In this course, I will teach you how to design and animate 2-D game characters in the simplest, clearest way possible. You will get an over the shoulder viewpoint of my actual workflow from start to finish.
By the end of the series, you will be able to build modular game characters that allow for an unlimited amount of movement and poses needed for most game characters. You will learn how to create expressions and switch them out depending on what actions the characters were taking.
In this course, you will learn:
Always start with the end in mind!
In this course, you will not only learn how to animate 2-D game characters, but I will also teach you how to design characters for multiple screen sizes. Screens are now smaller than ever, and not everyone plays games on a TV, so is essential that we maximize the screen real estate so the main character stands out as they should.
We will also touch on simple color theory so we can create a color scheme for the character that works well with his environment. We will design the character in specific proportions that will allow for the most readability and clear understanding of what the characters capable of as soon as the player sees and interacts with the character.
We will then move on to a basic walk cycle building off the momentum from the simple jump animation we just finished creating. The methodology I'll be using for these lessons is that we make a solid foundational animation, then overlay our secondary animation over the foundation, this ensures that the core animation is complete and we don't get bogged down with details too early.
I have more than ten years experience working with character designs, illustrations, and game art. I specialize in digital painting, vector art, 2-D animation, and concept art. I will break down the creative process for you in easy to follow and digestible steps, that will allow you to apply your newfound skills immediately.