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Blender 2.8 Game Character Creation

Learn to Create Game Characters with Blender 2.8 and Unity
Instructor:
Darrin Lile
6,566 students enrolled
English [Auto]
3D Modeling in Blender 2.8
UV Mapping
Texturing and Sculpting
Baking a Normal Map
Rigging a Character in Blender 2.8
Animating a 2D Face with Grease Pencil
Creating Animation Cycles for a Video Game
Exporting a Character and Animations from Blender 2.8 to Unity
Creating a C# Script in Unity to Control a Game Character

In this course we’ll create a game character using Blender 2.8, and we’ll export it to Unity and configure it so we can control it in the game engine.

Throughout the course, you will learn:

  • 3D Modeling in Blender 2.8

  • UV Mapping

  • Texturing and Sculpting

  • Baking a Normal Map

  • Rigging a Character in Blender 2.8

  • Animating a 2D Face with Grease Pencil

  • Creating Animation Cycles for a Video Game

  • Exporting a Character and Animations from Blender 2.8 to Unity

  • Creating a C# Script in Unity to Control a Game Character

Beginning with the modeling, we’ll use Blender 2.8 to build all the individual pieces of a Lego character. And then you’ll learn how to UV map each of the parts, and then create an efficient, unified UV map of the entire character. We will use Blender’s texture painting tools to create the clothes of the character, and we’ll use the sculpt tools to create the high res details of the hair. You’ll then learn how to bake a normal map in Blender and apply the textures to the character model.

Next, we’ll work on rigging the character. We will begin with a single bone, and create the rig manually, so you can see how a character rig is built from the ground up. You’ll learn how to create a Foot Roll Rig and how to use Blender 2.8’s new process for creating Custom Shapes to control the character.

Once the rig is done, I’ll show you a cool technique, using Blender 2.8’s new Grease Pencil tools, to animate both a 2D drawn face and a 3D body at the same time. With this technique, we will create the character’s Idle, Run, and Jump animations, ready to be used in a game engine.

You will then learn how to export the character, animations, and textures out of Blender and bring them into the Unity game engine. And here you will learn how to set-up the character in the game and even how to retarget third-party animations onto our character, using Unity’s Humanoid Rig system.

Finally, we will write a simple C# script to incorporate our 2D and 3D animations, and get the character running around the level.

If you’ve ever wanted to create a game character, and are interested in getting up to speed in Blender 2.8, then this course is for you. So join me as we create a game character in Blender 2.8.

Introduction

1
Introduction

Modeling the Character

1
Modeling the Head
2
Creating the Torso
3
Modeling the Legs
4
Creating the Arm
5
Beginning the Hand
6
Finishing the Hand
7
Beginning the Hair
8
Finishing the Hair

UV Mapping

1
UV Mapping the Hips
2
UV Mapping the Head and Torso
3
UV Mapping the Leg and Arm
4
Creating a Unified UV Map

Texture Painting and Sculpting

1
Beginning to Texture Paint
2
Finishing the Base Colors
3
Painting the Jacket Detail
4
Texturing the Zipper and Belt
5
Adding Sculpt Detail to the Hair
6
Baking a Normal Map

Rigging the Character

1
Beginning the Rig
2
Creating the Arm and Leg Bones
3
Adjusting Roll and Mirroring
4
Binding the Character to the Rig
5
Weight Painting the Character
6
Adjusting and Testing Weights
7
Setting Up IK Legs
8
Creating the Foot Roll Bones
9
Foot Roll Parenting and Constraints
10
Setting Up the Toe and Knee Controls
11
Finishing the Weight Painting
12
Beginning the Control Object Bones
13
Finishing the Control Object Bones
14
Mirroring and Parenting Control Bones
15
Placing the Custom Shapes
16
Finishing the Rig

Animating the Character

1
Setting Up for Animation
2
Finishing the Interface Set-up
3
Drawing the 2D Face
4
Creating the Idle Animation
5
Animating the Head Turns and Blinks
6
Rendering and Testing the 2D Animation
7
Starting the Run Animation Cycle
8
Continuing the Run Animation
9
Finishing the Run Cycle
10
Creating the Jump Animation
11
Animating the Face for the Jump

Character Set-up in Unity

1
Exporting Assets to Unity
2
Creating and Importing the Sprite Sheets
3
Configuring the Character in Unity
4
Retargeting Third Party Animations
5
Setting Up the Animator Controller
6
Beginning the Player Script
7
Animating the Sprite Sheets
8
Activating the Face Objects
9
Configuring the Character Movement
10
Conclusion
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