The three current human commanders in System Siege are Valerie Winters, Viktor Bors and Tony Ortiz (shown left to right in the gif below). Each commander has a distinct personality and skill set. This post will cover the creation of the commander animated portraits and expressions.
To begin, each commander has a static portrait that represents their neutral expression:
These portraits are then given a subtle looping animation to add life and interest to the commanders:
In addition to the neutral portraits, 6 additional expressions are needed to compliment the commander interaction and dialogue. The additional expressions are shocked, angry, happy, sad, confused, and an excited ‘power ready’ expression:
Each expression is then given the same subtle animation treatment as the neutral portraits above. The end result is shown in the gif below: