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Free Animation Programs
Want to try before you buy, or looking for something simple but functional with no strings attached? Here's a list of various animation software packages available for download. Some are entirely free, some are shareware, some are free with limited functions (with more available after paying), and some are free trials that either expire after time or come with certain critical options disabled.
How Japanese and American Animation Differ
I'm not about to throw my towel in the ring over the fight between which is better, Japanese or American animation...but nonetheless, let's take a look at a comparison between the two and what makes them so markedly different.
Do You Know How Many Frames are in 1 Second of...
There are 8-frame walk cycles, 10-frame motion studies...but how many frames actually make up one second of animation?
10 Art Supplies no Traditional Animator Should...
If you're less of a digital animator and lean more towards the traditional, you've probably got a studio as cluttered as mine--and there are some supplies that you just can't live without.
How to Create a Basic 8-Frame Animated Walk-Cycle
The walk cycle is one of the most important animation techniques to master, but you can simplify it a bit in Flash even when drawing each individual frame, whether in whole or in part. This basic stick-figure walk-cycle demonstrates the basic ideas and discusses key concepts of figures in motion.
Should You Use the Free Version of Google...
As a 3D modeling program, Google SketchUp successfully unites principles of line drawing with 3D for a bare-bones program that lets you produce surprisingly complex 3D artwork.
What's the Difference Between AutoCAD and Other...
CAD programs seem like just another type of 3D animation software - but really, what's the difference? Why do CAD programs get their own special classification?
How To Create A 3D Bump Map in Photoshop
3D bump maps are used to create raised texture surfaces on 3D models - but they actually start off as flat 2D images.
Flash Tips: How to Embed Your SWF into a Webpage
If you're publishing for the web, you'll need to be able to insert your SWF file into your website, right? Here's a quick guide that will help you figure out how.
5 Things To Do Before You Ever Start Animating
Ready to dive in and start animating? You may not be as ready as you think. These 5 pre-animation tips will help you define your workflow and direction to make sure you don't flounder on the way.
A Beginner's Guide to Computer Animation
While animation is a complex art that can require years of schooling to perfect, for the hobbyist - and even for some self-taught professionals - it’s surprisingly easy to get started from the comfort of your own home and begin producing animations from scratch with just a little studying, hard work, and practice.
Five Inexpensive Animation Solutions for the Mac
Frustrated by the dearth of inexpensive animation solutions compatible with the robust and powerful Macintosh platform? Take a look at this list of five software packages that will let you animate for $250 or far less.
How to Import Multiple Images Simultaneously in...
You can import a series of numbered images to Flash and have the program automatically distribute them in sequential order across keyframes.
Everything You Need to Know about Walt Disney...
Disney is no doubt one of the most famous names in the animation industry, known for providing entertainment directed to adults and children alike; with theme parks around the world and a world-class animation studio and business franchise, the company nearly dominates the industry.
Read My Lips: How to Lip-Synch for Animation
If you want to add actual expression and realistic mouth-movements to your animation, it helps to study how the shape of the mouth changes with each sound. These ten basic phoneme shapes can match almost any sound of speech, in varying degrees of expression--and with the in-between frames moving from one to the other, are remarkably accurate.
The Unexpected Average Salary of an Animator
Not a week goes by when someone doesn't ask how much money an animator makes. What kind of salary should an animator expect?
How to Add Simple Stops in Flash Action Script
The stop command is most likely the most basic of all of Flash's ActionScript commands, and the most essential. It's also a good place to get started with familiarizing yourself with the concepts of working with ActionScripting.
What's The Difference Between Shape, Motion,...
Before Flash CS4 there were motion tweens and shape tweens - but now CS4 and CS5 introduce classic tweens. What's the difference?
Are Drawing Skills Necessary to be an Animator?
So you want to learn to animate, but may not be the best artist. Do you need to refine your artistic skills before you can dabble in animation?
Top 5 Uses for Flash
Flash has many useful applications; from character animation to programming, it offers a dynamic platform for a multitude of uses. What's your favorite use for Flash?
How to Create an Animation-Ready Character
Whether you draw your 2D animations traditionally or digitally, there are some skills essential to both incarnations of the craft. One is the ability to draw simple but effective animation characters with clean, easy lines and basic shapes.
