Moho Masterclass: Animate a Cartoon! by Chad Troftgruben

Moho Masterclass: Animate a Cartoon!

Learn character design, rigging, animating, action building, scene design and production assembly with this 45 hour masterclass. Build your own creations or follow along with the exercise files!

Bring a Cartoon Character to Life

With this course you will learn three ways to draw a character to be properly rigged using Moho's extensive bone tools. Raster and vector rigging is both covered! Other topics include:
  • Lip syncing
  • Hand poses
  • Facial animations
  • Dynamic bones
  • Target bones
  • Smart meshes
  • And much more!

Learn How to Animate using the Timeline and Actions Panel

Once rigged, we will animate our character and build various actions including:
  • Step or single frame poses for talking, thinking, standing and more
  • Animated actions for walking, running, and jumping
  • Stringing animations together for polished results

Learn to Build 2D and 3D Atmospheric Sets

This course covers the art of building backgrounds and sets for your cartoon characters to inhabit. We will build an indoor scene using three different workflows as well as a lava filled planet with particles and special effects.

Exercise Files Included With Every Step!

Exercise files have been mapped out to act as checkpoints for the learning process. Files include:
  • Moho Projects (requires Moho Pro 13 to open majority of files)
  • Images
  • PNG Sequences
  • After Effects Projects
  • PSDs
  • Audio Files
  • And more!

A Non-Linear Learning Experience

This course covers several aspects of Moho. It was designed to allow you to pick and choose which chapters interest you. Or you can follow along with all materials to get a cohesive learning experience, ending with the creation of an animated Moho sequence.

What's included?

