Robot Handspring

A free seminar in 3D keyframe animation using Blender. Sponsored by the student chapter of the ACM.

May 10-11, 2016
MSCS 222, Oklahoma State University
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Dr. David Cline


Alex Perry

Fay Zaher

Patrick Goddard

David Cline


The main thrust of the seminar is to teach keyframe animation based on video reference. We will have a brief introduction to the main editors in Blender, and then delve more deeply into the animation editors. We will be making a simple robot character to animate with, but modelling is not the main topic.

The seminar will take place over 2 days, with a morning and afternoon session each day. Sessions consist of 1 hour lessons where students follow along with the instructor. Although the lessons build on one another, an attendee should be able to jump into any session without trouble. No prior 3D experience is expected.

The seminar will be held in the MAC lab on the second floor of MSCS (room 222).You may use these, or bring your own.

My hope is that at the end of the seminar you will have the tools to make high quality animations in Blender, and a reasonable workflow.


May 10 morning (9:00 - 12:00)

May 10 afternoon (1:00 - 4:00)

May 11 morning (9:00 - 12:00)

May 11 afternoon (1:00 - 4:00)

May 10 morning : (9:00) Intro to Blender and simple modeling


3D view

Object mode



May 10 morning : (10:00) Creating the robot geometry

Edit Mode

Modelling the robot geometry


May 10 - morning : (11:00) Creating a bouncing ball animation

Animation Editors

Bouncing ball animation


May 10 afternoon : (1:00) UV unwrapping and texture painting

UV Unwrapping

Setting up for texture painting in Blender internal

Texture painting in Blender internal

Create Image Stencil Brush

Painting with the Stencil brush

Baking lighting and ambient occlusion


May 10 afternoon : (2:00) Rigging the robot

Create deformation bones

Create control bones

Mirror bones and color them

Parent the armature to the robot


May 10 afternoon : (3:00) Creating a simple walkcycle

Setting up for a walkcycle


May 11 morning : (9:00) Finishing the walkcycle


May 11 morning : (10:00) Setting up for animation by video reference

May 11 morning : (11:00) The blocking pass (key poses)

May 11 afternoon (1:00 - 4:00)

Finish the animation and render it