Tag Archives: walk cycle

Character/personality walk cycles

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/

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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
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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:

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(It is in 15fps, definitely shoot your own material)

Animating a quadruped

For the next 4 weeks we’ll be animating a dog walk cycle. I spent today doing a bit of research and found some things I thought were worth sharing.

Eadwaerd Muybridge‘s Animals In Motion has been (legally) scanned and uploaded by Cornell University: http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/k/kmoddl/toc_muybridge1.html

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Animationmeat also has some (presumably) Glen Keane notes on animating & drawing quadrupeds: http://www.animationmeat.com/pdf/featureanimation/4leg.pdf

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Presentation slides by Dr Stuart Sumida.04_sumida

Animating Animals: Tips and Tricks to Animating Believable Animal Characters in a Live Action Feature by William Groebe

Richard Williams talks about animating a horse walk cycle

Animating a dog walk from Richard Williams’ Survival Kit (now also an iPad app)

Compare that with Preston Blair’s dog walk from his book Cartoon Animation

Some pencil studies for 101 Dalmations by Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnson, Milt Kahl and Marc Davis via Andreas Deja’s blog.

Dog skeleton running by Glassworks

Interactive dog skeleton in 3D view
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Tutorial: How to Key a Dog’s Walk by Josh Wedlake

101 Dalmatians walk cycle
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Research: Quadruped Locomotion – Musings About Running Dogs

An article on dog walks: 41% of museums don’t know how dogs actually walk