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Walk cycles. How did the pros do it?

Postby Jagmaster » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:58 pm

I would recommend anyone trying to animate a two legged walk cycle, who is not satisfied with their work, to take a look at this sample from Preston Blair's famous Cartoon Animating how-to book. It is said that this book should be in the hands of every animation student.

According to Angry Animator The most important frame in a walk cycle is the one where the heel of the foot touches the ground. Others may disagree, but if you don't get this frame just right, your whole animation will be off, and it will be very difficult to draw the recoil frame and others.
Also notice that the head doesn't stay in the exact same spot, but rather makes a curving line, determined by the intensity of the walk.

Of course, ol' Preston didn't give us a completely fluid cycle in his example. In order for it to loop smoothly, one would simply find the frame in the middle that resembles the first, then animate the previous frames only for the other legs/arms.

The rest should be self-explanatory. However, if you find yourself lost, here is a more in-depth tutorial

I have certainly learned a lot from just studying this image, I'm still learning, and I will continue to learn probably forever. Even the animators at Disney had more to learn once Pixar came into the picture! Now that I look at this again, It seems I need to practice my walk cycles now. :lol:

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Re: Walk cycles. How did the pros do it?

Postby SuperSonic » Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:16 pm

Jagmaster wrote:Preston Blair's famous Cartoon Animating how-to book

I've read that book^^

I've never bought it though (I should) :P
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Re: Walk cycles. How did the pros do it?

Postby Jagmaster » Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:20 pm

Yes, book is amazing. I could never do a walk cycle at all before seeing this illustration. ^^
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Re: Walk cycles. How did the pros do it?

Postby hunter84 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:25 pm

that seems like a good book ill look for it at the library :D
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Re: Walk cycles. How did the pros do it?

Postby SuperSonic » Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:27 pm

Yeah, it helped me too^^
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Postby master0500 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:21 am

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Postby Hblade » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:26 pm

lol I +1'd you deserved it in my opinion xD You has no bunneh? We must get you a bunny! :)
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Re: Walk cycles. How did the pros do it?

Postby SuperSonic » Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:33 pm

master0500 wrote:Wow, i am like the only person who doesn't have bunny in there signature

:shock:
This is bad. This is very bad. You need to find a bunny. And fast. Before the world comes to an end XD
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Re: Walk cycles. How did the pros do it?

Postby Jagmaster » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:20 pm

One week, I had an invisible bunny in my sig, and no one noticed. :cry:
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Re: Walk cycles. How did the pros do it?

Postby SuperSonic » Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:21 pm

Jagmaster wrote:One week, I had an invisible bunny in my sig, and no one noticed. :cry:
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Haha, I didn't see it until I highlited it XD
Jagmaster wrote:Edit: Bunnies are going to dominate every topic now?
I guess it's Wabbit season.

Yeah, the bunny thing was quite for a good while. People were just posting bunny in their sigs. But now suddenly it has become a rave haha XD
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Re: Walk cycles. How did the pros do it?

Postby MrJolteon » Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:28 pm

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Re: Walk cycles. How did the pros do it?

Postby SuperSonic » Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:35 pm

Haha, I read your sig XD
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Postby MrJolteon » Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:47 pm

Damn, no one ever picks the F13 option...
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Re: Walk cycles. How did the pros do it?

Postby SuperSonic » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:15 pm

Yeah, it is haha^^

@Jag: Do you do pencil animation? :)
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Re: Walk cycles. How did the pros do it?

Postby Jagmaster » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:52 pm

Hmm, If you mean Old style, traditional animating; not really all that much. I used to make flip books out of business cards. :lol:
If you mean the program pencil, no. It's too glitchy for me. :P

For now, I'm doing a lot of cut-out animations for my various sprites. It's easier and faster to do things that way. ;)
I really should do some traditional animation in the near future. First, I'd need a big pad of tracing paper.

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