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The techniques in this lesson could apply to any animation software, but your instructor uses Adobe Flash, a multimedia and software platform used for authoring vector graphics, animation, games, and apps. Export your content in full high-definition video and audio — even from complex timelines or script-driven animations — all without dropping frames.

Your Instructor

Conan Sinclair is a professional animator and illustrator, and one-half of the team at SIN ARS STUDIOS, a small independent game development studio located in Victoria, Australia. For freelance inquiries, you can contact Conan through his website, Sinars-Studios.com.

Head Animations.

The first course on tradigital animation (using traditional skills in a digital environment) focuses entirely on head animations: movements, turns, flexibility, dialogue, etc. This four hour course is divided into five parts, outlined below:

  • Part 1 - The Basics. This first lesson covers basic animation techniques applicable to any program you choose to animate with, but Conan does spend some time early on teaching a few of the tools within Flash that he will be using throughout this series of lessons.
  • Part 2 - Head Turn Animations. Learn how to do a head turn animation, starting with two key poses, then work with timing, ease-in and out's, and in-between frames.
  • Part 3 - Flexibility. Learn how to get more flexibility in your animation when going from one keypose to another.
  • Part 4 - Lip Syncing. This part covers dialogue animation using mouth shapes (or phonemes) and then the instructor brings in an audio file to sync an animation to.
  • Part 5 - Cleaning Up. This last part teaches how to clean up your animation, paint in a more polished, professional look to your frames, then include Layer effects to add a variety of styles to your final piece.

Body Mechanics.

In this second tutorial, your instructor will be tackling body animations. The six hour course is divided into the following parts...

  • Part 1 - Body Mechanics Basics. This lesson teaches the basics of how to make your body animations look real. In the cartoon world anything is possible, but there's still some "rules" to play by. You can't have joints bending every which way, and that's one of the things this part looks into. The second half of this lesson teaches a simple animation exercise by making a body move from one side to another.
  • Part 2 - Jumping. This part teaches how to animate a realistic jump, which is a great movement exercise to get an appreciation for weight.
  • Part 3 - Sitting and Standing. Think about how often a character on TV gets up or sits down in a scene. In your own animations, you'll find this a useful exercise to add some movement to a scene where your characters might otherwise only be talking.
  • Part 4 - Walk Cycles. The next few lessons focus on every animators favorite (or possibly most dreaded) sequence: the walk/run cycle. Conan teaches his method of breaking these down into four manageable key poses, which he then adds in-betweens to.
  • Part 5 - Run Cycles. Runs are similar to walks in that you'll learn to create four key poses of the cycle, but this time with a bounding motion to it, and the faster the run, the more of a lean is added to the character.
  • Part 6 - Advanced Movements. This final lesson converts our side view cycles into front view and three-quarter view cycles, which can be a real test for new animators. Conan also teaches a walk cycle with a "double bounce" movement.

Animation examples from the course...

Below you can view exported movies from the projects actually taught in the course. As always, your purchase includes the instructor's source files...

Preview Videos

Below you can watch two lengthy previews from our Tradigital Package. After your purchase, you can download every video to your computer to watch anytime.

The Tradigital Animation Package. Ten hours total.

Only $35. Download these videos directly to your computer. Includes source files and free updates. You'll be notified by email whenever there's an update to either the course or collection of source projects. Redownload access is always granted for our products.

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