Advanced Animation of 3D Characters

A course by Kike Oliva
Digital Character Animator. Vancouver, Canada.
Joined July 2017
, Digital Character Animator

Learn to bring your projects to life with realistic movements through the analysis of complex physics

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 93% positive reviews (82)
  • 2199 students

Learn to bring your projects to life with realistic movements through the analysis of complex physics

Animating a character is about much more than just adding movement, it is about giving it life, thoughts, and feelings. Kike Oliva has more than two decades' experience in VFX, advertising, video games, and film, and has worked in studios such as Pixar in Canada and Animal Logic in Australia.

In this online course, Kike takes you by the hand through the process of creating an animation shoot centered around the physics of movement. Discover a simple way to tackle an animation with complex movements and physics, and learn how to explore ideas, plan, execute, and polish your project alongside an industry-leading professional.

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What will you learn in this online course?

22 lessons & 5 downloads

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 93% positive reviews (82)
  • 2199 students
  • 22 lessons (5h 23m)
  • 5 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Advanced
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Apply everything learned during the course to animate a character performing different tricks in a skatepark.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Animators, designers, and anyone with an interest in improving their level of animation. Also to anyone who wants to discover the creative process of 3D digital animation alongside a professional.

Requirements and materials

Solid knowledge of animating in any 3D program is necessary; Kike uses Maya, but you can choose the software with which you are most comfortable.

You also need a computer with your preferred 3D software installed and a character modeled and rigged for animation.


2199 Students
82 Reviews
93% Positive ratings

Kike Oliva

A course by Kike Oliva

Teacher Plus
Digital Character Animator

Kike Oliva has over 20 years' experience in animation, having worked in areas as diverse as 3D animated feature films, video games, advertising, and VFX movies. His name appears in the credits of Amusement Park, The Legend of the Guardians, and The Little Prince, among many other productions. He has collaborated with studios such as Pixar Canada, Animal Logic, Ilion animation, The Frank Barton Company, Image engine, and more.

He combines his professional work with teaching, developing educational content in various animation schools such as Animum Animation School, Cice, and the University of UTAD.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Inspiration
  • U2

    Creating an idea

    • Exploring ideas to encourage I
    • Exploring ideas to encourage II
    • Search and selection of video references I
    • Search and selection of video references II
  • U3

    Layout and blocking

    • Preparation and layout of the scene
    • Blocking I
    • Blocking II
    • Blocking III
    • Blocking IV
    • Blocking V
  • U4

    Spline and refined: in search of fluidity and coherence

    • Spline I
    • Spline II
    • Spline III
    • Spline IV
    • Spline V
    • A little feedback does not hurt I
    • A little feedback is not bad II
  • U5

    Polishing and rendering: putting the final icing

    • Refined, taking care of the detail
    • Polished
    • Render and sound
  • FP

    Final project

    • Advanced animation of 3D characters

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Advanced Animation of 3D Characters. 3D, and Animation course by Kike Oliva

Advanced Animation of 3D Characters

A course by Kike Oliva
Digital Character Animator. Vancouver, Canada.
Joined July 2017
  • 93% positive reviews (82)
  • 2199 students