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
Animationmeat also has some (presumably) Glen Keane notes on animating & drawing quadrupeds: http://www.animationmeat.com/pdf/featureanimation/4leg.pdf
Presentation slides by Dr Stuart 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
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
Tutorial: How to Key a Dog’s Walk by Josh Wedlake
101 Dalmatians walk cycle
Research: Quadruped Locomotion – Musings About Running Dogs
An article on dog walks: 41% of museums don’t know how dogs actually walk