How to Create a New Scene in Flash (Lesson 10)
Here we explore the concept of individual scenes in Flash, and how to create and manipulate them to make options to associate with our buttons.
Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects Resources...
Find links to the music and sound effects that you need for your animations - royalty-free and free for download.
Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Rotation
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How To Create An Animation Resume
Never written a resume for an animation career? Here's a few tips to help you out today to land your next job.
How are Traditional and Computer Animation...
Often people differentiate animation techniques as traditional or computer animation -- but aren't always clear as to what the distinction refers to.
Give Your 2D Animation Distinctive Style with...
You've probably seen some pretty cool 2D animations that use style tricks a little different from the standard side-scrolling, black-lined textbook animation. There are tons of ways to make your animation stand out using unique tricks and experiments; here are a few pointers you can try.
Adobe Character Animator Review
Character Animator is a new program from Adobe, is it any good though?
Everything You Need to Know to Make Your First...
In this lesson we'll cover how to create a new blank movie file in Flash MX, and the tools and steps involved in making your first simple animation using motion tweening.
How to Add Onion-Skinning to Your Flash Animation
Frame-by-frame animation can be difficult when you're working on one frame at a time with no reference for the previous or next frames. Flash has a solution for this dilemma--known as onion-skinning, an option that you can turn on that shows a range of frames both before and after your current frame.
A Simple Guide to Getting Started with Computer...
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Layer Definition: What is a Layer?
Layers can be confusing for some people, especially when they're used to painting or drawing on a flat surface.
In Computer Animation, What is Rendering?
You may often hear reference to video rendering, render times, render speeds, etc. in the field of computer animation. But what exactly is rendering?
The Pros and Cons of Flash and Animated GIFs
Asking if Flash is better than an animated GIF is rather like asking if a USB thumb drive is better than a floppy disk. Both have their purposes, and both can be useful - even if one is a bit limited and outdated.
A Beginner's Guide to Animation Character...
Before you start animating, it's a good idea to draw up a character sheet/character breakdown of the subject of your animation, both for reference and to familiarize you with drawing different views. Let's take a look at the basics for a character sheet.
How is Traditional Animation Done?
How is traditional, hand drawn, 2D animation made? With lots of people.
3D Animation
: The creation of moving pictures in a three-dimensional digital environment. This is done by sequencing
A Beginner's Guide to 3D Studio Max: Using the...
In this tutorial, we'll take a look at parts of the 3D Studio Max version 4.26 environment and help you to get more familiar with the tool panels.
How Do I Get Into Animation School?
Trying to figure out how to get into animation school? Just like any other college, there are a few requirements - and while some are the same, others are wildly different.
How to Start and Stop Sound Effects in Your...
Let's pick up on the last lesson to add a bouncing sound effect to our squash and stretch animation, using Flash audio to bring more life and depth to the animation.
What Are Structural Lines and Center Lines?
It's almost impossible to draw a perfectly balanced character in symmetrical perspective without a few guidelines, let alone animate them accurately. The most basic of guidelines are called structural lines and center lines.
A Realistic Look at Freelance Animation Work
While working for yourself can be extremely rewarding and quite convenient, you should always be aware of the added responsibility and obligation implied, and of any hardships that you might encounter and will need to plan for. The points that I'll cover here are things that I've learned from my own experiences as a freelance artist, animator, designer, and writer; I hope that they'll help you as well.
How to Make an Animation Flip Book
Ever tried to make a animation flip book? It's not nearly as complicated as it seems, and can be a good way to practice your animation principles by using unorthodox sequential animations instead of keyframes and in-betweens.
What is 2.5D Animation?
2.5D animation? Is that a half-finished 3D animation? Not quite. 2.5D animation is a way to make 2D jump off the page into 3D space.
Ask the Magic 8-Ball - Demo
Try out a version of the classic 'Magic 8-Ball' created using Flash ActionScripting.
Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Keyframe and...
Rather than working with simple shapes and reusable objects, let's work with the techniques used in cinematic animation: hand-drawing each frame using keyframing and in-betweening techniques to describe progressive motion.
Here's What 'Key Frame' Means in Animation
An animation key frame is a single still image in an animated sequence that occurs at an important point in that sequence.
