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Creating Phonemes for Character Animation in Illustrator

by Alex Hernandez

In this series of tutorials, we will be creating a mouth chart for a character in Illustrator. This chart will illustrate visemes for 10 different phonemes. Software required: Illustrator CC 2015.

What you'll learn

In this series of tutorials, we will be creating a mouth chart for a character in Illustrator. This chart will illustrate visemes for 10 different phonemes. We'll start by creating the resting position for our character. To help with this, we'll use different layers so it'll be easier to isolate areas of our character. This'll also save time when importing into animation software. Next we'll begin illustrating the other sounds in our mouth chart like EEE and AH. Once we've created illustrations for each phoneme, we'll create artboards for each sound. Our artboards will simplify the process of compositing our drawings into other software programs. After finishing this Illustrator tutorial, you'll know how to create phonemes for your own characters. Software required: Illustrator CC 2015.

About the author

Alex is a motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Starting out his career in illustration and design gave Alex a firm foundation in the more traditional forms of art. As he refined his skills, he eventually was pulled into the world of motion animation, as well as product design. It was there that Alex was able to take his artistic skills to new heights and really develop himself as a well-rounded CG artist. Whether you need a better workflow for building website layouts, or a crash course in... more

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