Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Shifting weight and arcs, part of Character Animation: Basics.
…Once you block out your poses, the next step…is to add some weight and balance to your character.…Now, here I have the basic poses that I've blocked out.…Here at frame one is the initial pose. That pose is repeated at frame 12.…And then at frame 24, we have our second pose.…So, let's go ahead and just play this.…As you can see, we have time to read the first pose, and then a nice gentle…transition between poses.…Now, let's focus on that transition, and as…you can see, it looks fluid, but it doesn't…look realistic, so we need to add some more…weight and a little bit more oomph to this.…
So let's take a look at the hips. I'm going go ahead and just mark out…the position of the hip here and then scrub over to the other frame here.…In fact, let's go in the middle, let's see where it is in the middle.…And again, this is where the hip is and then again, here we have another point.…And as you can see, these three points basically trace out a straight…line, so he's going in a straight line from point A to point B.…
- 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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