Tracer. Arguably the most iconic character in Overwatch. She is on the box art after all. She’s cool, she’s funny, she’s spunky, she’s
unique, and you can get all this just by looking at her at a glance. But, how does one go about making a character
with this much personality SO recognizable? Well I’m going to tell you how because this
is… First of all, a little bit of character design
101. Now, who is this character? It’s MARI-OH GOD. What happened? Well anyway, if a character is designed well
you should be able to tell who they are JUST by looking at their silhouette, or the basic
shapes that make up that silhouette. And this isn’t even one of his iconic poses
he’s just kinda standing there at an angle and you STILL knew it was Mario. And if you DIDNT… stop this video right
now and go play a Mario game. Then work aaaall the way up the timeline till
Overwatch. Ok? Ok. Let’s take these beautiful concept illustrations
by Arnold Tsang and silhouette them out. You can still totally tell who every character
is, even when they’re not next to each other. This is really important in character design
because you want every character to be recognizable at a quick glance. In fact, every characters in game assets were
created completely from scratched. That means all the character models and animations
were made from the ground up to fit each character’s unique style and personality. Normally, base assets for game characters
are copy and pasted. That’s how you end up with weird quirks like
ALL the men AND women characters being the exact same height. Hey, remember when Ubisoft said animating
women was hard? LOL! Now lets take just the tank characters. You’ll notice right off the bat, they’re huge. But not only are they tall, they’re also much
wider than the other characters. They’re intimidating. You don’t want to fuck with these guys. You’ll find most of their weight in the middle,
in their core, and it’ll need to be distributed downward to the legs in order to hold all
that weight, with the exception of DVA because she’s pretty light on her feet. Now lets look at the offensive characters. Offense is a pretty broad roll, but more or
less these characters are looking a lot more… human shaped. Now of all of these, you can probably tell
right away which one is the fastest. It’s the small size and the long skinny legs
that give it away. She’s like, what 70% leg? Tracer’s pose here is also one of energy and
friendliness. She’s completely open. She’s waving. She doesn’t even have a weapon in her hand. Then you have the polar opposite here with
McCree. Hand in front of his face, he’s peaking out
from under his hat. He’s closed off. McCree is strictly business. Another major factor in character design is
head shape. Think about it, a person’s HEAD is the first
thing you look at… most of the time. Comeonnow. Eyes up. What are you doing? Across the entire roster of Overwatch characters
we have many head shapes. But let’s take a look at JUST the head shapes
of all of the offensive characters. Some much more anthropomorphic than others. Here we’ve outlined the basic head shape,
and what features DEFINE them. Genji is defined by his angular armor and
V shaped eye slits. McCree is defined by his giant hat that cuts
right across his face. Pharrah is perhaps the most basic with her
helmet off. Her helmet adds a lot more angles, but leaves
her jaw exposed. More on that in a minute. Reaper’s head shape is probably the most obscure. He has a normal shaped head under all that stuff there,
but I’d say the triangular hood is what defines the basic shape. You can see it especially well after you silhouette him out. Soldier 76 is defined by his visor. Men tend to have harder, more angular jaws
while women tend to have more rounded jaws. That’s why Pharah having her jaw exposed makes
sense. If we left it up to the basic head shapes,
then thats it, all the men would look more or less the same, and all the women would
look more or less the same. Now with all that said, we’re left with Tracer. Tracer is defined by her goggles and more
prominently her spiky hair. It’s what helps you notice her at a glance. It helps you pick her out of a lineup super
easily. Hell you can even pick her out of a lineup
of other spiky haired characters because of the unique shape of her spikes. THATS how effective this design is. Her physical appearance isn’t the only thing
that gives her personality. They had to take all this personality and
apply it to her animation. She’s ready to go, knees bent down low, she’s
itching to get started. She’s FAST, but LIGHT and floaty. Her jump gives her a lot of hang time and
slams her down, but she catches it with her legs cause they’re STRONG as FUCK. One unique thing about the animation of Overwatch
is that every character model rig has what they call “noodle bones,” or simply adjustable
bones so you can do stuff like THIS! This allows the type of smear frames you’d
see in 2D animation like anime. It allows animators to give their work some
extra life, some more bounce and character. Being able to squash and stretch objects and
characters at will is part of what make’s Overwatch’s in game animation look so cinematic. It’s all about those little details. And you can see those details in her jump
animation. Look at that… HORRIFIC looking torso. Tracers run cycle show’s her floatiness. She almost looks like she’s gliding along. Her legs are coming up high and she has a
slight bounce so she’s definitely pushing herself, but her feet look like they’re just
skimming the ground. Very very graceful. We can compare this to the polar opposite,
Reinhardt. You can totally FEEL the weight here as he
SLAMS down, almost like the animation speeds up at the end of each step. It’s ALMOST as if, you can tell a little bit
about the characters just from their RUN cycle. HEH!? HEH!? (yaknowwhatimean?) If you think about it, this game is really
all about the characters. It’s a team based shooter with like, 2 game
modes. The variety comes from switching between all
these unique characters. We feel like we know them, even though there’s
so little information about any of them. All we have to go on are their voice lines,
and of course, their design and animation. Ok some of them have these animated shorts
that are like REALLY cool and emotional and breathtaking but even THOSE don’t give that
much away. If anything they’re more of a celebration
of these character’s design and animation! And all of these traits being applied to Tracer’s
design and animation are what make her so easily recognizable, so easily readable at
first glance. It’s what makes us fall in love with some
of these characters even though we have very little to go on. And this type of emotional connection is what
sets Overwatch apart from all of the other hero based shooters. That and the perfect balance between game
types. And you know, that it’s a GOOD GAME. I’m sorry. ANYWAY WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK about Tracer’s
design and animation? If you liked this video and want to see more
like it please give it a like and write in the comments GUYS I LIKED THIS AND I WANT
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ShoddyCast · November 7, 2016 at 10:17 pm

