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Tips for Creating and Animating a Cute and Simple Character

Learn the basic tips involved in creating simple and cute animation characters with this free online course.

Publisher: Diane Shaher
In this free online course, you will learn tips on how to create a simple, cute, and appealing character, as well as animating and looping the character to give a simplistic wave while blinking the eyes. The course is designed to bring to life and add some realism to the animated character. The course is easy and fun and would teach you some of the principles of animation such as easing in and out, drag, arcs, and appeal. Register today!
Tips for Creating and Animating a Cute and Simple Character
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    1.5-3 Hours
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This course teaches you tips for creating a simple and cute animation character with a blink and wave. The course will be inspired by a simple, cute character animation project using the toon boom harmony program. For the project, you will create a character that blinks while waving at the same time. This blinking and waving will loop continually. The essence of this course is to create some realism and bring the character to life. In the introductory section of this course, you will be introduced to the course instructor and her educational background. The course content and its significance to anyone interested in learning animation will be covered. Then, you will be taught how to create a simple, cute, and appealing character using any graphic design software. What to look out for and factors to consider when creating the character will be highlighted.

Next, you will learn how to enable the existing drawing to either animation or character format using the toon boom harmony animation program. Then you will study how to trace and retrace your character or drawing on to new keyframes. These keyframes will show the character’s neutral position, arms up and out. You will also be taught how to copy and paste frames using “paste special” on toon boom harmony so that when you modify the drawings it would not affect the first frame. Creating a breakdown drawing and in-between frames will be introduced in this section. Furthermore, how to add several in-between frames to the animation character so that the animation can ease in and out of keyframes to add cushion to the work will be covered. Thereafter, the focus will be on the waving arm of the animation character. Retracing the entire animation character to meet the current frame or movement without affecting the first drawing will be considered. Additionally, pops and favouring in animation will be discussed.

Furthermore, you will study how to create a buffer before the animation character waves to bring a bit of realism and liveliness to the character. How to use the “onion skin tool”, and creating multiple buffers will be highlighted. Then, you will learn how to add a background to your animation. Steps to change the background colour will be covered in this section. Also, this course will teach you how to colour your animation character and close lines using the “close gab tool” when colour bleeds during filling. Accessing the layers on the right side of the screen, as well as activating the linear strokes in toon boom harmony will be considered. Thereafter, the steps to export your animation from the toon boom harmony animation program to any movie format will be explained. A bonus video teaching you how to add blinks to your animation character will be considered towards the end of the course. This course will be beneficial to those studying animation, graphic design, or any related courses. It will also benefit those who want to improve their skills and understanding of animation. Enrol now, and start learning today!

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