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Animation Fundamentals: Animating a Ball Bounce

by Mark Masters

In this animation fundamentals tutorial, we'll learn about timing and spacing. These principles are some of the most important principles for any animation. Software required: Maya 2016.

What you'll learn

In this animation fundamentals tutorial, we'll learn about timing and spacing. These principles are some of the most important principles for any animation. We'll start out this course by learning why timing is crucial for making your animation appear believable. We'll also learn how it's used to embody a character with more personality, a thought process and emotion. Then we'll dive into spacing and learning how important it is for making your animations realistic and appealing. We'll take what we've learned and apply it to one of the most vital animation exercises: the bouncing ball animation. While a bouncing ball may seem simple, there's a lot of important techniques and principles to learn from this exercise. Although we'll be using Maya in this course, you'll be able to transfer the information to your preferred 3D program. By the end of this course, you'll have a solid understanding of principles and techniques used to create great 2D and 3D animations. Software required: Maya 2016.

About the author

Mark started out with an interest for animation at a young age, and it eventually transformed into a passion for the subject. Mark made an impact on the industry quickly, working for Pluralsight (Digital-Tutors) as an Animation and Rigging Instructor. After his time at Pluralsight he joined Steelehouse Productions as a 3D Animator where he currently works. Apart from that, he’s had several pieces published in 3D Artist Magazine. For Mark, there’s always something new to be learned in the world o... more

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