Friday, December 14, 2012
With the guy more or less complete, I moved onto animating him. First was a lesson in facial movement. I did this very briefly before in an online lesson. Basically, I take my original guy and duplicate him a lot of times. Then on each one, I move just one part of the face. Here I just focused on the mouth so I moved each lip up and down, corners of the mouth up and down, etc.
Now I can link back all these faces to the original and I get a series of sliders to move different parts of the mouth. With that I can create different mouth movements. If I had made more duplicates where I moved the eyes and eyebrows and other parts of the face, you can see how I could use these sliders to make a wide range of facial expressions.