Are Clothing And Hair On 3D Models Created...
3D animations often show amazingly detailed hair and clothing. But are they modeled individually? Do animators create each strand of hair, and design entire outfits that can be added to characters like paper dolls?
Animating a Zoom Effect in Flash
You can simulate a camera zoom effect in Flash using tweens.
Is Flash the Only 2D Animation Software?
While Adobe Flash gets a lot of coverage as a major 2D animation and rich content production package, is it the only 2D animation software package out there?
What is a 3D Polygon?
You've heard of polygons in geometry, but what do they mean in 3d modeling and animation?
What is Vector Animation?
Vector animation is a term used to refer to animation whose art or motion is controlled by scalable vectors rather than pixels.
So You Want to be a...
Anyone can seek out a career in computer animation, regardless of any measure of artistic talent; all that you need is to know what you want, and to be willing to put in the necessary effort to achieve it. This article gives a basic set of guidelines on where to start, and a little advice on how to pursue your chosen field.
Getting Started in Cinema 4D
A quick intro to Cinema 4D where we make a cube, a floor, and a light and see it's render preview.
Animating for Video Games vs. Animating for...
Creating animations for video games is much different from creating animations for movies. The major difference is that a movie is meant simply to be viewed, while the purpose of a video game is to interact. For this reason, animating for video games can be much more difficult than animating for video games; however, this reason is only a broad generalization of the differences between the two genres.
Understanding the Main Tools in 3D Studio Max...
The third part of our first lesson in 3D Studio Max's tools covers the panel of primary tools taking up the right-hand side of the interface. These are the main tools that you will use to create, modify, and control your objects.
How to Use the Trace Bitmap Function for Flash...
In case you missed when it was covered in Lesson 5, here's a quick tip on how to use the trace bitmap function in Flash to turn bitmap art into vector images.
What '2D' Means in Animation Terms
: The creation of moving pictures in a two-dimensional environment, such as through "traditional" cel
A Step-by-Step Guide to Detailed Animation in...
Creating a detailed, full-color character animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods is a long and at times difficult process, even in Flash. For this lesson we're going to take the first step and rough-sketch our basic motion for a simple action, using block shapes representing a character we wish to animate.
The Easiest Way to Make Kinetic Typography
How do text animators work in After Effects to easily let you create kinetic typography?
What Is Cutout Animation?
You may be more familiar with cutout animation than you think, especially if you're a fan of a certain raunchy animated show on Comedy Central.
Flash Plugin: Keyframe Caddy
Flash plugin Keyframe Caddy streamlines replacing symbols for lip sync and symbol animation to make your work easier and faster.
Tween
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Flash Tip: Flash vs. Flash Player - What's the...
When referring to "Flash", sometimes it can be a little unclear what we're referring to, as often it
What's the Difference? Flash Graphics and Movie...
Flash symbol types can, at times, be a little confusing. Let's break down 2 of them here.
Flash Tip: Tools of the Trade: Drawing in Flash...
If you've been working in Flash for any period of time, by now you've probably realized that mouse-drawing anything beyond a basic pre-defined shape can be pretty time-consuming, and pretty difficult, if not downright impossible (and maddening). I'd recommend getting a graphics tablet.
Storyboarding Tips to Plan for Your Animation
Using a storyboard will help you organize your animation, and match you mental visualizations of scenes with the written script. If you use a storyboard you'll find that you'll be able to plan your animations more cohesively with clear marker points to show progress, and you'll save yourself a lot of time and trouble when struggling to make the entire thing come together from beginning to end.
The Verdict on 'Pivot Stickfigure Animator'...
Creating a stickfigure animation isn't as easy as it looks, especially in detailed programs such as Flash. In a custom-built program just for that, though, it's so simple it's painful - and that's where Pivot Stickfigure Animator comes in.
What's the Difference? Flash Player and Flash...
What's the difference between Flash projector and Flash player? Let's find out on this magical journey.
Keeping Up With the Studios
Computer animation can be be fun, but it can also be quite costly. But it's not always necessary to spend that kind of money; for the curious, the studious, or even the aspiring professional, there are much more cost-effecitve ways to get your feet wet. If you know where to look and how to shop, it's not that hard to compete with the big boys without spending the big bucks.
