Hey all, I’m TianWei and have been using blender for one or two years now. I haven’t touched much animating because it feels so big and hard to me. Can I get some tips or suggestions from pros how to begin learning? When I say animation I’m also talking about rigging.
First stop - do the Gus tutorial in Blender help:
Then go to www.CGCookie.com and pick up some of the basic tutorials.
The start a SIMPLE project.
Then ask here when you get stuck…
Clock gives sound advice!
While rigging and animation are closely related (you can’t really do any character animation without a rig), they are really 2 separate things. Rigging a character (and when I say character, I mean anything you animate: lamp post, a flower, a pencil, a minecraft character), is an art of it’s own. It takes a bit of time to learn it, to learn all the various methods to control a character with a rig. It’s a bit of a deep subject.
Animation is also an art. Key poses, timing, anticipation & follow thru, and the 12 principles of animation are all important to learn as well, but not really related to rigging. Also a bit of a deep subject, giving life to a banana or a cell phone can take time to learn.
Knowing at least a little of both is necessary. For animation practice, look for bouncing ball tutorials, get a bouncing ball rig, and animate. To learn rigging, there is a user favourite set of rigging videos on youtube called Humane rigging. I’ve not watched them, but I think the first video shows how to create a bouncing ball rig.
I’ve watched them and it is a bouncing ball first up.
Good advice as ever Randy.