Character Animation Fundamentals in Blender By Beorn Leonard
This training series covers all the fundamentals of Character Animation in Blender. During this series, you will learn many of the fundamental skills that are essential for all character animators. This series makes use of both simple ball rigs and a complete character to allow you to really focus on what really matters, the animation. Some highlights of this series include fundamental exercises, timing and spacing, working with overlapping motion, animating walk and run cycles for film or games, understanding IK and FK, using the Grease Pencil for animation sketches, and much, much more! You can view the complete chapter breakdown HERE
This series makes use of a pre-built character named Clive, modeled by Jonathan Williamson and rigged by Beorn Leonard. Clive works as a great introductory character that lets you focus on the movement during animation, rather than a bunch of accessories and other items that would only distract away from the task at hand.
What you’ll learn
This training series takes you through many of the essential skills every character animation artist should know by heart. You will learn about timing and spacing, overlapping motion, squash and stretch for cartoon character animation. You will also learn how to animate walk and run cycles for film or games, be given an understanding of IK and FK constraints, including when and how to use them. Not only that, but you will also learn how to use the grease pencil for sketching out animation sequences and much more.
To see much of this in action, check out the video below by Beorn for a look at what he covers throughout the serie. It’s full of awesome! You can find complete details on what is covered, and view some sample training and animations from the series by visiting the full training page HERE
Who is Beorn?
Beorn is a very proficient Blender user best known for his work on Sintel, on which he did a large amount of character and creature animation. He also just recently finished working as part of the animation team on Happy Feet 2
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