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WiredInRogue · November 19, 2016 at 10:31 pm

wow amazing vid, really want to see more like this

Mkilbride2599 · November 20, 2016 at 2:17 am

Couldn't resist a pot-shot at Battleborn, eh?

Noddle · November 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Guys hey I like this video and I wanna see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs & Kisses

-Bob ILY <3 : D !

Hector Garfria · November 22, 2016 at 6:03 am

Fun fact: Tracer is a huge chore to play against and the more you play the louder your pained groans become when you face better and better tracers

TheLastAlliance · November 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Austin! Make a video about soldier 76 Helix rocket science! Since it seems like gravity doesn't affect it. How fast is it possibly coming out of his gun, etc! That would be kool! 🙂

Titus Foster · November 23, 2016 at 10:08 pm

Guys hey I like this video and I wanna see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs & Kisses

-Bob ILY

yfset8 · November 26, 2016 at 9:53 am

Please do more art videos!

JudoUdo · November 26, 2016 at 1:10 pm

more pls

Kdn · November 28, 2016 at 5:05 am

Lol the bias is real

IAmEvilTree · November 30, 2016 at 5:53 pm

Really liked this, I've heard about that silhouette design base when I heard they used it when designing Mega Man characters.
Would love to see more of these, you already satisfy my inner scientist now you could satisfy my inner artist.

Shin Srada · December 2, 2016 at 11:03 am

HEY GUYS do more..

Daniel Gális · December 3, 2016 at 10:35 am

Guys hey I like this video and i wanna see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs & Kisses

-Daniel ILY <3 : D !

Lemon Bread · December 4, 2016 at 3:52 am

good video yes

reptilian solder 107 107 · December 4, 2016 at 5:01 am

she's hot

Michelle Jones · December 4, 2016 at 5:34 am

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It’s Only Devon · December 5, 2016 at 10:07 pm

I clicked on this video thinking, "EWWWW…Art. That's not SCIENCE!" But I was genuinely impressed by the information.

Jerry Meehan Jr · December 6, 2016 at 12:46 am

This was awesome!!! More of these please!!!! 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌

Jack Bowers · December 8, 2016 at 3:27 am

Great breakdown!

Would love to see more.

Jay Booker · December 8, 2016 at 7:40 am

guys hey I like this video and I really really wanna see more like this. it's like my art lectures but…fun

Regi II · December 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Loooove the neat tricks in this vid, (how to make a character) plz do much much more!

love and kisses //^w^//
– Reggie

Steelshot · December 10, 2016 at 6:58 pm


Zendakon · December 12, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Did anybody else think it was Fix-It Felix?

Jeremy Fox · December 13, 2016 at 11:16 pm

I'm a big Wulf Den fan, love all of those guys video – great to see one of the pair on other channels. Love the content, strong always! Keep em coming, I'lll sub to this channel for the Wulf Den!

Hiro · December 15, 2016 at 1:23 am

stop screaming while you talk, please.

