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Animation Foundations Gesture


Release date:2016, September 20

Duration:01 h 19 m

Author:Andrew Gordon

Skill level:Beginner


Exercise files:Yes

What makes a great animated character? One key component is gesture. Gestures are how we express ideas or feelings through the body; creating natural gestures makes our characters feel believable. Directing animator Andrew Gordon, currently at Pixar, walks us through the principles of gesture in animation, from hand and facial gestures to whole body poses. He shows how to incorporate reference material, add physicality, and avoid clichés. In chapter 2, he’ll help you add polish to your animated scenes, making the poses cleaner and maximizing the character’s interaction with their environment. Plus, take two challenges to practice your acting and observation skills. This course is software-neutral and features reference footage of actors and examples from well-known films, as well as clips created just for the class.

Topics include:
What are gestures?
Cliché and illustrative gestures
Using reference for gestures
Gesturing with other body parts
Polish of gestures
Facial gestures

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