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
CertificationView course modules
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!Start Course Now
Creating a Cute and Simple Character
Creating a Cute and Simple Character - Learning Outcomes
A Few Tips On Creating A Simple & Cute Characters
Starting Your Animation
Continuing to add inbetweens
Wrapping up Animation
Creating a Cute and Simple Character - Lesson Summary
Adding Buffer, Colour and a Blink to Animation
Adding Buffer, Colour, and a Blink to Animation - Learning Outcomes
Adding Buffer or idle-ness
Adding in a background
Colouring Your Animation!
How To Export!
Bonus: Adding In A Blink
Adding Buffer, Colour and a Blink to Animation - Lesson Summary
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Explain the principle of animation
- Define a breakdown in animation
- Label layers and frames in toon boom harmony animation program
- Indicate the number of keyframes to ease in and out in animation
- Explain how to colour your animation character
- Identify the type of colour to use as a background
- List the steps involved in exporting your animation to a movie format
- Discuss favouring and pops in animation
- Explain how to add a blink to your animation character
All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Certificate course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Certificate course, you have the option to acquire an official Certificate, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certificate is:
Ideal for sharing with potential employers - include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning
Alison offers 3 types of Certificates for completed Certificate courses:
Digital Certificate - a downloadable Certificate in PDF format, immediately available to you when you complete your purchase
Certificate - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Certificate, posted to you with FREE shipping
Framed Certificate - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Certificate in a stylish frame, posted to you with FREE shipping
All Certificates are available to purchase through the Alison Shop. For more information on purchasing Alison Certificates, please visit our FAQs. If you decide not to purchase your Alison Certificate, you can still demonstrate your achievement by sharing your Learner Record or Learner Achievement Verification, both of which are accessible from your Dashboard. For more details on our Certificate pricing, please visit our Pricing Page.