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Getting Started with Character Design & Animation

Every awesome, adorable and our favourite cartoon characters are inspired by one idea and one idea alone. A character sketch is a quick rendering of your character. You must ask yourself questions about your character. Only you can answer those questions. Animation is the process of making the illusion of motion and change.

Character Design and Animation

Step1: Sketching

Character design comes in many styles, but they all start with the rough sketch.Think of a character sketch as the rough draft of your character. It’s a place where you can freely experiment.Creating fascinating characters is a process of getting to know them. Sketching the detailing of shadings and effective shadows of your character will be so helpful to digitalize your character. Sketching will be very useful to make your character more expressive.

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Step2: Digitalization of character

Digitalization of character is the most important step of your character designing. In this step colors will be added, effective shades and lights will be added which make your design more clear and appealing.You can do your digitalization with a Wacom tablet, Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

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Step3: Walk Cycle of Character

It’s time to give movement to your character. A walk cycle is a series of frames or illustrations drawn in sequence that loop to create an animation of your moving character. The walk cycle is looped over and over, thus having to avoid animating each step again. Making smoothness of walk cycle will help you to stop showing that there are frames which are repeating over, again and again.

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Step4: Animation

The final step will be animation of your character where you finalize objects of walk cycle and make a perfect sequence of it and animate it.
Character animation is a series to quickly display your character positions in order to form a vision of the images being animate. You can create your character animation in many unique ways.

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I hope my article on character design and animation may help you to design your favourite character. Aspiring game designers at Yudiz Solutions Pvt. Ltd. follows these steps for character design and its animation because..

Hiren Gajjar

Hiren Gajjar | 2D Game Graphics Artist

Hiren Gajjar is the lead 2D game graphics artist at Yudiz Solutions Pvt. Ltd. - a leading mobile game design and development company. He loves to share 2D graphics tips and tricks to create clean and intellectual graphics.

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