Playful Animated Character Design with Cinema 4D

A course by Alex Kiesling , Digital Painter, 3D Artist, and Animator

Digital Painter, 3D Artist, and Animator. Nueva York, United States.
Joined February 2020

Learn how to model, build, and animate engaging characters using the tools of Cinema 4D and After Effects

  • 100% positive reviews (29)
  • 1285 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to model, build, and animate engaging characters using the tools of Cinema 4D and After Effects

A course by Alex Kiesling

“I love the concepts of play and toys, and I think a lot about how to combine figurative imagery with playful characters that feel slightly abstract.”

His unique style is what has led digital painter, 3D artist, and animator Alex Kiesling to work with clients including Apple, Google, MTV, Adobe, and The New York Times. He also shares his work with over 45K followers on Instagram.

In this online course, he teaches you how to combine three-dimensional characters of your own with painted backgrounds, and animate them using Cinema 4D and After Effects. Learn to conceptualize and create a 3D-rendered creature in a looped scene from scratch. Are you ready to develop captivating animations that tell stories?

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What will you learn in this online course?

22 lessons & 24 downloads

Design Principles for Sketches
16 minutes, 48 seconds
Color Sketch
10 minutes, 15 seconds
Modeling a Character Base 1
12 minutes, 41 seconds
Modeling a Character Base 2
15 minutes, 57 seconds
Building a Drip Effect 1
20 minutes, 33 seconds
Modeling and Rigging Hands
18 minutes, 28 seconds
  • 100% positive reviews (29)
  • 1285 students
  • 22 lessons (5h 5m)
  • 24 additional resources (10 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Conceptualize and create a 3D-rendered creature in a looped scene.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in rendering playful animated creatures using the digital tools of Cinema 4D.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of animation is required.

In terms of materials, you will need a computer with access to Cinema 4D and a graphics tablet.


Reviews

1285 Students
29 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Alex Kiesling

A course by Alex Kiesling

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Digital Painter, 3D Artist, and Animator

Alex Kiesling is a digital painter, 3D Artist, and Animator born in Wisconsin, US. He first began exploring art in the early 2000s via Tumblr. He later went on to graduate from Rhode Island School of Design as an illustrator. While still in search of his style, he moved to New York City, and started his career working in a children’s app company. There he found an appreciation for art that was more playful and began growing a following on social media, which attracted clients. He later left his job to pursue his freelance work full-time.

Now, Alex works in editorial and advertising for commercial brands. He has worked for companies including Apple, Google, MTV, Adobe, and The New York Times, and shares his work with over 45K followers on Instagram.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparation

    • Finding Inspiration and Ideas
    • Design Principles for Sketches
    • Color Sketch
  • U3

    Character Development

    • Modeling a Character Base 1
    • Modeling a Character Base 2
    • Modeling a Character Base 3
    • Building a Drip Effect 1
    • Building a Drip Effect 2
    • Modeling and Rigging Hands
    • Animating the Character 1
    • Animating the Character 2
  • U4

    Lighting and Materials

    • Lighting the Scene 1
    • Lighting the Scene 2
    • Grainy Material 1
    • Grainy Material 2
    • Metal Materials
    • Final Adjustments
  • U5

    Compositing in After Effects

    • Compositing
    • Exporting Your Scene
    • Publishing and Clients
  • FP

    Final project

    • Playful Animated Character Design with Cinema 4D

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Playful Animated Character Design with Cinema 4D. 3D, and Animation course by Alex Kiesling

Playful Animated Character Design with Cinema 4D

A course by Alex Kiesling
Digital Painter, 3D Artist, and Animator. Nueva York, United States.
Joined February 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (29)
  • 1285 students