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Character Emotion in Animation

Creating natural and credible emotions is necessary to create believable animation.  Good animated emotion can add a great deal of drama to the scene and create an interest in the people watching the animated film.

Emotion lies not only in the facial expression of the cartoon character but also in the body language.

Emotions are the key to demonstrate cartoon character’s personality. It is important to convey that the personality of our character is unique and he has a history and attitude of his own.

One of the ways to communicate emotion in animation is by making sure we are creating a thinking character. It is important to pass on the idea that the thoughts of the animated character urge his farther actions and movements. The anticipation principle of classical cartoon animation can be used to create believable and emotional animation in 2d as well as in 3d environment.

It is important to create eye and head movement preparations before creating the body movement itself. The eyes should move first since they are responsible for the upcoming movement of the body and are the window to character’s soul, thoughts and emotions. Next is the head movement. If this principle of animation is not carried out and the body moves before the head and the eyes, the action will not look like it was initiated by the character but by some other force and is opposed to the character’s initial thoughts. Creating a thinking character is the first step to giving life to the personage.

Emotions can also dictate the time that is taking for every action to take place. A happy character will perform every movement and action faster than a sad personage.

The face expressions are also a big part of communicating emotion in animation . The parts of the face which are involved in the expression of emotions are: eyes, eyebrows and mouth.

To create more realistic and living eyes it is important to remember that their surface is always moist and reflect light and it is important to deliver that in the material of the eye surface or the drawing of the eyes.

Eyebrows also play an important role in communication and emotional expression. Raised eye brows often symbolize surprise and astonishment as well as uncertainty and confusion.

Lowered eye browse symbolize deception or annoyance. Eyebrows can evoke anger, sadness, fear and other various emotions that human body can communicate.

It is important to understand that most of the communication in the world we live in is not verbal communication. An animator is obligated to understand the role of emotion in animation, remember that almost every part of the body can be used to communicate and use this knowledge in the process of animating cartoon characters.