run. So, let's get started with Fundamentals of Character Animation: Locomotion.

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