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Science of Character Animation (Complete Version)


Release date:2019, December 16

Author:Markus Magnusson

Skill level:Beginner


Exercise files:Yes

Get as much life as possible out of your 2d characters with this all-encompassing course into the fascinating world of Character Animation. Markus will cover tonnes of classical animation and character design principles. He will also share his unique techniques gained throughout his long experience of a professional animator and motion graphics designer.

The Struggle is real
Characters are too complicated

A character is a complex system of limbs, body and other parts. And it’s extremely hard to handle all of this at once. Usually you don’t know what to animate first, what kind of dependencies exist between all of the body parts, each step of the animation process just confuses you even more.

But we will give all the necessary knowledge to understand what to start with, what to do next and even where and when you should stop in animating characters.

Something is wrong with my character’s moves

Your character is moving like he has just run away from hospital long before making a complete recovery? Not satisfied with the result and can’t understand why?

In this course you will learn all the essential fundamentals that will allow you to heal your characters from past diseases and let them enjoy this beautiful life you’ve just brought them into!

How to prepare illustration for animation?

You have just drawn the character, imported it to After Effects and here we go… Splitting it into new layers again and again, going back to illustrator and sorting out it in a new way. OMG, is there any rule of thumb?

Sure, there are a bunch of principles you should know and apply while preparing your character for animation. You will be taught all of them.

My characters don’t look awesome

Decided to do a real cool shot for your portfolio but even static characters already don’t look good?

Keep calm, this course will show you not only how to organize illustrator layers but also how to design characters so that they are easier to animate and are still as charismatic as you want them to be.

Rig doesn’t work as I planned it to

Alright, you imported the character to After Effects, and the first thing you decided to do is to rig the limbs. But when you started animating you realized that this rig doesn’t work for your particular case and it’s time to redo it all over again.

This course also touches upon the topic of rigging. So, you will definitely know what exactly, at which stage and in what way should be rigged.

Table of Contents

Lesson 01 – character design part 1 – blocking out a character
Lesson 02 – character design part 2 – adding details
Lesson 03 – character posing part 3 – dynamic character posing
Lesson 04 – character design part 4 – facial expressions
Lesson 05 – master the story
Lesson 06 – character tool tutorial
Lesson 06 – setting up for animation part 6 – rigging the character
Lesson 07 – animation techniques part 1 – key animation techniques
Lesson 08 – animation techniques part 2 – key animation techniques
Lesson 09 – part 1 – animation techniques part 3 – secondary motion
Lesson 09 – part 2 – animation techniques details
Lesson 09 – part 3 – animation techniques details
Lesson 10 – animation – nice walk cycles
Lesson 11 – animation – energetic run cycles
Lesson 12 – animation – pose to pose
Lesson 13 – animation – facial expressions & lip sync
Lesson 14 a – animation – acting & timing
Lesson 14 b – animation – hand animation & gestures
Lesson 15 final – animation finalize your masterpiece

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  1. Your site is the best thing that has happened to my learning in recent years, all the courses I dreamed of doing and couldn’t for financial reasons are here. Never learned so much before. Thank you so much, God bless your life.

  2. Thanx a lot dude!!!! I love u!!! <3 <3
    Could u please add Logo Animation in After Effects?

  3. Thank you so much for this strawberry.
    Can we have photoshop 101 301!
    From phlearn?
    You uploaded already Retoushing 101 301 which is fireee.
    We arr waiting for the photoshop one.
    Thank you so much!

  4. First of all THANK YOU, I haven’t had money to buy courses but wanted to find good resources somewhere and this has been a life saver, really! It seems that a lot of the videos of this course are corrupted.

  5. Hey @straberry first of thank you thank you thank you! Just found this site about 4 days ago and WOW. I made my contribution already keep it up, and also just the first 2 videos of this course work, hopefully they can be fixed before my premium runs out, but anyway already been very helpful. CHEERS

  6. Everytime I try to download, I get a message saying ‘might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.’

  7. Hey Strawberry

    A BIG thanks for the courses you are posting.

    It truely helps me as a student!

    Sorry for being greedy but can you see if you can add: Motion Practice with Ben Marriott from Motion design school
    Thank you again

    LINK :

  8. 🙁 i cant download or see none more. The media file say that “You have reached the maximum permitted downloads in the last 24 hours.” but i dont downloaded nothing. Help me please, i would like to finish the course. Thanks for the amazing job.

  9. HI!!

    Firstly, thanks for this!

    Secondly, when i try to unzip the ‘Motion Design School – Science of Character Animation – FILES.7z’ file, it’s an error everytime.

    Is this file even important? Do i need it or the videos enough?


  10. Hey strawberry
    Thank u for the course.
    Can u upload 101 301 photoshop by phlearn.
    Thank u so much

  11. You can upload this course Thanks you so much

  12. lesson 9 part 1 and part 2, corrupt
    lesson 9 part 1, just can downloaded 1.264 kb
    lesson 9 part 2, just can downloaded 804 kb
    could you upload again, please

  13. Please any one tell me what is the secret word Science of Character Animation .so can i join the Secret group of facebook .i can’t find the Secret of Science of Character Animation introduction video so plz tell me if anyone know the secret word.

  14. Hi thanks for this awesome website of yours. If you do not mind can you upload learnsquared motion graphics course I’m begging you to upload this please

  15. Hello Strawberry!
    I really congratulate you on the content of your website … I was searching this course all over the web until I found you.
    Thank you so much for sharing it!!!
    Is it possible to update the links since they were all removed?

  16. Hello, thank you for posting stuff like these, in this particular case, the links are down, is there any way you can fix them o repost them? Thanks in advance

  17. all links: “File has been removed due to copyright issues.”
    can you reupload this course again? thanks

  18. Hello Admin

    Hope you’re doing well.
    This course has been removed due to copy right issue. Please do me a favor. if you have the chance to re-upload this course please do it.
    Stay Safe.
    Thank you

  19. hey bro , all the files seems to be removed due to copyright issue, can you upload again please? or upload in telegram? I have completed 6 lessons from your previous post and eagerly waiting to complete the rest, and also thank you for providing those 6 courses which I couldn’t find anywhere else <3 will surely donate when ever I can

  20. Admin
    Thanks, it’s now working.
    For your kind information
    Please upload the “Animated Loops with James Curran Free Download” Motion design course.
    Excuse me if I said something wrong.

  21. Hello Brother, I hope u are doing good, The links are not working any more, I hope they will be fixed soon 🙂

  22. hi guys your telegram is not workking and the above course has also been removed can u please re upload this …please

  23. Can you please add this course(12 principles of animation in cartoon animator 4)

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