Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Head turns and head motion, part of Character Animation: Basics.
…Let's take a look at how to animate the head of a character.…We're going to start with a very simple animation.…We're going to start with a head turn.…Now a head turn is actually a little more…complex than it may seem, because we have to account…for the weight of the character as well as the…character's intention, where his attention is focused and so on.…So, I have a basic character here in a neutral pose.…Let's start with a…head turn.…I'm going to select the character's head controller,…and we're going to rotate him probably…about to his right, about 20 degrees or so, and we're going to set a key.…
And now I'm going to scrub forward.…In this case, we're going to do a one second head turn.…So I'm starting at frame one.…We're going to go 24 frames ahead of that, to frame 25.…And then…I'm going to rotate him pretty much the same amount in the opposite direction.…Again, somewhere around 20 degrees.…And I'm going to set a second key.…And now we have the most basic head turn there is.…And you can also see that it's a fairly mechanical head…
- 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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