Home Animation Articles Animate Characters Driving
Animate Characters Driving

Animate Characters Driving


Animate Characters Driving

How to make cartoon characters drive in a car:

ANIMATE characters DRIVING_0001_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 8.47.24 PM

Place the character(s) below the car layer. ANIMATE characters DRIVING_0005_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 8.48.18 PM

If you would like, add another layer of the other side of the car to add depth.

Make a BG (background) layer of a road or scenic view. ANIMATE characters DRIVING_0006_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 8.48.37 PM

Animate the character(s) in their own layer. ANIMATE characters DRIVING_0008_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 8.49.05 PM

Animate images passing by, and move the BG to fit the scene. Move the BG closer, left, right, or back to match the cars direction. ANIMATE characters DRIVING_0011_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 8.49.26 PM

Add bumps in the road if you’d like…ANIMATE characters DRIVING_0010_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 8.49.15 PM ANIMATE characters DRIVING_0012_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 8.49.30 PM

In this example, I copied and pasted the bump movement to repeat.ANIMATE characters DRIVING_0014_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 8.49.42 PM

You can also add a wheel and have the character turn the wheel while driving.

If you are considering becoming an Animator, it’s a great practice to make up random 5-10 second long animations. When I was in school, the teachers asked the students to constantly create short stories. Some students found it difficult to keep their stories short and simple, receiving failing grades in some cases because they got too lost in their stories.

Tips on creating short stories:

Starting the story as close to the end as you can.
Including at last one character the viewer can strongly identify with – either negatively or positively.
Reveal character motivation or traits essential to the story.
Ensuring that each character included needs something to do – even if the action was simply deliver a newspaper.
Metaphors are a great tool – but keep the related to everyday life – or you will lose your audience. In animation, you can be very creative in how you express your point of view in the story. You can be very literal or “trippy” depending on who your audience is.
Know your basic audience and avoid alienating them. Appealing to what people can relate to is an important foundation if you want people to watch your videos.
Keep a notebook at all times! A quick note now can be a great story tomorrow.
Have fun with it! If you are not having fun, take a nap. Ideas have to marinate and evolve within you, so relax, have fun and let them flow.


More videos below:


To view more videos by EmilyCartoons, go to: http://animationstation.com/channel/emilycartoons/

EmCartoons Owner and Founder of Animation Station. Animation Station is a website that showcases Artists Artwork from around the world. Each artist has a background ranging in animation, live action, traditional, graphic design, audio, and any form of art connected to animation/digital media.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *