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How do you start learning 3D animation?

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How do you start learning 3D animation?

The same rule applies that you don't run before learning to walk, don't animate 3D Characters acting before learning the basics of animation. Follow this great piece of advise about what to do in your animation scenes, while learning to animate. Ready, here it is. “KEEP IT SIMPLE!” I did not originate this saying, but I use it all the time. Students always make their animation too complex. The industry wants to see simple animation done well, not complex animation done poorly.

"Don't animate 3D Characters acting before learning the basics of animation."

Everyone knows that the first exercise to master in animation is the bouncing ball. This is the most important animation exercise that you will every learn. Get a ball and watch it bounce. Film the action and watch it at full speed. Watch it slowed down and also 1 frame at a time. Record your observations on a piece of paper. How high does it go? How far does the ball travel? How many frames up and down? Then animate it in the computer. Not just once and then think that you are the 'Master of Bouncing Balls'. Everyone that animates for the first time thinks that their animation is great. Just because it is moving, does not make it good. Like everything that you do for the first time, your first attempt will not be very good. Do it again. Your second attempt will be better. Do it again. Your third version will always be the best out of the bunch. Each time show your work to someone that knows how to animate. They will be able to see the mistakes and tell you what to change to improve it.

First concentrate on getting the timing right. Is it moving at the correct speed? Is the ball slowing down properly? Don't just accept the action that the computer gives you. Take control and get the timing that you want. Add frames to slow it down and remove frames to speed it up.

Then adjust the timing for the changes in direction. This occurs at the extreme up and down positions. Remember, everything slows down when they changes direction. Objects also speed up while falling (remember gravity).

"All organic motions travel in arcs."
Last point that I'm going to make. Don't let your bouncing balls travel up and down in straight lines. All organic motions travel in arcs. So make sure your ball travels in an arced path of action.

You cannot learn animation instantly. Like everything, it takes time, patience and practise to learn how to do it well. That's what you have to do to start learning 3D animation.


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