Animating 3D Cartoon Characters in Blender

A course by Ulises Cervantes , 3D Character Animator and Artist

3D Character Animator and Artist. Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Joined July 2019

Learn to bring cartoon-style characters to life through their poses, gestures, and actions using fun and effective tools

  • English, Spanish
  • 97% positive reviews (107)
  • 5489 students

Learn to bring cartoon-style characters to life through their poses, gestures, and actions using fun and effective tools

A course by Ulises Cervantes

Acting is one of the most important tools in animation, as it reveals a character's thoughts and feelings through their behavior. In this online course, learn how to exaggerate actions and expressions to shape imaginary individuals and scenes that still fit within the realm of credibility.

Animator and 3D artist Ulises Cervantes teaches you how to bring cartoon-style characters to life in Blender, following the principles of acting. He shows you a fun and efficient approach to animation and how to amaze viewers through the movements and gestures of your characters in an animated take.

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What will you learn in this online course?

32 lessons & 28 downloads

Reference library
6 minutes, 27 seconds
Begining to work
17 minutes, 22 seconds
Optimizing rigs
11 minutes, 7 seconds
First Pass: Lina Comes to Life 1
17 minutes, 44 seconds
First pass: Goolock softens us 1
20 minutes, 11 seconds
English, Spanish
  • 97% positive reviews (107)
  • 5489 students
  • 32 lessons (8h 6m)
  • 28 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an animated take with 3D characters in Blender, applying the principles of acting.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in streamlining their animation processes, regardless of their style.
This course is also ideal for 3D artists who know how to work with Blender on a basic level, as well as artists who use other programs and would like to explore Blender with a simple and easy approach.

Requirements and materials

Basic notions of 3D programs are required to take this course.

In terms of materials, you need:

    - a notebook
    - a pen or pencil
    - a camera or smartphone
    - screenshot software
    - a media player or video program
    - blender 3.0 or later (you can download it for free from the website)

Reviews

5489 Students
107 Reviews
97% Positive ratings

Ulises Cervantes

A course by Ulises Cervantes

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3D Character Animator and Artist

Ulises Cervantes is a 3D character animator and artist from Mexico, currently living in Aguascalientes. He began his career in motion graphics and slowly transitioned to 3D, gaining a range of experience at different companies. He also spent a year at Bardel Entertainment in Canada working as an FX artist on Puss in Boots for Netflix. However, he always had his sights set on becoming an animator and finally achieved his goal when he joined Huevocartoon, where he helped create movies like Un Rescate de Huevitos and Un Gallo Congelado.

He currently works full-time as a freelance animator and collaborates with the US-based video game studio Secret Location, the Mexican advertising studio Ploop, and the Brazilian production studio Brape.
He also runs his own YouTube channel called Cebolla Skin and teaches online classes.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Create a performance in cartoon style

    • The Cartoon Style
    • Capture the essence of the characters and the story
    • Reference library
    • Our thumbnail sequence 1
    • Our sequence of thumbnails 2
    • 2D animation in Grease Pencil, timing test
    • Optimizing our physical and digital world
  • U3

    Bringing the characters to life

    • Begining to work
    • Optimizing rigs
    • First Pass: Lina Comes to Life 1
    • First Pass: Lina Comes to Life 2
    • First Pass: Lina Comes to Life 3
    • First pass: Goolock softens us 1
    • First pass: Goolock softens us 2
    • First pass: Goolock softens us 3
    • Second pass: Lina and Goolok, consolidating animation 1
    • Second pass: Lina and Goolok, consolidating animation 2
    • Second pass: Lina and Goolok, consolidating animation 3
    • Second pass: Lina and Goolok, consolidating animation 4
    • Second pass: Lina and Goolok, consolidating animation 5
    • Second pass: connecting the interactions with constraints
    • Third pass: polish and child element animation 1
    • Third pass: polish and child element animation 2
  • U4

    Scans, detailed and render

    • Detailing process and corrections 1
    • Detailing process and corrections 2
    • Browse toon options linearly, directly on keys
    • Explore non-linear options, using Animation Layers
    • Lighting, Render and Pipeline 1
    • Lighting, Render and Pipeline 2
    • Lighting, Render and Pipeline 3
  • FP

    Final project

    • Animating 3D Cartoon Characters in Blender

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Animating 3D Cartoon Characters in Blender. 3D, and Animation course by Ulises Cervantes

Animating 3D Cartoon Characters in Blender

A course by Ulises Cervantes
3D Character Animator and Artist. Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Joined July 2019
  • 97% positive reviews (107)
  • 5489 students