Animating a character blink properly can add personality and life to a character. Learn how to go beyond simply opening and closing the lids.
- Hi, I'm George Maystreet. … Today we're going to do a little bit of character animation, … and we're going to take a look at blinks. … Now blinks are one of the foundational fundamental things … that you need to learn as character animation, … and there are lots of little tips and tricks … that I'm going to show you in this movie. … Now, the first thing I need to discuss is, … a lot of times we'll blink a character, … when there is a change or a shift in that character. … The character's head turns, … he changes mood, … something like that, … and I like to think of blinks in that instance, … as punctuation. … It's a great way to end one part of the animation … and start another, … and a blink is a great transition into that. … It draws the audience into the character, … so that you see it. … Now, we also use blinks simply … to keep the character alive. … That the character never blinked, … it would look kind of like a doll. … So here I have a character that's not blinking at all, … and as you could see, nothing much is going on. …
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