Animation Nodes – creating cartoon people

We were commissioned with creating a cartoon style animation to be shown in cinema’s to advertise a local college. Obviously, a college needs students, and the exterior shots called for lots of them. We created various assets to construct each student, like hair types, clothing types etc. However, there were certain combinations that were not allowed. For example, we couldn’t fit an Afro hairstyle underneath hats or a hoodie. To create a large number of students in a short period of time, Animation Nodes was used to generate groups of students that respected our exclusion rules.  With this system, we were also able to add variation into sizes and colors. Furthermore, each student was generated complete with all of the required rigging and animation controls.