Why Are They Called Non-Photo-Blue Pencils, And...
: Why Are They Called Non-Photo-Blue Pencils, And What Are They Used For? In traditional animation, you
Flash Tip: Turn off Snapping
Snapping in vector drawings has its uses, but when it's just making life harder for you, it's time to turn it off.
From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the...
If your'e thinking of buying a gift for an animator but you're a little stumped as to what might be appropriate, take a look at these ideas for gifts for the holiday season (or any season when you're in the mood for giving).
What is an Animated GIF?
We see animated GIFs all the time (no, really, even with Flash and PNGs, we do). But what are they, exactly?
Persistence of Vision
: "Persistence of Vision" refers to the phenomenon where the retina retains an image for a brief split-second
How to Choose an Animation Software Package
Considering how expensive animation software can be and the difficulty of returning software to many retailers, picking the wrong animation software for your needs can be a costly mistake. What questions should you ask yourself when selecting an animation software package?
7 Life Lessons I've Learned from Animation
Animation isn't just a career; many things learned throughout your career as an animator can provide valuable life lessons, as well.
Animation Software Review: YouTube's Stupeflix...
While I wouldn't really call Stupeflix animation software, it does at least produce animated content in a limited form: usually composites animated as slideshows, lists, and presentations.
Flash Tip: Creating the Illusion of Perspective
Flash proves that you don't need a 3D program or even a complex 2D program to create easy two-dimensional shapes with the appearance of three-dimensional depth.
Anime Studio Pro 5
While Anime Studio 5 definitely isn't a program that you can dive in and start using without at least a passing knowledge of the fundamentals of animation, it still provides a rich, full-featured animation experience that simplifies the process and allows you to produce high quality animations for less effort.
Adding Texture In After Effects
Learn the quickest and easiest way to add texture to your digital animation.
Flash Tip: Grouping and Ungrouping Objects
Flash lets you group and ungroup objects so that you can move or transform them as a single unit before ungrouping them to work on them individually.
The Newest After Effects Update is Making it...
This new update to After Effects is making me rip my hair out, two key features are gone!
Animation Software Review: Animoids 3D Movie...
Animoid 3D Movie Maker is almost shockingly complex, considering the low price. That complexity lends a richness and fullness of features, but also presents a fairly steep learning curve for the novice.
What is a Breakdown?
Having a nervous breakdown over your breakdowns? Don't; they're just simple in-betweens that hold a pivotal position in your animation sequence.
Flash Animation 2: Shape Tweening
With this lesson, we'll pick up at the end of where we left off in Lesson 1, with a lesson on shape tweening in Flash MX. Shape tweening can take two different shapes at keyframes set any number of frames apart, and mathematically calculate the frames in between to produce a smooth animation depicting the transformation between one and the other.
What Is A Wireframe?
: What Is A Wireframe? There are certain things essential to understanding any discussion on 3D animation:
Do I have to go to animation school to be an...
Animation school can be expensive. Is it necessary?
Are You Protected by Copyright?
Are your animations protected by copyright? Do you know, or have you never thought about protecting your work? Take a look at this article to find out what rights are guaranteed to you by U.S. copyright law, how to obtain proof of those rights, and how to further protect them.
Animation Software Review: Adobe Flash CS5
The latest version of Flash brings the shiny.
Share Your Stories: What Inspired You To Become...
For some of us there's a pivotal turning point in our careers, a moment of inspiration or choice that changes our lives and directs our paths. For many of us it was that moment that pushed us to become animators, whether we've achieved our goal or are still on that path. What was that moment for you? What inspired you to become an animator?
Voice Acting for Animation
We know how animators make characters move - but how do they make them talk?
Squash and Stretch
: "Squash and stretch" refers to an animation technique used to depict exaggerated animated motion. The
Adobe Creative Cloud Review Update!
So how has Adobe Creative Cloud worked out for me over this past year?
Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Easing
Another way to control your Flash motion tweens is through an option called Easing.
What is Pixilation?
What is pixilation and how is it different than stop motion?
Toon Boom Animate
Toon Boom Animate is yet another installation in a growing line of award-winning animation packages.
Flash Animation 11: ActionScripting to Link...
