I created an animated Jar Jar Binks character rig in After Effects for my friend’s Star Wars fan film
This was the first time I’ve used After Effects for character animation, I really enjoyed it and plan to use it heavily for other projects.
Base illustration to establish posture and character:
Here I separate out the pieces for parenting (joints) in After Effects. The bright colors are only for legibility and to see if I encounter any issues with the silhouette. If it looks good, I draw right over the layers in the source PSD and it updates automatically. The tongue ended up too distracting so I cut it out. Ewww.
Detail of several overlapping pieces. Even though the nostril has no movement, it had to be a separate layer to allow the overlap of the upper lip.