3D Animation for Non Animators with Cinema 4D

A course by Zigor Samaniego
Illustrator and 3D Designer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined June 2009
, Illustrator and 3D Designer

Learn to create express animations for social media

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (288)
  • 6178 students

Learn to create express animations for social media

Zigor Samaniego, who you may know from other Domestika courses such as Express Introduction to 3D: From Zero to Render with Cinema 4D and 3D Lettering: Modelling and Texturizing with Cinema 4D, has been working as a 3D illustrator for many years and has built his own style that has been sought out by clients such as Prada, American Express, Nestlé, and Wired. During this time, Zigor has built his own ecosystem full of characters, many of them animated, who tell their own story and have already become a trademark.

These three-dimensional characters make constant appearances on his social media, helping Zigor show the world how he works. In this online course, he teaches you how to make the most of all the possibilities that Cinema 4D offers you to create 3D animations, simply and quickly, and that help you make your projects stand out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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What will you learn in this online course?

16 lessons & 18 downloads

Cloning modes
13 minutes, 28 seconds
Mograph effects I
16 minutes, 23 seconds
Mograph II effects
10 minutes, 28 seconds
Hard things
22 minutes, 21 seconds
Soft stuff
16 minutes, 38 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (288)
  • 6178 students
  • 16 lessons (3h 45m)
  • 18 additional resources (15 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Zigor proposes three projects: the first consists of animating hard and soft elements, for which he proposes "mistreating" a head; the second is animating a furry, dancing doll; and in the third, integrating an animation into a video recorded by you.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, designers, animators, and anyone with an interest in 3D, animation, and motion graphics.

Requirements and materials

It is necessary to have basic knowledge of Cinema 4D, After Effects, or any other video post-production program.

As for materials, you need a computer with Cinema 4D and After Effects. For the renders, Zigor uses Cinema 4D and Octane, but you can choose the one you like the most, since in this course the most important thing is the animation.

New to Adobe After Effects? In that case, we recommend taking Domestika Basics courses to learn how to use the software: Introduction to After Effects.


6178 Students
288 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Zigor Samaniego

A course by Zigor Samaniego

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Illustrator and 3D Designer

Zigor is an illustrator and designer specializing in 3D and graphics creation for video games. He has worked for well-known clients in the development of illustrations, graphics for games, advertising, and editorial image; However, some of his most recognized works are those that he does in a personal capacity and that make him stand out on social media.

In his portfolio it is easy to find all kinds of creatures, of all different shapes and textures, that roam freely in the bestiary, often animated, that he has been building throughout his impressive career.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Mograph module

    • Cloning modes
    • Mograph effects I
    • Mograph II effects
    • More module options + animate with Capuccino
  • U3

    Hard things, soft and dynamic things

    • Hard things
    • Soft stuff
    • Mini project: mistreating a head I
    • Mini project: mistreating a head II
  • U4

    Bailongo doll

    • Make the dancing doll
    • Render with Cinema 4D
    • Render with Octane
    • Putting everything together in After Effects
  • U5

    Track a video

    • Integration with real image
    • Editing with After Effects
  • FP

    Final project

    • 3D animation for non-animators with Cinema 4D

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates

    If you're a Plus member, get a custom certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

  • Watch professionally produced courses

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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.

You can redeem the course you received by accessing the redeeming page and entering your gift code.

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3D Animation for Non Animators with Cinema 4D. 3D, and Animation course by Zigor Samaniego

3D Animation for Non Animators with Cinema 4D

A course by Zigor Samaniego
Illustrator and 3D Designer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined June 2009
  • 99% positive reviews (288)
  • 6178 students