It's time to combine the buttons and scenes created in Lessons 9 and 10, using ActionScripting to tell Flash how to behave when our buttons are clicked.
Storytelling For Animation
Animating is about much more than just sequencing frames together to create motion. It's about telling a story - and it takes quite a bit of thought, imagination, and planning to make sure it's a good one.
Animating a Pan Effect in Flash
You can use motion tweens to create the illusion of a panning camera on your Flash stage.
What Are Morph Targets?
Ever wondered how 3D animators manage to smoothly transition and combine facial expressions? Simple answer: by using morph targets.
iClone
iClone reminds me a great deal of Bryce's Poser, but advanced to the next level. Even the newest beginning animator can dive right in and have fun tweaking the preset models to create and animate your own
What's the benefit of vector animation vs....
Vector animation is generally considered more advanced than raster animation. Why?
Animation Software Review: CrazyTalk Animator
As an animation program, CrazyTalk Animator doesn't quite fit the mold of typical frame-based animation software -- but it does make it extremely easy and extremely entertaining to apply animation principles to photographs and illustrated content.
Animated Graphics Definition: What are Animated...
: The term "animated graphics" can cover many things, from flash SWFs to animated GIFS to banner ads.
Flash Tip: Understanding the "Lock Fill" Option...
Many people don't ever notice the "Lock Fill" button, or even understand what it does until they run
Making an Animated ScreenSaver Using Visual Basic
This is just a quick dip at the trot, a basic checklist of things to do for those comfortable with Visual Basic; this isn't intended to be a full step-by-step, but more a basic overview as to the steps inherent in creating an easy 2D animated screen saver using the language.
What is Limited Animation?
Limited animation isn't quite what it sounds like. It doesn't suffer from limitations or deficiencies, but instead refers to techniques used to limit the amount of work involved in producing a full-length animation.
Animation Tip: Tools of the Trade: Light Tables
Whether you're drawing 2D animation for cel painting or doing the preliminary pencil work to be scanned in for a computer animation, a light table is one of the most important tools for frame-by-frame animation that you'll ever own.
Flash Tip: Animated GIF vs. SWF Publishing for...
While Flash SWFs are considered one of the more advanced methods for publishing animated and streaming content to the web, there are times when using an animated GIF for smaller, shorter animations would be more to your advantage.
Animating from Pencil to PC: Rough Motion...
The first step in starting off your animation is to get your basic motion down. For that you don't need perfect drawings; you can use stick figures, as long as they capture your basic proportions and get your motion down. Grab your light desks and get ready to go.
Creating Drop Shadow Text in Flash CS3
One great thing about the newest versions of Flash is that many effects that previously had to be constructed manually are now automatic features - including text drop shadows.
How to Dynamic Link from After Effects to...
How do can you dynamic link between Premiere and After Effects to save yourself time, money, and sanity?
Avoiding the Uncanny Valley: How to Keep Your...
A trek through the Uncanny Valley can be fatal for a 3d animation, where so much relies on creating empathy with your audience and naturally enabling them to suspend disbelief. So why, if we so often strive for photo-realism in 3d animation, is that realism sometimes a bad thing?
Creating "Animated" Drawings with SnagIt
Using your favorite graphics program and a video capture program such as SnagIt , you can easily create
Are Animation Frames Really Hand-Painted?
Is hand-painting still the standard for 2D animation, or have digital methods overtaken the traditional days of acetate and acrylic?
Map
A map is a tool/technique used in computer animation to add texture and realism to 3d models.
Ulead GIF Animator 5
Ulead GIF Animator is a nicely packaged little program that would be extremely useful for the hobbyist or casual animator.
Why do Animated GIFs Look So Grainy?
Animated GIFs are a good way to get soundless animated images on the web without needing any additional plugins or viewers...but why are they so grainy?
What's the Difference Between an Animated GIF...
On the surface, an animated GIF and an animated PNG can look the same. So what's the difference?
Flash Tip: Swap Symbol
The Swap Symbol function is just like Flash's Swap Bitmap function, but instead lets you switch any symbol on your stage out with any symbol in your library.
Choosing Between ActionScripting 2.0 and...
With ActionScripting 3.0 taking such a drastic turn away from the old paradigm of ActionScripting 2.0, it helps that Flash CS3 allows you to create a document using the old scripting style; here's how.
