Really enjoyed the animation in Hotel Transylvania so decided to break down some of the walks and find what I liked about them or what gives them character.
I decided to collate some references for when thinking about what character/personality walk you want to do. Just sitting outside and observing people around you as I did recently will bring out a whole variety of walks. Films also have a never ending number of personality walks, compare how Wreck it Ralph walks for example to Vanellope and you’ll see two distinct characters.
If you use one references below I recommend using it just to get some ideas and then shoot your own footage, you’ll end up having a more unique base to build from.
I also like how in this clip around the 33 second mark Richard Williams recommends mimicking how a person walks, in order to really get a feel of the body mechanics at work:
A great blog with some animated walk cycles: http://walk-cycle-depot.blogspot.jp/
From Preston Blair’s Cartoon Animation book:
Endless reference has a few good walk cycle reference clips on youtube. Check out their channel.
How to walk in high heels:
How to walk with a cane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFMEmG6YKDI
Charlie Chaplin walking:
Seven Dwarfs (around 2:00 mark)
Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks
A few student reference videos with a variety of walks:
Decided to shoot a few people walking while I was having a coffee.
I tried to snip together a variety of walks, adults, children, walking sticks, high heels, carrying babies, pushing prams, etc. Will upload the .mov in the next couple of days.
Class 01 is done!
I’ve learnt a hell of a lot over the past 12 weeks, it’s really filled in a lot of tiny gaps in my understanding of animation and am looking forward to the jump in difficulty of Class 02.
Tim’s tips for anyone in/looking to do Class 01:
– Simple is best. I think class 01 is all about fundamentals, learn to nail them before trying to wow the world.
– Use your peers. Get a peer buddy, join Facebook groups, use your Public Review space and comment on other’s work. The community has really helped me in many ways.
– Use reference material for the pose sketches. The point is to learn how the body acts in the specific states/emotions. Just doing a few sketches off the top of your isn’t really push you to learn new knowledge.