12 Principles of Animation in Maya

The 12 principles of animation are the tools animators need to master in order to create great animations. If you're struggling with your animation and can't figure out how to improve, this course is for you. Software required: Maya.
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(23)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 3, 2017
Duration
3h 31m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(23)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 3, 2017
Duration
3h 31m
Description

Have you ever imagined incredible scenes of animated characters, but you struggle to get your animation to match what you see in your mind? In this course, 12 Principles of Animation in Maya, you'll learn how to improve the quality of your animation. First, you'll explore the foundation principles to understand how to design movements that have acceleration, deceleration, and believable trajectories. Next, you'll discover intermediate animation principles that focus on performance and body mechanics. Finally, you'll dive into advanced animation principles that focus on presentation, communication, and design. When you've completed this course, you'll not only have a more thorough understanding of the 12 principles of animation, but also how to apply them as solutions to problems you encounter in your own work. Software required: Maya.

About the author
About the author

Brett has been drawing cartoons since he was a kid, and chose to pursue a career in 2D animation. After working for several years on Flash animated projects, like Atomic Betty and Wow Wow Wubbzy, he transitioned into CG animation. Experience has taught him to keep learning and adapt to new mediums. He's been teaching animation for over ten years now, and loves bringing characters to life.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, I'm Brett, and in this course we'll be examining the 12 principles of animation in Maya. Have you ever wondered why your animated characters aren't moving the way you imagined? Why do the movements lack energy or, wait, is there a trick to making your animation feel more believable? Why is it hard for the audience to read the action that you've animated? How can you identify what needs to be fixed in your animation? These are all problems that animators struggle with. And the 12 principles of animation are the tools that were discovered during the golden age of animation. Thankfully these principles were shared, documented and passed on for future artists to learn from. You'll start with the foundation principles of animation, then move on to more advanced principles as you move through the course. Just like dance or music, animation is a verb. You can watch videos and read books, but only by doing can you really understand. By the end of this course you should be able to describe the 12 principles of animation and be able to apply them to your work. I highly recommend that you complete the demos in this course to practice applying these principles.