Midweek Motivations: The illusion of life

Midweek Motivations: The illusion of life

Right now I’m taking an animation course from Greyscalegorilla, covering many of the principles covered in this video. We’re only in week two, but it’s all very interesting so far! I’m also sharing a few links to items that make animations easier for artists, one for Maya, one for After Effects, and one for Cinema 4D.

The illusion of life from cento lodigiani on Vimeo.

Centro Iodigiani also has a GIF gallery so that you can see all of the 12 principles at once. View the 12 Principles of animation GIF gallery.

Resources for animation

If you’re creating animation with After Effects, Cinema 4D, or your application of choice, here are some things that will help you create lifelike or cartoon-like movement in your characters, text, shapes, etc.

Anzovin Breakdown ToolAnzovin Breakdown Tool for Maya

Tweening with style!

A “pose-to-pose” approach to animation has become the best method to animate emotive CG characters, as CG animators learn to adapt technique, from the rich history of traditional animation. Our Anzovin Breakdown Tool provides unique functionality for creating new “breakdown” poses in between the character’s key poses, making pose-to-pose workflows fast and fluid.

Anzovin Breakdown Tool works with Maya 2011 and newer versions on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines.

Anzovin Breakdown Tool is no longer available at Toolfarm


Joysticks n SlidersJoysticks n Sliders for After Effects

Pose-based rigging system for After Effects with limitless applications

Joystick controllers are commonly used in 3D character rigging for facial animation. With this tool, you simply set five consecutive keyframes to represent your origin, right, left, top, and bottom extremes. With those layers selected, you can instantly create a joystick controller on the stage that will interpolate between those extremes appropriately.

Learn more about Joysticks n Sliders

Ace5Studios 5ManAce5studios 5Man

5 Man – CINEMA 4D Rigged Character + Bonus Pack

CINEMA 4D Controllers, Video tutorials, and Plenty of Additional items. “I spent a lot of time making this guy look nice, feel nice and deform nice, so that you don’t have to.” – Aleksey

Controllers IK – FK – The rig is light weight, and pretty simple, so you can get into the animating without getting lost in all the controllers, everything is on screen and easy to grab.

Note: 5Man is no longer available at Toolfarm

Adobe Character Animator

Adobe Character AnimatorDon’t forget, Adobe users also have Adobe Character Animator for After Effects. Adobe Character Animator is part of Adobe After Effects and is included in Adobe Creative Cloud. Character Animator lets you animate characters you create in Illustrator or Photoshop by acting out their movements in front of a webcam.  Learn more.

Here’s an article about how the creators of The Simpsons used Adobe Character Animator for a live episode:

News: Woo Hoo! The Simpsons TV Show and Adobe Make Live Animation Television History


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Posted by Michele Yamazaki