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Lip-Sync - Mouth reference


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This goes great with my Eyes tutorial too

I just realised, i forgot the CH sound which would normally go under the SH too.

Also note, these are based on the way i speak and i speak two languages which i regularly mix together in the most confusing manner possible, so there may be subtle differences.

Another thing to keep in mind is how different languages pronounce their letters different e.g Japanese Ls and Rs are the same, in which case you would use the L mouth for a japanese speaking character saying the set of L/R sounds. This chart is based on British-English.

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These are only a very rough guide to the various mouth movements for Lip sync animations with various types of characters. Here, i've done basic mouth shape, then dog-like, then traditional Dragon-like and Bird like for at least some variety. Rough lines (In red) have been left to give an idea of how i've structured the character's mouth.

For the bird, though i've not done it here, it might be a good idea to give it teeth if possible, even though they don't have teeth >< which makes some poses difficult.

A lot of people have asked me about an animation lip sync tutorial. Its something that has me somewhat conflicted, I dislike telling people what i equipment/software I use because i don't want them to think that they must have those things to be able to animate, really you can animate anything as long as you have the initiative to work with what you have or can easily get.

When it comes to Lip-sync however, it is almost imperative that you make yourself a dope sheet of sorts as you will need the timing right down to the frames themselves and this is very difficult to do by ear without special equipment/software. The tutorial i had planned involved a section of me using Papagayo (It's free, just google) to figure out the timings i needed, i recorded this and then suddenly thought that if i included it, it may send out the wrong messages, wheras omitting it would make things a bit confusing and people would be having a lot of difficulty with it.

But then again, perhaps it's only the mouth poses you're having trouble with, in which case, i hope this chart might suffice =p I hope i haven't missed any sounds though.

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could make IPA version?

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As long as credit is given, absolutely! =)

mechaW999's avatar

thank you for making this.

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Do you take art trades or collabs or requests or ideas?

EagleWolfFox's avatar

thanks for advice

Caffeine-Fueled's avatar

Thank you this is incredibly helpful.

Horse24draws's avatar

Thanks for letting us use this. It will be helpful for prac both humanoid and animalistic mouths speaking

YuiKasaki's avatar

love this so much, never been able to find this for a wolf or k9 it really helps but could you one day make two more like this in side view and front view? its hard for me to do it in those ways unless i have a reference.

AzuelZorro102's avatar
I just really have trouble animating birds because they don't have any lips really and can't really emote unless you purposefully cartoonise them, i hate it. THANK you for this!
White-Rat-Projects's avatar
I used the heck out of this
I'll link the final video when it's done
If I remember ^^
DarkmaneTheWerewolf's avatar
Nice =) I hope it was useful to you.
qoldencrowns's avatar
I needed this because I can NEVER find animal lip sync and I dont know how to do it
AnimalLover670's avatar

You have no clue how hard it is to draw the v/f sound!
Nuclearzeon2's avatar
The fun part about lip sync is that, according to former Disney animator Aaron Blaise, you don't have to put that much exaggeration into the mouth movements, because if you look into a mirror, you'll notice that our mouths don't really move that much when we speak. Blaise gave the Muppets as an example, pointing out that it's very easy to understand them despite their mouth movement being a simple opening and closing.
skullpants01's avatar
you have done gods work by adding birds tysm!
Imtheaura's avatar
I don't have a dog oc, but I have a cat oc and this really helps with my animations!
FallBonnie's avatar
Holy crap this'll help so much! Thank youuuuuu! X3
TeaAddict1's avatar
this is really helpful, thank you
Alicornbrodie's avatar
*has canine, Dragon AND bird characters* Well well well! Isn't this a charm of a reference!

Thank you for making this guide, I can animate mah Caroline birb now!
Lid-d's avatar
Very nice ref, especially because my character isn't human (and most lip-sync refs are human lips)
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