Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Basics of facial expression, part of Learning Character Animation.
…Let's take a quick look at facial expression and how to pose faces.…Now the face is really a window into your character.…Whatever's going through your character's head will show up very easily on the face.…So let's take a look at how…to create facial expressions and make them interesting.…So here I have a basic character.…And let's just go with a very simple emotion.…Let's go ahead and just make the character smile.…Now if we wanted to, we could just leave it at that, but this is…not really that great of an expression; I…mean, it really is just the character smiling.…
It's, there's not anything else involved.…One of the things we can do is we can create a, maybe a…little bit of asymmetry into the pose, just to give it some visual interest.…So, for example, we could take this slider here and maybe make the smile a little bit…more on the right side. We could select the Mouth Shift, and maybe…shift that over a little bit, so that now the smile isn't exactly symmetrical.…Now if we want, we could play with…the opening and closing of the character's mouth.…
- Telling stories through posing
- Creating a strong line of action in poses
- Animating seating to standing poses
- Adding anticipation and follow-through
- Making your character walk
- Animating the head and face
- Animating basic phonemes
- Animating a scene
Skill Level Beginner
Flash Professional CS5: Character Animationwith Dermot O' Connor9h 19m Intermediate
Creating Animated Characters in After Effectswith George Maestri3h 53m Intermediate
1. Posing Characters
2. Creating Pose-to-Pose Animation
3. Basics of Walks
4. Facial Animation
5. Basics of Dialogue
6. Animating a Scene
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