Online masterclass by Fabien Rousseau

Wobbly Walking Pigeon

Wobbly Walking Pigeon

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Learn how to recreate this looped 3D pigeon walking cycle from Fabien Rousseau.

Student requirements:

Elementary knowledge of After Effects & Illustrator 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


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.


Prepare Layers & Setup Workspace

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


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 :)


Supercharge the Puppet Tool

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


Secondary Wavy Action

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


Frame-by-frame Walkcycle

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


Wrapping up & Finitions

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



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, twerk music and Legos. Trying my best to combine those with animation principles and bouncy loops!