Fundamentals of Animation

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Fundamentals of Animation

Animation is more than just moving something from A to B. It’s about achieving the illusion of life. And just like in life, it’s not about where we’re going but how we get there. To be clear, this is not a character animation course. Rather it is a course that will teach you the essentials of how to put character into your animation.

Introduction

Watch this overview to understand what this course is all about!

Animation Tools

Blender offers several tools and editor types for managing your animations. Learn about the "how" in this chapter.

Animation Principles

Creating appealing movement is very much an art form. More than the "how", learn about the "why" in this chapter.

Rigging Retrospect

Rigging goes hand-in-hand with animation. In this lesson, Chris explains why rigging is such a crucial part of 3D animation.

Animation is more than just moving something from A to B. It’s about achieving the illusion of life. And just like in life, it’s not about where we’re going but how we get there. To be clear, this is not a character animation course. Rather it is a course that will teach you the essentials of how to put character into your animation.

Animation is intrinsically complex and its difficulty increases exponentially as you progress, so it’s vital that we get the fundamentals right. These fundamentals, while conceptually simple to understand, can be be quite difficult to achieve. Thus in these lessons we will use basic shapes like cubes and spheres that are pre-rigged so that we can explore animation principles like Squash & Stretch, Arcs of Motion, Overlap, and various other fundamentals of animation without being tied down to the technical constraints that would normally hold us back. We’ll even take a look at the principles behind creating the rigs of this course.

In short, we will discuss everything you need to bring your 3D creations to life!

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    eiriksvin put it very nicely and perfectly. You have the best idea, but your execution was extremely fast and I couldn’t follow. I found lots of other tutorials that they had the execution (slow and detailed, yet more more lectures), but were lacking your idea. I dying for video lectures that explains the fundamentals in a slow fashion. If you can, please make another series where you speed down, say from 60 words per second to 10-20 words per seconds, and explain the keys that you press. Thanks a lot.

    5 months ago

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    Hi Chris, I am new to Blender and 3D overall, coming from a 2D background. I have completed the Blender Basics course and I am wondering whether i could jump straight into your animation course next, as i am not interested in modelling or rigging. So my question is: would you recommend I take any course prior to yours, in addition to the Blender Basics course?

    1 year ago

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    Will subtitles be available soon?

    1 year ago

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    Chris, just in case you forgot, you are a pro and we are not. I understand you are not a teacher, so I’ll say thanks for trying. The goal of a tutorial is to give the viewer enough information to be able to use that info and become confident in themselves. Some of these tutorials left me feeling like I just got bowled over by a pro trying more to show off than clearly explain a given topic. Even with video controls, I often lost my sense of direction. I’m not trying to be mean, just honest.

    1 year ago

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      No worries, i get your frustration, unfortunately with these courses we have to work to a brief, 5 minutes is the target length of a video, and animation is inherently complex, so theres only so much i can do in that time, and obviously means i have to move fast. If you think it’ll help pm me, and we can setup a googlehangout and i can try and help tou through some stuff.

      1 year ago

      • Amazing reply! I’m floored. Chris, I fought the hard fight, and pressed on, watching and reviewing until I completely understood every thing you said. Now I feel like a jerk, humbled by the fact that you are a reasonable man. I posted that childish rant in haste, tried to remove it just moments after the post, and there is no way to remove it. Thank you for your understanding, and I’m sorry.

        1 year ago

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    Hi, Chris! Thank you for this tutorial, it definitely intrigued me about what I could do with animation! I’m not there yet; I’m still trying to do modelling in Blender as well as I can.

    I admit, I found some of your instruction really fast-paced, so sometimes I had trouble understanding, but overall I know much more than I did even last week! So thank you again. :)

    2 years ago

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      Glad you liked it, sorry i can be a bit fast.

      1 year ago

      • Oh, that’s fine! 😀 Thanks again for teaching the subject, it’s so helpful!

        1 year ago

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