View Full Version : Character Animation Training?

01-31-2008, 01:30 AM
I'm looking for a fairly complete character animation training package.

So far the best looking package I've found is this:

Most books only seem to cover parts of the subject or non-human charcters.

I'm also interested in things like secondary motion, IE clothing, hair etc.

Does anyone have this DVD set? Is it too out of date for LW9? Anything better out there?

01-31-2008, 08:32 AM
Consider these DVDs as well: http://jefflew.com/

Really good stuff.:thumbsup:

01-31-2008, 01:53 PM
Sounds like a decent plan. Between the two sets it looks like a great jumping off point.

Anyone else have input on this?

01-31-2008, 11:02 PM
There is also Larry Shultz's Professional Character Series (http://www.3dtrainingonline.com)

02-02-2008, 11:11 AM
I have not seen the Desktop Images ones yet, but I can tell you that Larry Shulz's videos from Kurv Studios are always good (I have seen most of them). I have not done his Professional Character series yet, but I may. I have never even heard of the Jeff Lew ones, but they look pretty interesting and affordable. Has anyone else out there tried them?

02-02-2008, 11:17 AM
Do a search on this forum for another thread about CA. A bunch of people were espousing the goodness of the Jeff Lew DVDs. That's what made me decide to get them.


02-09-2008, 01:02 AM
Richard Williams' book Animator's Survival Kit is great for understanding character animation. Although rooted in drawn animation, Williams' classes are crowded with animators from the big CGI companies, because he gives a complete discussion of how timing and movement create character. Most beginners (and a lot of the rest of us) get too bound up in the workings of the software to step back and think about the really important stuff--how to tell a story through characters and make them come alive
Wow--I'm lecturing again! Well, check it out, anyway..
...(an old animation teacher)