Getting Started in 2D Game Animation
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Getting Started in 2D Game Animation

Learn how to create 2D game animations with the free powerful character animation tool 2D Nima
4.5 (51 ratings)
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2,869 students enrolled
Created by McCoy Buck
Last updated 5/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of the course you will learn how to take the downloadable character provided and create a walk cycle in the free 2D animation software Nima.
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Requirements
  • This course has NO prerequisites, it is for those just getting into 2D game animation
Description

Welcome to Getting Started in 2D Game Animation a course designed specifically for those new to animation and the powerful free 2D Character Animation Tool, Nima.

We designed this course to be as easy to understand for a beginner, while at the same time making it a no fluff, step by step course that you can start following and getting results right away.

In order to best help the students taking this course we created a Facebook Group/ Community for students to ask questions, share their results, and talk to other fellow users of Nima.

You're first going to start off by learning about the home of Nima, www 2dimensions com, how the platform works, and what you need to do to quickly set up an account and get started. 

Included with this free course is a free downloadable - game ready character that was created in Photoshop, don't worry though you are not required to know or own Photoshop to use the character. 

From there you will learn how to take your downloadable character and rig your character - that is - add bones to your character. 

Once the bones are connected or bound to the character we will start to animate the character

One of the most important animations we will start with - that is vital for all 2D game animations - is what's called a walk cycle - a walk cycle is a simple looping animation of the character walking. 

Right now, for this course we will only focus on how to create the walk-cycle. In future courses we will focus on how to create a run animation, death animation, jump animation, and many more animations that you would typically see in a 2D game. From there we will take all those animations we created and make your first ever 2D game, using Unity.

I hope you enjoy this free course!

Best regards, 
McCoy Buck

Who is the target audience?
  • Do you want to learn how to make animation for 2D games? This course is for you!
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
01:46:56
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Before you begin
3 Lectures 04:49
Getting Started in 2dimensions
02:10

Facebook Group: Get Help & Staying Motivated!
02:30

Link to the group
00:09
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Import and rig your character
10 Lectures 52:10
Free Downloadable Character Space Kid
00:08

Getting started in NIMA
07:19

Adding Bones to your character
05:31

Root bones vs. Regular Bones
05:38

Hierarchy Panel
05:14

Parent to Child Relationships
10:06

Forward and Inverse Kinematics
04:26

Bone Parenting
07:21

IK Targets
06:16

Share your progress!
00:11
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Animating your character
8 Lectures 50:01
Getting Started with the Animation
05:21

Animating Contact Poses
06:20

Animating Passing Positions
03:19

Animating In-betweens
07:44

Animating Up and Downs
09:54

Animating the Arms
09:37

Finalizing the Animation
07:26

Share your final animation
00:20
About the Instructor
McCoy Buck
4.5 Average rating
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9,822 Students
5 Courses
Animator - Associate Producer - Best Selling Instructor

McCoy is an Associate Producer working from home at CLEAVER Creative Chicago based production studio. McCoy is a talented character animator, character designer, illustrator, storyboard artist and producer. With skills and experience in pre-production, production and post production he has done training videos for one of Google's biggest clients, Accenture and smaller businesses creating animation videos. Along with the skills of animation, one of the biggest things McCoy enjoys most is teaching and helping others become more proficient in the production process.