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Contents

Introduction to Moho
Course Introduction
6 mins
Which Version of Moho Should You Have For This Course?
3 mins
Downloading and Installing Moho Demo
2 mins
Mouse VS Stylus in Moho
2 mins
Quick Overview of Moho workspace
4 mins
Frame 0 Compared to Other Frames
4 mins
Software for Screenwriting
3 mins
Software for Recording Audio
2 mins
Accessing Exercise Files
4 mins
Options for Character Design
Preparing for Moho Design
3 mins
Exercise Files - Lesson 2 - Options for Character Design.zip
430 KB
Sketching with Moho's Bitmap Tools
31 mins
Importing an Outside Sketch
3 mins
Final Thoughts on Moho Preperation
1 min
Designing Vector Based Characters
What You Will Achieve With Vector Design
1 min
Exercise Files - Lesson 3 - Designing Vector Characters.zip
16.7 MB
Drawing the Head
44 mins
Drawing the Body
40 mins
Drawing in Head and Body Details
40 mins
Shading and Highlighting the Character
57 mins
Polishing Up Character Design
31 mins
Final Thoughts on Vector Character Design
1 min
Drawing Bitmap Characters
Overview of Moho Bitmap Design
2 mins
Exercise Files - Lesson 4 - Designing Bitmap Characters.zip
5.5 MB
Preparing Your Workspace for Bitmap Design
19 mins
Adding Character Ink Lines
56 mins
Applying Flat Colors
49 mins
Designing Mouth, Hand and Head Poses
(1h 20m 52s)
Shading, Highlighting and Polishing
45 mins
Final Thoughts on Bitmap Design
2 mins
Designing Characters Outside of Moho
Overview of Procreate Design Process
2 mins
Lesson 5 - Designing Characters in Procreate.zip
39.7 MB
Sketching a Character for Reference
48 mins
Inking the Head
43 mins
Inking the Body
48 mins
Coloring the Character
26 mins
Shading the Character
57 mins
Highlighting the Character
33 mins
Drawing Mouth Poses
45 mins
Sketching Concepts for Additional Head Phases
43 mins
Exporting Characters as PSDs
5 mins
Final Thoughts on Procreate Design
2 mins
Rigging Vector Characters
Overview of Rigging Vector Characters
2 mins
Lesson 6 - Rigging Vector Characters.zip
41.3 MB
Preparing Vector Character for Rigging
31 mins
Binding Vectors to Bones
40 mins
Correcting Movement with Smart Actions
(1h 35m 29s)
Adding Face Controls
37 mins
Creating Head Movements with Smart Meshes
(1h 01m 47s)
Polishing Vector Rig
28 mins
Final Thoughts for Vector Rigging
2 mins
Rigging Raster Characters
Intro to PSD Rigging
2 mins
Lesson 7 - Rigging Image Characters.zip
88.8 MB
Importing PSDs into Moho
25 mins
Rigging Your Character
20 mins
Implementing Dynamic Hair
46 mins
Creating Face Controls
45 mins
Adding Subtle Head Turns
39 mins
Polishing Your Image Based Rig
36 mins
Summing Up PSD Lessons
1 min
Building Reusable Actions
Intro to Creating Actions
2 mins
Lesson 8 - Building Actions Library.zip
29.1 MB
Preparing Workspace for Actions
35 mins
Creating Step Actions
50 mins
Building Animated Actions
53 mins
Other Action Tips
20 mins
Summing Up Actions
2 mins
Designing 2D and 3D Backgrounds
Intro to Moho Set Building
2 mins
Lesson 9 - Constructing 2D and 3D Sets.zip
622 MB
Sketching a Background
13 mins
Building a 3D Room
41 mins
Building 3D Props and Set Pieces
(1h 20m 30s)
Assembling Background Pieces
44 mins
Enhancing a 3D Set
53 mins
Enhancing a 2D Set
(1h 10m 23s)
Enhancing 2D Sets Outside of Moho
45 mins
Other Moho Design Tips
18 mins
Concluding Set Building
2 mins
Bonus Chapter: Animating a Lava Filled Planet
Intro to Additional Set Building
2 mins
Lesson 10 - More 3D Set Work.zip
1.88 GB
Sketching and Inking 2D Assets
24 mins
Converting 2D Vectors to 3D Objects
28 mins
Laying Out and Texturing Environment
23 mins
Animating Scene with 3D Elements
38 mins
Polishing Design and Animation
13 mins
Final Thoughts on 3D Set Piece
2 mins
Assembling a Moho Production
Intro to Assembling a Moho Production
3 mins
Lesson 11 - Characters.zip
29.3 MB
Lesson 11 - Audio.zip
80 MB
Lesson 11 - Effects.zip
226 MB
Lesson 11 - Final Renders.zip
218 MB
Lesson 11 - Props.zip
3.87 MB
Lesson 11 - Scene_000_MASTER_FILE.zip
32.7 MB
Lesson 11 - Scene_001_Ship_Reveal.zip
76.9 MB
Lesson 11 - Scene_002_Torture_Chamber.zip
1.39 GB
Lesson 11 - Scene_003_Van_Int.zip
584 MB
Lesson 11 - Scene_004_Ship_Chase.zip
186 MB
Lesson 11 - Scene_005_To_The_Sun.zip
110 MB
Lesson 11 - Screenplay and Storyboard.zip
4.98 MB
Lesson 11 - Ships.zip
37.8 MB
Lesson 11 - Sets.zip
559 MB
Lesson 11 - PNG Sequence Scenes.zip
4.47 GB
Overviewing Production Materials
18 mins
Laying Out Animation for Scenes 1 and 2
44 mins
Lip Syncing the Characters
27 mins
Animating Character Actions
41 mins
Improving Character Actions
(1h 19m 06s)
Adding Van Behind the Window
14 mins
Adding Lightning Effect to Alien Gun
(1h 13m 26s)
Adding Particle Effects
(1h 09m 08s)
Preparing for the Third Scene
50 mins
Animating Scene 3
(1h 16m 55s)
Animating Ship Chase Shot
39 mins
Polishing the Animated Shots
31 mins
Editing Together Production in Moho
35 mins
Editing Production Outside of Moho
27 mins
Summing Up Moho Production
2 mins
Bonus Chapter: Enhancing Moho Scenes with After Effects
Overview of After Effects Enhancement
2 mins
Lesson 12 - Enhancing in AE.zip
2.77 GB
Preparing Moho Assets
14 mins
Enhancing Moho Assets
18 mins
Adding Newly Animated Elements to Moho
27 mins
Adding More After Effects Magic
35 mins
Conclusion of After Effects Enhancement
1 min
Wrapping Up
Final Thoughts
3 mins