Character Animation

Character Animation

Character design can be a tricky beast to tackle, because although many of the classic characters familiar to us all through cartoons, movies and advertising look simple, that simplicity usually belies the many hours of work that have gone into their development.

Make a Character Animation

  • Decide who it’s aimed at
  • Decide where it will appear
  • Research other designs
  • Make your character distinctive
  • Use line qualities and styles to describe your character
  • Use exaggerated characteristics
  • Choose colours carefully
  • Add accessories
  • 2D or 3D?
  • Give your character personality
  • Focus on facial expression
  • Give your character goals and dreams
  • Build up a back story
  • Experiment!
  • Make your character design flexible
  • Swap mouse for pen
  • Get feedback from others
  • Hone, plan and polish your design
  • Create the right environment for your character
  • Fine-tune your figure

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