How to Animate Head Turns in 2D Character Animation


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Animating head turns

One other more important skills you will need to learn as a character animator is how to turn your character's head. Now a head has a lot of different parts. You have the shape of the face. You have hair, eyes, nose, mouth, and all of those need to move in a very coordinated manner. So in order to turn the head, it's actually fairly complex animation even on a simple character such as this. So let me show you how to do it. Now probably the easiest way to turn a head is just to flip it, to actually scale it in the opposite direction.

So for example, if I wanted to turn this character's head between frame 4 and 5, I could just very easily flip it in the opposite direction. So if I scale it -100% in that direction and just reposition the head, I can just have a very simple kind of a snap head turn. Now I have seen this done in a lot of character animations and it can work out quite well in a pinch, but it really is kind of a cheap-y. So if you wants get a more realistic head turn, yo...

Animating head turns
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Animating head turns provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by George Maestri as part of the 2D Character Animation

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