Purslane Campion · December 16, 2016 at 12:47 am

I would really appreciate if you made something similar about character design and animation in an exemplary, contemporary 2d game (owlboy/banner saga/ori/anything you deem worthy)

cbrown · December 21, 2016 at 10:47 pm

They've done it.
They've made the internet like her more.

Lotadfrom6gen · December 22, 2016 at 1:58 am

She is ALSO gay…

Dada · December 23, 2016 at 6:35 pm

she is gay

Phoenixium · December 24, 2016 at 9:31 am

Guys hey I like this video and I wanna see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs & More Hugs

-Cyber ILY <3 D !

Revolio Clockberg Jr. · December 27, 2016 at 11:07 am

Shoddy. Are you tellin me teacher is a super saiyan?

Saturn · December 28, 2016 at 4:09 am

what do I think about the animation? STRONG AS FUCK

701468392523816070046289411368222507496286869371438642749038614J · December 29, 2016 at 6:57 pm

Always felt Tracer was a play on the English Parkour community.
– Shes the fastest and most agile character.
– She has a pure runners physique because of it.
– Someone who practices Parkour is called a Tracer.
– All the crumpets and tea banter.

– Kind of wish they gave her hanzo's ability to run up walls, but ganeplay wise, I feel I'd be too much agility for one character.
– Those shoes! Sombra has shoes that are far more suited for a runner of any kind when compared to Tracers… Crocks….

awesomeness Aaron · December 31, 2016 at 9:45 pm

I love your vids

Robno · January 2, 2017 at 1:43 am

dam this was a really good vid

Cole Vetter · January 2, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Guys hey I like this video and I wanna see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs & Kisses


Derek Barnett · January 7, 2017 at 12:01 am

Guys hey I like this video and I wanna see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs & Kisses

-Bob ILY <3 : D !

Rexxar · January 7, 2017 at 7:53 pm

7:20 wait are you saying battleborn's not good, have u even played the game, i love that game bro. Wish could play it a little more often but you know player base and shit, i knid of dont wanna play against people literally around the world

raionik · January 11, 2017 at 5:13 am

2:00 "you don't want to fuck with this guys" xdxdxddx

clorox wipe · January 13, 2017 at 2:17 pm

ass ass ass ass ass3

Gingah Ninja · January 15, 2017 at 10:36 pm

Guys hey I like this video and I want to see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs & Kisses

-Bob ILY <3 : D !

Mint Willow · January 16, 2017 at 6:59 pm

I never even played overwatch or know much about Tracer but this video is amazing and I already love her

Piccadilly · January 19, 2017 at 6:16 am

Guys hey I like this video and I wanna see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs & Kisses

-Piccadilly ILY <3 😀 !

nettebco · January 20, 2017 at 3:45 am

And shes GAY

I_want_ that_hat · January 24, 2017 at 1:44 am

3:08 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA i was looking down

JaximusPrimeRib · January 29, 2017 at 6:54 am

Guys hey I like this video and I wanna see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs & Kisses

Hanniffy Dinn · February 20, 2017 at 1:33 pm

British babes.

CyberLitaBot · March 19, 2017 at 12:45 am

thank you this good information. X)

Sarah Santos · March 20, 2017 at 4:28 am

Guys hey I like this video and I wanna see more like it please thanks so much. Hugs & Kisses

MartinJ · March 22, 2017 at 4:14 am

Guys hey I like this video and I wanna see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs & Kisses

-Bob ILY <3 : D !

Avi Kohl · March 22, 2017 at 5:24 am

Were the f-bombs necessary?

ShadowAxon · March 25, 2017 at 8:23 pm

See this is a good video.

Vindicated Entertainment · April 6, 2017 at 4:49 pm

Subscribed because I came across this video and love it. I'd absolutely love an in depth analysis on Overwatch's characters vs. Battleborn's and why they worked for the former and not so much for the latter.

Sarah Baldwin · April 7, 2017 at 11:00 pm

Guys hey I like this video and I wanna see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs and Kisses

-Bob ILY <3 : D !

Roadie Dave · April 23, 2017 at 8:52 am

But what makes Tracer so lovable?

Lulu Salom · May 9, 2017 at 10:34 am

Thats awesome , just what i looked for my whole life , thank you !
Hugs and kisses :*

Theo Miller · May 19, 2017 at 6:04 pm

Guys hey I like this video and I wanna see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs & Kisses

-Bob ILY <3 😀 !

