Learning how much Squash & Stretch to apply to a scene requires equal parts experimentation and experience. In this video we'll teach you how much of Squash & Stretch to apply; what tools to use in Autodesk Maya, or Blender; and learn why Anticipation is important to making your characters feel more alive.
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- [Instructor] So how do we take this simple ball bounce…and add some life to it?…By using the principles of squash, stretch,…and a bit of anticipation.…Let's find out how.…Here in Maya, I'm gonna rotate our little ball a little bit…in the beginning.…This will give us a sense of energy that's being built up…right before the ball bounces out.…You can do this simply with just the rotate tool in Maya.…Now to squash him and stretch him,…you're gonna just wanna use the simple scale tool in Maya.…
In Blender, you can use the scale tool right down here.…Now be careful.…As your ball bounces, you're gonna wanna make sure…that you don't squash him too much…so that he looks like a flat pancake on the ground,…kinda like this.…Plus, you're also gonna wanna pay attention to volume.…What I mean by that, is that when you squash the character…down a little bit this way, make sure he gets squashed…out a little bit that way.…
That way your ball has a sense of volume the whole time…and it doesn't flop around like a water balloon.…
Animation has evolved tremendously in the last century, but some principles always stay the same. This foundation will serve you for a lifelong career.
- A history of character animation
- Squash and stretch
- Pose-to-pose animation
- Secondary action