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FX for Characters

Instructor: Matthieu Petit, Tom De Vis
Included with VFX-A All Access

Learn how to create a variety of effects centered around characters. Pick up the crucial aspects behind the process of creating fire, smoke, electricity, and more!

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21+ Hours

This course includes over twenty-one hours of FX training.

Skill Level

This is a beginner and intermediate Level Two course for VFX artists. 

Software

Toon Boom Harmony
or Adobe Animate

Instant Access

This course is immediately available to All Access members. 

Course Breakdown

Lesson overview.

Flame Avatar

4 Lessons
FX Animation - Matthieu Petit
Commentary - Tom de Vis

Coming in hot. These flame lessons are ambitious! Learn to maintain the balance of a large scope and satisfying motion in every fiery detail. Believe, and it is possible!

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Anticipation & Burst

Fire up the flame avatar with fire beginning at the character's feet, bursting outwards, and then taking over the screen!

Inner Shapes & Color

Learn tips and tricks on how to add color in your animation quickly and completely!

Flame Character FX Animation Timelapse

Watch Matthieu Petit's raw animation process in this unnarrated video.

Flame Inner Color Shapes Timelapse

Watch Matthieu Petit's raw coloring process in this unnarrated video.

Wind Avatar

8 Lessons
FX Animation - Matthieu Petit
Commentary - Tom de Vis

Learn about how air currents kick up dust that billows and expands outward, with a satisfying dissipation of subtle wisps with this wind avatar effect.

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Wind Animation First Phase

Follow Matthieu Petit's animation with Tom De Vis and learn ways to reuse animations to speed up your workflow!

Shadow Block-In

In this video, Matthieu blocks in shadows while Tom talks about the keyframe animation process.

Smoke Dissipation

If you want to see even more, you can watch the raw coloring and shading process as well!

Smoke & Dust Coloring

The last lesson in this video series! Let's get to coloring this amazing effect.

Animation Timelapse

If you want to see even more, you can watch the raw coloring and shading process as well!

Shadow Pass Timelapse

Watch Matthieu Petit's raw shading process in this video.

Cleanup & Polish Timelapse

Watch the wrap-up of Matthieu Petit's raw animation process in this video.

Coloring Timelapse

Watch Matthieu Petit's raw coloring process in this unnarrated video.

Toxic Avatar

2 Lessons
FX Animation - Matthieu Petit
Commentary - Tom de Vis

Create sickly, magical sludge rising from below, then leverage smart reuse to populate a scene with repeated effects!

Holy Light Avatar

2 Lessons
FX Animation - Matthieu Petit
Commentary - Tom de Vis

Call upon the powers of heaven to create an angelic flash of radiating light. You’ll use a variety of techniques to pull it off!

Toxic FX Animation

From rough blocking to the final polished animation, learn industry techniques to create clean good-looking animations under a tight deadline.

Toxic FX Animation Timelapse

Watch the original recording by Matthieu Petit as bonus content, if you are interested in his thought process while animating.

Animating Holy Light FX

Watch along with Tom De Vis as he walks us through Matthieu Petit's process in animating this light flash effect.

Holy Light FX Animation Timelapse

Watch the original recording by Matthieu Petit as bonus content, if you are interested in his thought process while animating.

Holy Avatar

2 Lessons

Call upon the powers of heaven to create an angelic flash of radiating light. You’ll use a variety of techniques to pull it off!

Animating Light

Watch along with Tom De Vis as he walks us through Matthieu Petit's process in animating this light flash effect.

Full Animation Process (Raw Video)

Watch the original recording by Matthieu Petit as bonus content, if you are interested in his thought process while animating.

Electric Avatar

3 Lessons
FX Animation - Matthieu Petit
Commentary - Tom de Vis

Combine every size of electricity: small zaps, medium arcs, and large bolts into an epic sequence of power overwhelming!

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Lightning Anticipation

Tom De Vis is here again to help walks us through Matthieu Petit's electric animation process!

Lightning Payoff & Expansion

Pay attention to how Matthieu animates the lightning expansion and payoff and learn to improve your own electric effects!

Electric FX Animation Timelapse

Watch Matthieu Petit's raw animation process in this unnarrated video.

What members say about VFX Apprentice

Bruno Cano

VFX-A All Access Member

Joining VFX Apprentice was, for sure, the best decision I've made in my early VFX career. The courses are great and the mentors and students are always trying to help. I just love being here!

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VFX Apprentice Student

VFX Apprentice is ideal for any level of artist. I have been a part of it from the very start and it's constantly being improved on. The classes are great and you learn how to make high-quality work.

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