How to create a 3D Animation

Advanced Challenges

Learning Outcomes

  1.  Developing a fictional character that is suitable for storytelling.

  2.  Building a fictional story that is appealing and meaningful at the same time.

  3.  Understanding of storyboarding.

  4. Learning basic pose to pose animation.




Creating a suitable story is the first step of a 3D production pipeline. Everything starts with an idea. Some of these ideas end up as Oscar winning masterpieces. During pre-production of a pipeline Concept arts, Storyboarding, Animatics contributes a great deal towards the success of the final movie. It helps to block down the look and feel. It helps to plan and guide future production steps.

Learning Resources


Getting Familiar

In this challenge first, you must think of a fictional character. Let your imagination run wild! Build something brand new. Your character must have a background story. His/ Her appearance must convey the character's attitude to onlookers. The character should have its own personality. Keeping these points in mind, draw an illustration of a fictional character. Drawing can be done using 2D drawing software such as Photoshop, Paint, Illustrator, or sketch using pencil and paper. You can use Trial versions of these software tools to complete this activity. 

Character Design Workflow

The next step of this challenge is to write a 1-minute story for the character you have built. The story can be of any theme. The only constraint is to keep the story under 1 minute. While building the story, make sure it has a build-up (introduction), problem, climax, resolution, and a conclusion. Keep it simple but exciting. You can write the story in the form of a script.

Writing Strong Characters

As the next step, try drawing a storyboard to the story that you have built. Try to understand the key shots of your story. Plan out camera angles to match the mood of the story. Drawings don't have to be perfect. This is not an illustration challenge!.  Only the understanding of building a storyboard is expected.  You can use any 2D drawing software or draw by hand on paper.

Intro to Storyboarding

The final step of the challenge is to draw a walk cycle of the character you built. Animation is a challenging task. It requires patience, knowledge and skill. It is important for you to first break down the walk cycle. Tip: Focus on contact, recoil, passing, high point posses. Walking is one of the basic movements of any living being. Everyone has their own walk patterns and styles. Try to convey character personality from the walk cycle. Again drawing skills are not judged. Try to produce clean and neat drawings which clearly describe the action. You can use the same drawing software which was used for the previous steps of the challenge. Draw 8 images for 8 frames and upload.

Animating walk cycles

How to complete the challenge:


Review the learning resources and links above and using the steps described above, complete the deliverables.

In this challenge, you will need to review the links and steps described in the challenge and create the following: 

Draw a character illustrate

Create a 1-minute story

Draw a storyboard

Draw a walk cycle.

Upload all the required deliverables in Step 2 below.

To Complete, follow these steps :

Step 1 :

Go through the learning resources given above, 

Upload the files below

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Step 2 :
Step 3 :

Answer the questions 

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