Character Design For Animation in Illustrator
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Character Design For Animation in Illustrator

Design Memorable Character With a Strong Personality and Learn How to Prepare them for Animation
4.6 (254 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
8,068 students enrolled
Last updated 6/2017
Price: Free
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will be able to express personality with your characters, using poses with a strong line of action
  • And you will be able to prepare your designs to be rigged in an animation software for cut out animation
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  • You need to know how to use Adobe Illustrator

You have an idea that you want to turn into animation, and now you want to create the characters that will move the story.

How do they look? Are they friendly? Aggressive? Stubborn?

You decide your character should look friendly, great! You draw what you have in your mind and you feel proud. Good for you. But what if what you designed gets criticized and people say “With that smile, it looks naughty, not friendly”.

Why? How can you make your characters communicate the personality you intent for them?

This is where this course will help.

In here you will learn the theory behind character psychology, how to make characters with a soul, with personality.

And not only that, but you will also learn how to communicate all those feelings and emotions through your designs.

You will learn how to establish different attitudes by using different shapes, you will understand the meaning of having round features, or pointy features.

And then, after you know the theory, we will practice the whole process of putting the character you have in your mind into paper, by first establishing a strong pose that communicates your character’s personality.

You will learn:

  • How to create memorable characters
  • The Theory behind character psychology
  • 4 Basic areas of personality that will make your character outstand all others
  • How to define attitude
  • The basics of concept art
  • Understand shapes and meaning

And then, once you have a memorable character with a strong personality, drawn on paper or on digital, what can you do with it?

Well, because this course was created with animators in mind, we added a whole section covering how to prepare your character in illustrator and make it ready for animation.

You will learn about the different angles needed to have what you need for your character, the importance of using a storyboard, and how to trace each part of the body so you have the character well connected and ready to be rigged in After Effects, or any other animation software you want.

We will dive deep, step by step in a tutorial that will guide you how to ensemble the Character Brad, part by part.

Learn how to design your characters and prepare them for animation.

Enroll now!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people interested in animation, who want to design characters and prepare them for animation
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
3 Lectures 06:33

This introduction talks about an overview of the course, and also how is it that some successful people are making a living out of this craft

Introduction to Character Design for Animation

This lesson provides the project files for you to follow along

Getting the Project Files

This lesson explains the secrets discovered in the 1930s by Walt Disney to make character memorable

How to Create Memorable Characters
Character Psychology
5 Lectures 14:41

This lesson talks about the how to develop the psychology for your characters

Character Development and Psychology

This is the second area of your characters personality, to decide if it’s a Sensing or an Intuitive character.

What grabs your character's attention?

This is the 3rd area of personality, to decide if your character is a Thinker or a Feeler.

How does your character make decisions?

This is the final and 4th area of personality. To decide how organized is your character, if it's a Judger or a Perceiver

How does your character organizes his/her world?

This lesson talks about defining the attitude of your character

Defining Attitude
Concept Art for Character Design
3 Lectures 11:08

This section talks about the different shapes and features that make a character interesting, and also how to have the correct shapes for the correct personality of your character.

Shapes and Meaning

This covers the different elements that influence the body of your character, the different body types.

Body Types

This is a little tutorial that takes you through the 4 steps of the character design process.

Character Design in Action
Explanation of a Character for Rigging
6 Lectures 20:47

This lesson presents you what you will be accomplishing after you finish the following tutorials

Example of a Character Ready in Illustrator

This lesson goes deeper to help you understand how each part of the body is connected and used in illustrator

Body Breakdown

This explains the different views of your character, frontal, side, 45, etc.

Symmetrical Character in 5 basic views

This lesson answers the question many animators have when the are about to start a project: How much work will it take to produce this animation?

Importance of Using a Storyboard in Production

This lesson was added specifically to tackle the number one problem in many of our students animations, the way the parts of the body are connected by joints.

Taking care of the Joints

This lesson wraps up this section and explains the process we will follow in the upcoming tutorials

Getting Ready
Tracing the Character
7 Lectures 42:59

This tutorial is the first of the section and tells you how to set up the image you are about to trace into different layers.

Preparing the Frontal View

This lesson covers how to trace the head and neck

Creating the Head and Neck

This lesson covers how to trace the upper torso

Creating the Upper Torso

This lesson covers how to trace the lower torso

Creating the Lower Torso

This lesson covers how to trace the hips

Creating the Hips

This lesson covers how to trace the arms

Creating the Arms

This lesson covers how to trace the legs

Creating the Legs
Setting Up for Replacement Animation
8 Lectures 36:27

This lesson will help you understand the importance of having multiple versions of the hands, or mouth, so you can do replacement animation

Replacement Animation Explanation

This lesson covers how to trace the hands

Creating the Hands

This lesson covers how to trace feet

Creating the Feet

This lesson covers how to trace mouths

Creating the Mouths

This lesson covers how to trace eyes

Creating the Eyes

This lesson covers how to trace eyebrows and nose

Creating the Eyebrows and Nose

This lesson covers how export the character so you can use it inside an animation software.

Exporting The Character

This is the bonus lesson, it will show you what can you do with your new acquired skill

BONUS LESSON: "What's Next?"
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With a background of 10 years in the film industry at Autumn Leave Films, and with over 30 short films produced to this date, we are a group of animators who love to share everything we know about animation, from pre-production, animation, to post production.

Our aim is to equip future animators with all the necessary techniques and tips to help them do better projects. Our courses will help beginners along with intermediate users.

We have helped more than 22,000+ students to discover techniques and all the knowledge they need to start animating their projects.