After Effects: Animate Your Character's First Steps

A course by Moncho Massé , Illustrator and Animator

Illustrator and Animator. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined June 2011

Design and animate your own character in After Effects, make them walk, and create a custom background

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (53)
  • 1373 students

Design and animate your own character in After Effects, make them walk, and create a custom background

A course by Moncho Massé

Want to bring 2D characters to life? Learn the process for animating your characters in After Effects alongside professional illustrator and animator Moncho Massé. This is Moncho's third Domestika course, so, if you haven't already, you might also be interested in taking Animation and Design of Characters in After Effects and Animation Techniques with 3D Effects in After Effects.

This time round, Moncho teaches you to use After Effects to make your character take their first steps. After familiarizing yourself with the software's interface, get straight to work designing and animating your protagonist! Moncho shows you how to create walk cycles, and even how to make your character run. To finish up, learn to animate more complex characters and how to export your work correctly. Now you're ready to animate anything!

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What will you learn in this online course?

20 lessons & 15 downloads

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (53)
  • 1373 students
  • 20 lessons (3h 44m)
  • 15 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create your favorite famous character in 2D and then make them walk and run.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to get started in character animation with After Effects or wants to build on their animation skills.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is necessary as your teacher explains everything from scratch, but basic notions of After Effects would make things a little easier. For materials, all you need is a computer with After Effects (you can use the free trial version).

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.


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Moncho Massé

A course by Moncho Massé

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Illustrator and Animator

Like a true '80s kid, Moncho grew up with his eyes glued to the screen, captivated by the creations of Toriyama, Miyazaki, Disney, and Cartoon Network, and his hands glued to his Nintendo and Sega controls. It is thanks to these influences that he developed his own personal motion graphics style.

After studying audiovisual communication and journalism at the University of Valencia, Spain, he worked as a video editor for a small agency in Amsterdam. It was there that he discovered his true passion for animation, which has led him to create motion graphics pieces for a wide range of clients and projects.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Introduction to After Effects

    • After Effects and its interface
    • Playing with shape layers 1
    • Playing with shape layers 2
  • U3

    Theory and animation of a walk cycle

    • Creation and design of a character 1
    • Creation and design of a character 2
    • Creation and design of a character 3
    • Character rig
    • Walk cycle: torso and head
    • Walk cycle: move those arms
    • Walk cycle: feet are the key
    • Walk cycle: the finishing touch
  • U4

    Animating a run cycle

    • Run cycle: torso and head
    • Run cycle: limbs 1
    • Run cycle: limbs 2
    • Run cycle: the finishing touch
  • U5

    Adding value to our project

    • Background creation and animation
    • Export
    • Complex shapes
  • FP

    Final project

    • After Effects: Animate Your Character's First Steps

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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.

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After Effects: Animate Your Character's First Steps. 3D, and Animation course by Moncho Massé

After Effects: Animate Your Character's First Steps

A course by Moncho Massé
Illustrator and Animator. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined June 2011
  • 100% positive reviews (53)
  • 1373 students