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Animation Training 1 – Anime Studio Tutorials & More
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Animation Training 1

How to make a cartoon arm:

 

I’ll demonstrate an arm in Anime Studio, but it’s the same for Creatoon, Toon Boom, or any other program.  The only difference may be how you rig it.

Here’s what the cartoon arm looks like when it’s assembled:

cartoon arm together

To make the arm versatile, it should be made from 3 pieces; a hand, forearm, and upper arm.  The upper arm and forearm should be symetrical shapes.  This allows the arm to change direction without having to make a switch layer for the different pieces.

3 arm pieces separated
3 arm pieces separated

The arm is able to change direction easily, just by switching the hand.  One the arm breaks the plane of what’s natural, we change the hand layer make the forearm and upper arm look correct.  See the examples below:

Watch his left arm
Watch his left arm
It's almost not natural looking in this position.
It’s almost not natural looking in this position.
Arm has broken the natural plane, so we SWITCH THE HAND ONLY.
Arm has broken the natural plane, so we SWITCH THE HAND ONLY.
You may want to tweek the different parts, but overall, this is a very versatile arm rig.
I hope this helped everyone!

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