About the Artist
Katherine Dellimore is a 2D digital animator from the UK who specializes in making animated videos and tutorials on YouTube. Many of her followers know her as “KDSKETCH” or “KD” for short. Her YouTube channel focuses on the creation of 2D animation while she elaborates on the process of character design, storyboarding, and various tips for aspiring animators.
Katherine is no stranger to Cartoon Animator (CTA), having experimented with CTA 4 back in 2019. Among her videos, two tutorials stand out the most to us: one introduces CTA’s newer and more advanced features — with lip-sync topping her favorites — and the other demonstrates the use of mocap plugins for creating motion capture animation. She continues to release new tutorial videos regularly, including a recent one highlighting the latest features in version 5, especially vector animation.
Adding Secondary Motion with Spring Bones
In this video, KD demonstrates the benefits of incorporating spring dynamics in 2D character animation to bring objects to life. Using Affinity Designer, she creates a wolf-themed cellular kite with cylindrical sails strung together and rigs the connected sections of the kite with spring bones to make them ripple midair. KD then applies the same concept to human characters with varying hairstyles and bone structures, by adding spring bones to their rigs. The result is a mesmerizing animation that takes characters and props from ordinary to extraordinary, using the quick-and-easy presets in Cartoon Animator.
(Adjust spring editor settings for different hairstyles)
KD is known for her meticulous attention to detail and her ability to convey software features and tips in a way that is easy to understand. If you’re an aspiring animator, this video is a must-watch, and stay tuned for more tutorials, including an exciting one on Free Form Deformation!
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