How to create and animate key poses.
Key poses are the cornerstone of creating a fluid, flowing animation. Knowing how to transition your characters and props across the page is an essential part of the animating process. Get some help bringing your characters to life with our guide to creating and animating key poses.
What is a key pose?
In animation, the key pose is a frame used to denote the important movements taking place within a particular sequence. They’re used to help animators figure out how many different aspects of a scene need to be animated, with unique frames and timings.
For example, if animating a character who is raising a hand, the key poses would illustrate the arm down by their side, at the end of their motion and at a few points in between. Animators take each key pose as a reference point to figure out the rest of the motions in between.