Leveraging the Talent of Hand Animators to Create Three-Dimensional Animation
Eakta Jain, Yaser Sheikh, Jessica K. Hodgins
Proc. ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation (2009)
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The skills required to create compelling three-dimensional animation using computer software are quite different from those required to create compelling hand animation with pencil and paper. The three-dimensional medium has several advantages over the traditional medium- it is easy to relight the scene, render it from different viewpoints, and add physical simulations. In this work, we propose a method to leverage the talent of traditionally trained hand animators to create three-dimensional animation, while allowing them to work in the medium that is familiar to them. The input to our algorithm is a set of hand-animated frames. Our key insight is to use motion capture data as a source of domain knowledge and 'lift' the two-dimensional animation to three dimensions, while maintaining the unique style of the input animation. A motion capture clip is projected to two dimensions, the limbs are aligned with the hand-drawn frames, and then the motion is reconstructed into three dimensions. We demonstrate our algorithm on a variety of hand animated motion sequences on different characters, including ballet, a stylized sneaky walk, and a sequence of jumping jacks.

Eakta Jain, Yaser Sheikh, Jessica K. Hodgins (2009). Leveraging the Talent of Hand Animators to Create Three-Dimensional Animation. Proc. ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation.

@inproceedings{Jain:2009:Lifting,
author = "Eakta Jain and Yaser Sheikh and Jessica K. Hodgins",
title = "Leveraging the Talent of Hand Animators to Create Three-Dimensional Animation",
year = "2009",
month = aug,
booktitle = "Proc. ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation",
links = "http://graphics.cs.cmu.edu/projects/lifting2d3d/",
}