Smoking Is Gross - Character Animation

The Process

I was so excited to create a character animation that I wrote more than I could create within my deadline.

As seen below, I originally wrote a three person story and designed all three characters to be rigged with the After Effects plug-in Duik. After beginning the rigging process with the main character, I quickly abandoned the third (red) character and focused on the main male character and the female.

The most challenging moments in creating the animation was in creating the facial expressions for mostly expressionless faces. I utilized eyebrows on both characters, lips for the female and a cigarette for the male to show the characters thoughts. Particularly difficult was the lips on the female, as it was a key-framed face rather than a collection of mouth shapes.

Pre-Production Documents