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Chapter 10. Animation Techniques > Character Animation Basics

Character Animation Basics

Animation is simply the illusion of movement. But in the world of animation, stark realism doesn’t necessarily make for a successful animation. If you faithfully reproduced a photographic sequence by meticulously tracing the cycle of images, the resulting animation would likely be a little mechanical and stiff.

Professional animators take advantage of techniques that exaggerate and embellish motion to create a more interesting story. There are certainly different degrees to which you can use these techniques to affect the presentation of your story, so it really comes down to the kind of emotional response that you’re trying to elicit from your audience.


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