Chapter 12

Making It Move: Animating Your Character

It’s time to bring your character to life. In this chapter, you’ll be doing some simple animation to get your character moving. The techniques discussed represent the basics of creating animation in Autodesk® Maya® software. Whole books can (and have) been written about animation techniques. The information presented here will get you off to a good start.

  • Setting up Maya for animation
  • Animating your character

Setting Up Maya for Animation

Before you start animating your character, it’s a good idea to set up a few options in Maya that will make animating your character easier and more efficient.

Setting Key Tangents

There are as many ways to approach animating a shot as there are animators. ...

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