Stin Haffin · May 23, 2017 at 11:46 am

6:42 All we have to do was follow the damn train, CJ!

Yarne · May 26, 2017 at 12:27 pm

She's gorgeous she's gay and she makes no goddamn sense!

leyen · June 10, 2017 at 6:25 pm

we need more the art of stuff videos this is great

Damian The great · June 11, 2017 at 3:50 am

Her ass is nice

Zebith · June 21, 2017 at 8:09 pm

Genji is faster than tracer when just running.

Mete · June 29, 2017 at 12:43 pm

It is obvious that she is a lesbian.

Tricia W. · July 2, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Dont forget the comics 😀

Beilly Zhu · July 5, 2017 at 10:46 am

This is just my opinion, but you are screaming really loud

Lucas Games253 · July 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm


mikedimples · July 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

I love this analyzing of the Overwatch art and animation, love to see more

JT · July 25, 2017 at 6:06 am

70% leg. Hahahahahahah

Matthew Johnston · July 31, 2017 at 2:07 am

6:50 the comics

Clickbait Champions · August 11, 2017 at 2:15 am


Jazz Art · August 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm

Guys hey I like this video and I wanna see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs & Kisses

-Bob ILY <3 😀 !

Seung Han · August 24, 2017 at 5:45 pm

haha tamagachi and neopets.

Connor McGinty · October 1, 2017 at 11:15 pm

i legit thought it was luigi

FrenchGundam · October 5, 2017 at 6:30 am

Real question, where to learn that kind of details, characters design and stuff, how do an average artist learn thoses kind of thing?

DanielEndless · October 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm

He didn't mention the ASS


annoyedpanda6081 · October 24, 2017 at 9:48 pm

my god you sound like my gym teacher

Reanimated Artist · November 12, 2017 at 4:44 am

Doesn’t he sound like Jon Tron who else thought this

Jai ujjwal · November 19, 2017 at 7:44 pm

hey why is there no more vids
please do more i want more MOORREE!!!!

Elec · November 21, 2017 at 6:34 pm

Omg i love this channel i love design and art thank gid that it gives so funny cool and informant people like u❤❤❤XOXOXO

Liam Savage · November 24, 2017 at 7:45 am

I can't believe there was a video that talked about Tracers design and stuff without talking about her butt

LemonPie · November 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Reinhardt's most weight isn't found on his chest area, It's in his huge gigantic 60 year old balls

A P · December 2, 2017 at 10:59 pm

Ok great video and all but… why is he yelling? It's distracting.

Santiago de la Puente · December 26, 2017 at 8:53 am

Nice video
Hope there will be more

CocaKoolAid · December 28, 2017 at 9:21 pm

You forgot to say lesbian

Zucar .Z · January 4, 2018 at 5:49 pm

Does anyone know the program with which it was made?

notacreature · January 9, 2018 at 7:02 am

Guys hey I like this video and I wanna see more like it please thanks so much

Hugs & Kisses

-Bob ILY <3 😀 !

I Velvet I · January 17, 2018 at 5:06 am


Der Saed · March 22, 2018 at 9:30 pm

They really got a lot from Team Fortress 2 and ramped it up to 11.

YoungStepFather · April 13, 2018 at 2:37 am

Use the color yellow thats it.

Cassan Q · April 16, 2018 at 11:20 pm

4:25 I think you meant sonic

Collapse Quadrant · May 22, 2018 at 1:31 am

0:39 did any one else say Luigi 🤣

Melon candle · May 22, 2018 at 3:47 am

Do you play fun tun 2

Erin Eclair · May 23, 2018 at 6:45 am

that was well explained. :O thank you so much. learned new stuff : noodle bones!

thedabcrab 3 · June 9, 2018 at 1:04 am

Tracer is not a good character she is not funny or cool I mean how many times have we had this clishe character

A Duck · August 14, 2018 at 7:08 pm

Tracers butt makes my penis become the big penis

Liam Crutchfield · January 4, 2019 at 3:03 am

But her ass?

The Furriner794 · January 8, 2019 at 4:34 pm

But then Blizzard made her a lesbian just for the sake of political brownie points. What a waste of a good character.

Blazingle · April 16, 2019 at 7:12 pm

I'm already Tracer

Rainy Akash · June 23, 2019 at 5:27 pm

u r in love with Tracer

Charlie Scene · July 9, 2019 at 2:35 pm

I just love Tracer, her personality shes just lovely and i dont even play overwatch

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