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2D character animation with DragonBones and Inkscape

——   Created by István Szép

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In this course you will learn how to combine two amazing free programs to create smooth and flexible 2D game character animations!

Inkscape is a free and open-source Vector Illustration software.

With it you can create versatile, ready to use character designs in no time! 

Draw anything, export in any size - Perfect for 2D game design!

There are several great courses published about Inkscape, but in this one you can learn how to create a character and make it ready to animate!

DragonBones is a free 2D Skeletal Animation program. 

Import your character parts, create the bone system and animate! It is really this easy!

The standalone version just came out at the end of 2016, so this is the first full and comprehensive English course about DragonBones! There are only a very few DragonBones tutorial online, if you want to learn the software, this is a good place to start!

During this game animation course you will

  • design a simple knight character in Inkscape (feel free to design your very own character using the same method!)
  • export the character properly to be used with DragonBones
  • assemble the character and build up the skeletal structure
  • create and use meshes to animate soft bodies, like cape and hair
  • create four basic animations for the same character: idle, walk, attack, die (more will be added later!)
  • easily modify your character to a totally new version, while keeping all the animations!

The course is mostly about DragonBones, so you will need some basic Inkscape knowledge to follow the design part at the start!

Follow the course and ask me anything as you develop your animations! 

23 Lessons

2 mins
Course introduction
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2 mins
Before you start
free preview
12 mins
Design the knight character in Inkscape - part 1
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15 mins
Design the knight character in Inkscape - part 2
10 mins
Drawing the knight - part 3
7 mins
Exporting from Inkscape for animation
3 mins
Welcome to DragonBones
8 mins
Import and assemble your character to DragoneBones
11 mins
Create the bone system for your character
4 mins
Use video references
8 mins
Our very first animation
10 mins
Idle animation
12 mins
Creating a mesh
14 mins
Animating more soft parts with mesh editing
19 mins
Character walk cycle in DragonBones - part 1 the first step
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About the instructor

István  Szép
István Szép
  • 4 courses

I am a graphic designer and design teacher from Budapest. I draw cute characters and clever logos, build websites and sometimes videogames. My main tool …

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