In this chapter we will look at animating a wave. I have chosen to do this because waves are driven by a fundamental energy pattern that exists in all the elements, the understanding of which will help us understand how to animate all of the other elements. Wave action is found everywhere in nature, whether it be water, fire, smoke, or grass blowing in the wind. Even character animators must understand the principles of wave animation, as it can be present in a character gesturing dramatically, or in the flow of a character’s hair or clothing.
One of the most common places where we see a wavelike motion occurring is in the ...