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Scott Green
Animating an illustrated pair of lips
on Jul 25, 2013 at 6:27:44 pm

What would be the best way to animate this illustration of lips talking?
6319_screenshot20130725at19.21.28.jpg.zip

I tried to use the puppet tool but it didn't turn out very well:
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I also tried the Auto Lip Sync script but that isn't what I want.

Can anyone suggest the best method for the most natural result please.
Thank you.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Animating an illustrated pair of lips
on Jul 25, 2013 at 9:18:32 pm

First question: how did you make these lips?

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Scott Green
Re: Animating an illustrated pair of lips
on Jul 26, 2013 at 6:55:33 am

That would have helped if I'd told you that in the first place wouldn't it.
I designed it in Illustrator, just flat shapes, the styling has to be down on them yet but I wanted to attempt an animation now before I did any styling on them.

Thanks.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Animating an illustrated pair of lips
on Jul 26, 2013 at 4:28:02 pm

Okay, here's the second question: how natural is the term, "natural" in your mind? When people speak, they move their heads on all the different axes, they may smile, they may purse their lips, etc.

So one's lips move in three dimensions during natural speech.

If I sought lips that moved in a truly natural fashion, I'd be tempted to use chroma-key lipstick on a real actor doing the dialog. And I might be alarmed that when the actor speaks consonants like "f" or "th" ov "v", it looks weird.

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Scott Green
Re: Animating an illustrated pair of lips
on Aug 1, 2013 at 10:47:04 am

I did plan to film a person speaking a few words and moving points on the lips to follow. Yes I imagine that being able to move such points in 3D space would be an advantage and look move natural.

I'm not going to be animating lots of words, just a few, so what do you think my best method would be; to carry on trying with the puppet tool or something else?

Thanks.

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