Character Animation and Expression with Maya

A course by Sagar Arun
Animator. Pleasanton, United States.
Joined April 2021
, Animator

Discover the fascinating world of animation by learning its key principles and creating an animated character filled with emotion

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  • 472 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Discover the fascinating world of animation by learning its key principles and creating an animated character filled with emotion



  • 100% positive reviews (13)
  • 472 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 19 lessons (4h 6m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course


“If you’ve ever seen an animation where it makes you laugh or feel a certain emotion, that means the animator is doing their job really well.”

Evoking emotion and reaction from viewers is at the heart of animation. With names like Frozen 2 (2019) or Spirit: Untamed (2021) under his belt, renowned animator Sagar Arun is an expert in creating characters brimming with personality.

In this course, Sagar teaches you the fundamentals of animation and how to apply them to your work using Maya. Learn how to create an expression test with a character of your own design, and bring their emotions to life.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Animation Fundamentals in Maya and Character Creation
  • U3
    U3. Preparing a Character Expression Test
  • U4
    U4. Creating an Expression Test
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet Sagar Arun, California-based animator, and your teacher for this course. He shares his creative journey through the world of animation, and valuable lessons he learned along the way. Hear about his influences and his sources of inspiration.

Dive into animation fundamentals by exploring robust tools in Maya and how to use the channel box, graph editor, and Tween Machine to successfully animate a bouncing ball. Then, see how to keep building on your ball bounce animation by adding a tail using overlap. Sagar then goes through the 12 animation principles, and how to apply them to your creations.

Next, come up with a fun set of emotions for your character, and create a set of thumbnails. Prepare your sketches for an expression test to map out the different emotions of your character. Learn how to use a character rig to manipulate their facial features.

Time to start animating! Start with the first part of the expression test: blocking. Learn to make the key storytelling poses and set them in motion. Sagar teaches you how to keep your animation entertaining and filled with texture. Discover how to spline your animation step-by-step to make it look smooth and polished. To finish the course, Sagar shows you how to present your expression test in the most professional way.

What is this course's project?

Create an expression test with a character rig using the animation tools in Autodesk Maya

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at anyone passionate about animation who wants to create an entertaining and appealing character.

What you need

Basic understanding of Autodesk Maya is required.

To take this course, you need access to a computer with Maya installed and a character rig.


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Sagar Arun

A course by Sagar Arun

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Sagar Arun is an animator based in Northern California. He received a degree in computer animation from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2018. After working with a group of friends on a fan project for Avatar: the Last Airbender, Sagar’s animation abilities received wide recognition. He has created animations for Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Although Sagar’s career began just a few years ago, he has already created animations for a number of high profile films such as Frozen 2 (2019), Over The Moon (2020), Overwatch (2020), The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021), and Spirit: Untamed (2021) He is also currently animating for the video game industry.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Animation Fundamentals in Maya and Character Creation

    • Maya Tools 1
    • Maya Tools 2
    • Ball Bounce Fundamentals 1
    • Ball Bounce Fundamentals 2
    • Adding a Tail 1
    • Adding a Tail 2
  • U3

    Preparing a Character Expression Test

    • Idea Creation and Thumbnails
    • Introduction to a Character Rig
  • U4

    Creating an Expression Test

    • Blocking 1
    • Blocking 2
    • Blocking Plus 1
    • Blocking Plus 2
    • Spline 1
    • Spline 2
    • Polish 1
    • Polish 2
    • Presenting a Playblast in Maya and Exporting
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Character Animation and Expression with Maya

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Character Animation and Expression with Maya. A 3D, and Animation course by Sagar Arun

Character Animation and Expression with Maya

A course by Sagar Arun
Animator. Pleasanton, United States.
Joined April 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (13)
  • 472 students