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2D Animation: Animal Walk Cycles

Capturing the movements of a horse, dog, or other such creature in 2D animation requires an understanding of certain principles and techniques. In this course, Dermot O'Connor explains how to animate four-legged animals as they walk, trot, and run. Dermot compares the anatomy of animals and humans, showing the analogous parts. He also demonstrates the basics of a quadruped walk, explaining how to create the leg positions for the front and the back, as well as how to offset them to create a realistic walk. Plus, learn how to add individual quirks to a run and create cartoony run cycles.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

2D Animation: Animate Flying Creatures

The varying sizes and anatomies of flying animals results in different flying styles and patterns. For example, imagine a hummingbird's wings and flight path as compared to a crow's. This course demonstrates how to animate the motions of different flying creatures, from a tiny butterfly to an enormous dragon.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

2D Animation: Animate Monsters & Aliens

Animating a convincing Dracula or zombie involves many of the classic principles of animation; however, in order to properly spook your audience, you'll often want to make your creatures move in creepy or unnatural ways. In this course, Dermot O'Connor shares 2D animation techniques for making monsters, aliens, and other supernatural subjects come to life. Dermot explains how to deal with muscular creatures, animate jerky creatures, and make eerily smooth movements. He illustrates how to apply each technique by drawing familiar monsters like ghosts, werewolves, vampires, and more.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

2D Animation: Character & Attitude Walk Cycles

Once you've completed a basic walk cycle, it's time to add character. Animator Dermot O' Connor shows how to take a basic walk and go beyond, building in personality, exaggeration, and attitude. Learn how to animate bipedal motion, stomps, sneaks, and goofy walks, and turn walks into full-on runs. Dermot also shows how to avoid common pitfalls such as jagged arcs. These techniques are 2D animation classics, and must-have skills for any animator, regardless of software.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

2D Animation: Tips and Tricks

One way to learn animation is an all-in-one course, the kind you can find here in our library. The other path is on-the-job training, and involves picking up an arsenal of tips and tricks as you work. Both methods have their benefits, though most students get an all-in-one style education. This course will give you that "on the job" experience in weekly doses. Every Tuesday, author Dermot O' Connor reveals a tip or trick that animation professionals use to save time and create more compelling characters. Learn to use delays, overshoots, and leading gestures to create looser, more realistic movement; draw different mouth shapes for male and female characters; create different styles of walks such as staggers; and more. Put this course in your playlist and each week a new video will appear in your queue.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

2D Animation: Walk Cycles Basics

There are four primary poses of a walk cycle, and the sequence in which they are animated is very important. In this 2D animation tutorial, Dermot O' Connor provides an introduction to the basics of all walk cycles. The principles apply to any animation student, regardless of software.

First, he reviews the poses—contact, down, passing, and high point—and the creative decisions you have to make about timing, frame rates, and placement. (Traditionally, walk cycles can be animated in place or across the screen.) In the following chapters, Dermot animates a character walking in profile and also from a front view. These two projects give you opportunities to see animation techniques, such as creating poses and in-betweens and troubleshooting arcing and timing issues, in action.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

2D Game Design and Development Essential Training

With today's wide range of game development tools and engines, it's easy to get started making 2D games with very little effort. But for your game to succeed, you need to plan it right from the start. Jesse Freeman walks you through everything you need to know to design and develop your first 2D game, from picking an engine, building artwork, and incorporating sound, to publishing and marketing the finished game. Along with high-level strategies, Jesse reviews the tools that you need to make development easier and faster—because the last thing you want to do is reinvent the wheel. Learn the fundamentals to designing 2D games from scratch and spend your energy on making great games.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

2-Minute Tips for Marketing

Learn great tactics and techniques from top marketing experts with these short, engaging, stand-alone tips. Get useful advice and instruction that you can apply to your work today, including quick tools and platform advice—everything from what Instagram filters are best for business to custom reports for YouTube advertising—as well as important skills like how to keep large and small marketing presentations on track, perform content audits, and marketing with visual storytelling.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

2-Minute Tips for Senior Leaders

Learn great tactics and techniques from top business leaders with these short, engaging, stand-alone tips. Get useful advice and ideas that you can apply to your work today, everything from becoming better at networking, handling interruptions, correcting a bad first impression, and getting to "yes" on an initiative you've proposed. You'll also learn how best to prepare when coaching poor performers, how to set a good foundation for conflict resolution, and other techniques for effective communication within an organization.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

360-Degree Feedback

An organization's talent is vital to its success. As a result, it's crucial that companies provide their employees with the support they need to grow professionally. When managers and HR professionals ensure that their employees receive meaningful feedback from a variety of sources, they can help to spark positive change within their organization. In this course, learn the value of 360-degree feedback, and how to select and use a reliable 360-degree instrument in order to get reliable information on the behaviors and performance of your employees. Leadership expert Sara Canaday explains how to implement a feedback program, shares best practices in feedback delivery, shows how to help your team members make the most of the feedback they receive, and more.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

360 Video Production and Post

360 video technology offers creative professionals interesting new ways to create immersive content. If you're interested in creating 360 videos, then this course can help you get up to speed with the 360 video process. Instructor Nick Harauz goes over which tools you can use, and how to leverage those tools to create, edit, and export high-quality videos. Nick dives into the differences between AR, VR, and 360; reviews 360 camera solutions; and shares production and post-production considerations. He also shows how to stitch together 360 footage, edit VR clips, add transitions and effects, export your final projects, and more.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource



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