Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video The eyes and emotion, part of Character Animation: Dialogue.
…Let's take a look at the eyes and how they affect character emotion.…Now the eyes are critical to your animation because the eyes…communicate a lot of information to the audience.…We're naturally drawn to the eyes and we're always looking at them.…So we need to pay special attention to our character's eye direction as well as…the eye shape.…Let's start off with eye direction and…we're going to start off with a happy pose.…Now in this case the character's eyes are facing forwards.…
So she's happy at whatever she's seeing.…If we change the direction of the eyes, now she's looking up and…away and this kind of looks a little bit more like she's distracted.…She's thinking of something from her past or…maybe anticipating something that's going to happen.…But basically, she's in her thoughts.…Now, one thing you need to pay special attention to with eyes is…how the iris connects to the outside edge of the eye.…
Now, by this I mean this little area here.…Now, in this particular case, the iris is connected to the outside edge of the eye.…
- Understanding the role asymmetry plays in facial expression
- Conveying basic and mixed emotions
- Planning shots
- Blocking out timing
- Reading dialogue
- Animating lip sync
- Adding blinks and eye movement
Skill Level Beginner
1. Facial Anatomy and Emotion
2. Animating a Silent Shot: The Double Take
3. Animating Dialogue
4. Animating a Full-Body Shot Containing Dialogue
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