Character Animation - Section 1

Indian Capital Technology Center

This course will introduce processes for the creation of TV quality character animation. Basic principles such as anticipation, follow-through, squash, stretch, extreme poses, in-betweens and character turnarounds will be discussed, all of which are necessary to create the illusion of life in both two-dimensional and 3D characters. Students will draw their own simple characters as well as acquiring basic knowledge of affordable animation software. Computers with Opentoonz software and interactive pen tablets will be available for student use during class time.

ICTC Instructor Artie Romero has 38 years of screen credits for producing, directing and animating TV shows, commercials, movies, games, web graphics and apps. He's the founder of ARG! Cartoon Animation Studio.

OpenToonz Tutorials & Other Resources

Please study these important video tutorials. They cover the use of OpenToonz software and basic principles of character animation. If you have a computer at home, you should download and install OpenToonz, and follow along with the tutorials to establish basic knowledge of our primary production tool. Yes, this program is totally free!

Maya Resources

Autodesk Maya is the software most commonly used for movie animation. It is "3D" in that what you see on the screen was not drawn, but rendered from primitive wireframe shapes covered with 2D textures. 3D is difficult to learn and the work in the industry is very specialized. Large teams of artists and technicians are required to produce modern 3D movie animation. Large art schools such as Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) offer certificates and degrees in Maya animation which take two to 4 years to complete.

Please note that ICTC has a license for the Autodesk Maya software that is in the computer lab, but if you wish to use this program on your own computer, you must purchase a subscription. For a free 3D animation program, choose blender, shown below.

Blender Resources

Blender is the totally free and unrestricted, open source 3D creation suite. Yes, it is totally free! It supports the entirety of the 3D pipelineómodeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline.

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