June 1, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How do Animated Characters find their Breath?

Personality. Yes. You see them all around us. I recommend taking sketchbooks where ever you go and seeing the gifts that are sitting in front of you at Starbucks. At the post office. At the gym.

It’s the imperfections that make us interesting. It’s the

imperfections that make us lovable. That make us human.

Even if it’s a anthropomorphic character symbolizing a

human trait. We connect with imperfections and a little of

what we aspire to be.

In designing those characters, bring that personality into it. The posture, the weight, the look in the eyes. Where is the energy directed?

Push it damn it. Find characters that you resonate with. Invite them over for lunch.

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2 Responses to June 1, 2011

  1. I find myself looking at almost everything I come in contact with and asking “How would my characters react to it?” It’s surprising how deep you can develop them, to the point that the characters themselves will tell you what they’re like.

  2. Great points Joe.

    It’s a shame that even with all the technological improvements over the years, people still forget about the simple things that make their characters great.

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