In this tutorial I’ll go through the basics of character animation. We will be using our rig to create readable and appealing animation for the audience. A great starter video for those wanting to do some virtual acting. Be patient, animation is a subtle art. 20 seconds will take you approximately 20 hours.
View the final render here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO_bptf857E
Download reference files here (Maya 2012 and later with OBJ and FBX Meshes if you have custom rigs): http://www.talesofnalstone.com/downloads/CharLilly_Character.zip
Great Rigs you can use with this tutorial: http://lesterbanks.com/2010/03/22-of-the-most-fun-rigs-for-maya/
12 Principles of Animation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_basic_principles_of_animation
The Animator’s Survival Kit: http://www.theanimatorssurvivalkit.com/
Animation Mentor: http://www.animationmentor.com/
Digital Tutors: http://www.digitaltutors.com/