Dope Sheet
: "Dope sheet" is the informal/common term for the worksheet used by animation directors to plan the
Easy Flash CrossFade Effect
Fade between one image and another using layers, alpha controls, and tweens.
Top Five Animation Myths
People have the strangest ideas about animation and the animation industry. Here are a few myths I've encountered, and the truth behind them.
What to Expect From Digicel Flipbook 6 (2D...
DigiCel Flipbook is an animation software package that creates an animation studio, complete with tools, on your desktop.
How to be Seen
It seems a farfetched dream, doesn't it: the idea of something that you worked on being played on broadcast television for all the world to see. If you work in the animation industry, that might not be as impossible as you think; odds are, if you're employed by one of the major companies, a project that you've participated in will likely get air time as part of commercials and promo spots. But if you're an individual or a small company, it's not that easy.
Computer Animation
: The term "computer animation" covers a broad range of subjects, but overall can be defined as the creation
Flash Tip: Loop Playback
Usually when you play back your Flash timeline, it plays once and then stops on the last frame. If you
What is Alpha?
: In animation, alpha can most easily be referenced by the opacity of an object. An object with lower
The Total Package
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How Do I Vary Line Weight In My Animations?
Line weight is a subtle but invaluable way to add depth and polish to your animation, as long as it's properly used. But how do you create line weight? How do you change it?
Combining Photoshop and After Effects
Combine Photoshop and After Effects to easily update your animation and backgrounds.
What Is Sand Animation?
: What Is Sand Animation? Most people think of animation as either paint on cels, or pixels on a screen
Animation Careers Outside of Entertainment:...
Medical animation is probably one of the most exacting, difficult paths that you can follow in the animation field--but if it suits your tastes, then it can also be one of the most rewarding.
What Are Good Supplementary Courses For An...
Looking to add an extra edge to your animations and refine your abilities while you work towards your degree? You'd be surprised how a few extra classes in seemingly unrelated areas can help you build on your talents and add that extra level of depth to your work.
Animation Spotlight: Ottawa International...
The Ottawa International Animation Festival is one of the biggest in North America, and it's a great place to see new, exciting, and inspiring work.
Flash Tip: Reducing Flash Movie Filesize
Flash movies are improving in quality, but with greater quality comes larger file sizes. Here are two ways to make them more manageable.
What Is Drawn-on-Film Animation?
Cels? Who needs cels? Drawn-on-film gets rid of the cels, the paint, and the cameras to take animation to a micro - and very hands-on - level.
Flash Tip: Paste in Place
Paste in Place is a method of pasting something in your Flash scene in the exact position that it was in when you copied it.
From 2D to 3D: Using Textures to Create Raised...
Three-dimensional models can possess amazing levels of detail; not only in sculpted shapes, but also in texture. In truth, what you're looking at isn't clever modeling, but an illusion of texturing.
Flash Tip: How Best to Work In HD
How can we get a full HD film out of Adobe Flash with half the work?
Do Animators Draw Backgrounds in Every Frame?
Many animations feature detailed backgrounds that the characters move against; the backgrounds also sometimes move. Do animators draw and paint these backgrounds in every frame of animation?
Vector vs. Pixel Based Animation
What is pixel based art and vector based art? Are there any benefits to either one? Also why did I choose two films by people named Alex as examples?
What is an Animation Timeline?
In animation, a timeline refers to the breakdown of frames sequenced over time.
3D Studio Max Lesson 1.4: Animation Tools...
The last set of tools that we’ll discuss as part of the standard 3D Studio Max interface is located at the bottom of the window, stretching along the width of the working area below the multiple views. These tools help control how you view your animation, your timeline, and how you view your scene.
Animation Tips and Tricks: 1s vs 2s
Animation Tips and Tricks for creating movements using 1 frame vs 2 frames on screen.
Depth of Field
Depth of field refers to the focus of objects in a scene at various depths.
Animation Tips for Creating a Running Character...
One of the most basic principles of animation is the walk cycle; it's often the first thing beginning animators will tackle, and mastering the walk cycle - which is a breakdown of the basic stages of a single step - is one of the first hurdles in mastering the art of animation. But what about the run cycle?
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