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Gary Turner
Illustrator brush stroke - Character arm rig
on Sep 2, 2011 at 8:19:17 am

I found some fantastic tutorials on how to animated cartoon characters going from Adobe Illustrator to Flash. Very useful.

One tip that was tantalizingly mentioned by not spelled out was how you can create a character's whole arm as a brush stroke in Illustrator and then animated it in Flash. See for yourself at the 06:45 marker.

http://www.youtube.com/user/PeaceLoveAnimation#p/u/0/ywONJam2dSg

Anyone have any idea how you can take this brush stroked arm into Flash and have it be as flexible & keyable?

Mahalo for sharing!

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Gary Turner
Re: Illustrator brush stroke - Character arm rig
on Sep 6, 2011 at 2:48:27 am

Still have not been able to figure out how to rig the "brush arm" in two weeks. My only thought I can think of is to use the puppet (pin) tool in After Effects to control just the arm animations. Having thick to thin brush strokes on some features of a character bogs down key framing without some special rig to work those elements otherwise. I'm avoiding the bone tool as well because it's too unpredictable.

Would prefer to do all key framing in Flash rather than to jump back and forth between After Effects and Flash.

Any help out there?

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Gary Turner
Re: Illustrator brush stroke - Character arm rig
on Sep 7, 2011 at 5:42:50 am

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?


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Gary Turner
Re: Illustrator brush stroke - Character arm rig
on Sep 8, 2011 at 7:35:25 am

Still no reply from anyone here.

I continue on in the wilderness alone.

So I experimented with my last theory. Attempted to use the Puppet Pin Tool in After Effects to achieve the flexibility I'm looking for. FAILED! It essentially creates a rastered video when exported as either FLV or XFL. The XFL version creates an alias halo as well.



Next I attempted to use the very dodgy IK bone tool in Flash. That created all sorts of overlapping compound path problems.



The solution is out there somewhere!
We've seen it work.
Still it eludes me.
Mai Tai to anyone that can help a fellow animator out!

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Gary Turner
Re: Illustrator brush stroke - Character arm rig
on Sep 12, 2011 at 7:57:30 am

Hmmm...guess this is too hard for anyone to figure out.
Well, if I ever do solve this riddle I'll be sure to share it here.

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pablo collazos
Re: Illustrator brush stroke - Character arm rig
on Feb 25, 2014 at 9:22:24 pm

Hi, i hope u managed to solve that problem after all this time, i'm having the same problem right now trying to animate my character. If u got the answer plz share.


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