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Have you ever wanted to learn how to animate a Dragon? This 12 week course course will take you through all the fundamentals you need to know to accomplish the infamous challenge of animating a dragon in all it’s glory. The only one of it’s kind online with our awesome Dragon Rig!
In this 12 week course you will learn how to animate a dragon flight cycle and dragon walk cycle. Your dragon animation library will need to be built for the animation assets to use later on. You will learn how to attach the dragon animation to a motion path fly, turn and learn how to land the dragon then roar! At the end of the course you will learn how to animate the Dragon taking off.
Your instructor has also created animation presets for you to load, aswell as cached dragon animation files to enable you to reference in real-time while you work.
Animating a Dragon is no easy task, the course starts off with an in-depth introduction to the character and the rig before you actually begin. Do not skip this part as there is so much to learn!
Jonathan Symmonds, your instructor, former lead animator of the Game of Thrones and House of Dragons, will teach you all the tips and tricks you need to know to create the most amazing dragon animation. Join now!
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About the Dragon Animation Course
One of the hardest characters to animate (besides and octopus) is a dragon! Why? Because there is hardly any reference of dragons and knowing how to get the timing correct on such a magnificent creature is a real skill. That being said, Jonathan Symmonds has over 8 years experience animating dragons, so who better to teach you than the man himself.
He will take you on a 12 week course where you will learn how to set up the scene for animating, build the environment and set up the cameras and lighting. You will take a deep dive into the rig and he will explain everything there is to know about the rig and how to use it properly. From there, animation begins, you will learn different flight cycle setups, from climbs, to glides, to turns and then you will put this into practice on a path.
Once the animation path is working it will be time to land the dragon. You will learn all about the weight of the dragon and how to slow it down before settling on the ground. Next you will be animating a roar! This is so cool!
From the roar it will be time to do a walk cycle and build your asset library for the final stages and take-off. The last part of the course will be the take-off and final output for your demo-reels!
Welcome to the course!
What will i learn?
- Introduction to the rig and how a dragon moves
- Understand the fundamentals of flight
- Create your own set of flight cycles and build up your library
- Learn how to animate a character on a path and landing
- A much better understanding of weight and timing
- Landing a dragon and moving into a roar
- Behavioral shifts in creatures during action
- Asset library build and layered animation design
- Learn how to take-off an extremely heavy creature
- Camera switching and scripting cameras
- Basic lighting setups for final look with Light Rig
- Playblasting techniques and fine-tuning animation
- Learn how to animation a Dragon Walk Cycle
- Learn how to animate and cut an in-scene camera
12 Week Course Breakdown
Introduction to the course. We will begin by looking into the rig and setting up the scene for animation along with some reference.
This week we will be creating different sets of cycles, from glides to climbs to turns and saving them into our library for use later.
In this week we will start to build our scene and environment while using our assets we created in the previous courses and applying them to the dragon on a path.
In this week we will be bringing the dragon into final approach to land and build the landing animation.
Now that we have approached to land, it is time to hit the runway! Let’s fine tune this section and start to prepare the dragon for the roar!
It is time now to take a small break and work on some asset building. Assets are small bits of animations that you can add later to the character to make it look really nice.
Using our assets we created we will now implement them in the landing and roar. Building the momentum for the roar is very important so make sure to pay attention to this lesson!
In this week you will learn how to animate a Dragon Walk Cycle. The course is extremely detailed and you even get your own GPU cached dragon from Jonathan to reference from.
This is where the course gets really cool! Behavior study. Jonathan will take you through different setups and techniques to improve and add subtle behavior changes to your dragon. Enjoy!
It is now time to take off. This 3 week section will be full of challenges. In this week you will be setting up the scene in preparation for take-off.
This week, you will continue to develop and block out the take-off animation.
In this final week, you will be finishing up the take-off animation with Jonathan and you will be preparing for final playblasting. Be sure to add in some of your really cool assets to the dragon that you did in Week 06.
Dragon Rig License
If you purchase this part of the course, you will have the ability to purchase other parts of the course at a discounted rate (as you will not have to purchase the Dragon Rig license twice) Which is valued at $750.
If there are any queries regarding this please contact us and we can answer any questions you might have.
For example, if you buy “Dragon Course – Option A” for $1149 you will have access to “Dragon Course – Option B” for $299 and “Dragon Course – Option C” for $199.
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Meet your Instructor
> Age: 39
> Speciality: Animation
> Experience: 20+years
“Surround yourselves only with the best. The better they are, the better you will become!”
Jonathan Symmonds has worked for over 18 years as a senior animator having worked on titles such as James Cameron’s “Avatar,” “Prince of Persia,” “Dark Tide,” “Knerten,” “Trollhunter,” to name but a few. Jonathan is more famously recognized as the ‘Lead Animator’ on the “Game of Thrones” and most recently “House of Dragons.”
He has extensive knowledge of creature animation and is one of the co-founders of Sophoria Academy. He was nominated 3 times for a VES Society Award and has even done his own TED Talk.
Join him as he takes you through this fantastic course and learn some insider knowledge from one of the greatest animators around!
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