When approaching character animation, there are several key principles that I keep in mind. First, I focus on understanding the character's personality and traits, as this informs the way the character moves and emotes. I will study the character's design, backstory, and any reference materials to develop a clear understanding of their unique characteristics.
Next, I consider the principles of animation, including squash and stretch, anticipation, staging, timing, and exaggeration. These principles are essential in creating believable and appealing character movements that convey the intended emotions and actions.
I also pay attention to the character's anatomy, weight, and balance, as these factors influence how the character moves and interacts with the environment. By observing human movement and analyzing reference footage, I ensure that the character's movements are natural and grounded in reality.
Lastly, I strive to imbue the character with personality and emotion, bringing them to life through subtle movements and expressions that convey their thoughts and feelings. I work closely with the animation team and other departments to ensure that the character's movements are consistent with their personality, story, and overall vision for the project.
Overall, my approach to character animation is a blend of technical skill, attention to detail, and creative expression, all aimed at bringing the character to life in a compelling and believable way.