Online masterclass by Fabien Rousseau

Fake 3D Walkcycles in After Effects

Fake 3D Walkcycles in After Effects

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Learn how to tame this pigeon from start to finish in After Effects. In this masterclass, we will be talkin’ about Faux 3D, Puppet Tool & a small dose of frame-by-frame animation. I will also guide you through some of my techniques, my workflow and custom expressions. Better keep this folk as wiggly as possible, right?

Student requirements:

Elementary knowledge of After Effects & Illustrator is required. Be sure to check the Fondamentals on After Effects Course before.

Minimum software requirements:

After Effects (CC 2019+) Illustrator

Masterclass lengths:

2 hours 30 minutes

The masterclass is online, so you will have access to it 24/7

Masterclass Curriculum

STEP 1

Shape the Character in Illustrator

Basic shapes, pen tool & a tiny bit of nonsense, that’s all you need for designing this peep! We will also use masks, pathfinding and a few other cool AI techniques.

STEP 2

Prepare Layers & Setup Workspace

Don’t rush straight into AE! A tidy workspace and good naming are the keys to be more effective. Let’s Marie Kondō this workflow (I assure you it’s fun).

STEP 3

3D Turn: Fake it!

Infinite round and round and round and round... Hacking 2D shape layers to get a 3D look requires some intricate knowledge, or not :)

STEP 4

Supercharge the Puppet Tool

It’s time to see the wobbly magic hidden behind this creepy function. Pin it, link it, offset it, these are some good ol’ tricks!

STEP 5

Secondary Wavy Action

We will see what a simple path animation can do for you. Meet your two new friends: Vertice and Tangent.

STEP 6

Frame-by-frame Walk Cycle

Okay, after all this warm-up, we are ready to punch some serious keyframes. And there will be a lot of them in this section. Let’s roll for cel-animation basics in AE.

STEP 7

Wrapping up & Finishes

You’d be surprised how simple finishes give another dimension to your design. I love shaking this screen, and you?

STEP 8

Bonus

Access 2 more project files to go deeper in the masterclass principles

Masterclass Tutor

Fabien Rousseau
Illustrator & Animator

Hi, 👋 I’m a freelance illustrator and animator from Brussels. With design & code background, I found my way to this amazing Mograph community. I like cooking spicy food, twerk music and Legos. Trying my best to combine those with animation principles and bouncy loops!

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