Freelance motion designer, Emanuele Colombo has started a Character Animation Tips and Tricks series, with the first installment that is meant to cover the basics.

Adding the principles of animation to you work will give it a more polished and professional feel, but what does that mean if you are using After Effects? How do you add squash and stretch, or overlapping action when you are working on character animation?

In some cases you may come to a fork in the road where, you might understand what needs to be done, but not how to do it. This is where Emanuele comes in to demonstrate how you can create squash and stretch, and overlapping action using simple shapes. Once you understand how to get these basic principles down, you can apply them to your character work in After Effects, making your end result much more dynamic.