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Fundamentals of Character Animation: Locomotion

Course Summary

 Learn how to create walk, run, and skip animations that give your character style and subtly move the story along.

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    Course Syllabus

    •  Introduction
    • Welcome
    • Maya rig overview
    • C4D rig overview

    1. Animating Walk Cycles

    • Reviewing walk basics
    • Understanding walk cycles
    • Cycling the feet in a walk
    • Animating lower-body poses
    • Animating the spine in a walk
    • Overlap and follow-through in the arms
    • Putting on the finishing touches

    2. Refining Walks

    • Working with foot placement: Narrow steps
    • Working with foot placement: Wide steps
    • Modifying key poses to add personality
    • Starting a walk
    • Stopping a walk
    • Limps and injuries

    3. Animating Runs

    • Basics of a run
    • Lower body: Taking a leap
    • Lower body: Landing
    • Animating the spine and shoulders
    • Animating the arms
    • Animating the head

    4. Animating a Fast Run

    • Overview of a fast run
    • Start with the extended position
    • Animating the cushion position
    • Animating the stretch position
    • Finalizing a fast run

    5. Skips

    • Exploring the anatomy of a skip
    • Animating a skip: Foot placement
    • Animating a skip: Spine
    • Animating a skip: Arms
    • Animating a skip: Head
    • Conclusion
    • Goodbye

Course Fee:
USD 25

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3 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Digital Media & Games Community

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