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Blender 2.5 Character Animation Cookbook by Virgilio Vasconcelos

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Animating a tennis serve

One of the nice things about being an animator is the chance to bring the illusion of life to different characters. These characters often don't have similarities with your own personality, but you have to study them and create appropriate movements in order to tell a story and make the audience believe what they see on the screen.

You don't need (although it may help if you are) to be a skilled martial artist to create a fight scene, or be a tennis player in order to animate a character playing tennis. What you really need is to look for good references and study the movements you need to create.

In this recipe we're going to animate our character making a tennis serve. Nowadays it's just a matter of browsing through a ...

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