Monday, 8 February 2010

Final Perspective walk

this is my final perspective walk, i couldnt be more pleased with the way things went on this cycle i think its a good example of a traditional cartoon style confident walk!

A drunk guy, very interesting walk cycle haha!


although looking at other animated walk cycles is good it is also handy to look at live action sequences, one of the best films for walk cycles that i checked out was "the wizard of oz" this is because the film has such a great contrast of characters, the tinman, such a rigid rusty character with very little movement, the lion, a contradiction to the rest of his species he walks with a cower and is always cautious, scarecrow, walks fluently but in some cases off balance because he is made of straw and lastly dorothy walks elegantly and like most young women. unfortunately i couldnt find a better clip of the movie on youtube that i wanted but i found some descent ones nonetheless

I uploaded this video from youtube because i think its a good example as too how such subtle things like the turning of the feet, have to be done just right, if its coming at the camera its gotta be bigger and vice versa, all though it would seem so elementary to make such an obvious mistake i was surprised at how hard it was to get such things correct, walk cycles require a hell of a lot of concentration and although a simple stick figure looks easy it really isn't .

My first walk in Perspective

I had done several perspective walks to begin with without using the graph, i had found it EXTREMELY tricky to get all the dimensions right, the only one i managed to finish and look good was the one below (without grid) i felt i needed to carry this one on because i thought it had potential in the fact that it has a lot of character.


when researching for my perspective walk i had stumbled across another persons blog which i found to be interesting he shows us how to create a perspective grid through toon boom and as that is what i am using i found this to be a very interesting tool. click here to view.

I was also shown at class another great method, which can be found in "the animators survival kit" and it looks a little something like the diagram i drew below:


This is one of my final attempts of a profile walk i like it a lot although thinking about it now a lot more could be added, his back foot could drag and the walk should probably be a bit slower other than that i think its a fun walk and im pleased with it. below is a diagram of the key positions

the diagram is fairly simple but its a method that i know for a fact will work, below is my final result.

I found this on youtube, i really like this walk cycle because it gives the character alot of cockyness and confidence, his arms are brought upright and theres alot of bounce in his steps!!

animated walk cycle done by Allassandra Sorrentino
This was taken from beauty and the beast and although it is not realy a walk cycle theres alot of character in just a few frames, i put this up because i found it inspiring to my project.

Adding a characteristic to my walks

the main thing that defines a person is most probably his/her walk so there are many things to think about in a walk which will in turn define your character, he/she could be:
  • lazy
  • fat
  • thin
  • a baby
  • an old man
  • butch
  • wimpy
  • elegance
  • beauty
  • sexy/seductive
  • etc. the list could go on forever!
so for this i have chosen a rather stereotypical character with some good weight a SUMO WRESTLER!!
i tried to portray how uncomfortable it must be for a sumo wrestler to walk and think about how much movement his legs are doing the most important thing to consider is weight.
first i am going to plan out my frames like so (most people like to just do key positions,i feel alot more comfortable roughly sketching out all the positions it takes longer but its how i choose to work at the moment atleast until i feel more comfortable with the process)

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Eadward Muybridge "Humans In Motion"

These pictures are taken from Eadward Muybridge's "Humans in motion" book a fantastic book for researching walks and i am also curious about checking out his other book "Animals in Motion". Muybridge uses a fast aperture to insure he gets all positions of a walk cycle.

This is my first walk i focused on the key poses and didnt want to concentrate to much on other complicated features such as arms etc, it moves fluently although the back heel randomly kicks in and out at one point

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Midnight Cowboy "hey im walkin here"
This is the basics of a work, including passing positions down positions,up positions. This is an overall guidline of my first walk cycle test just to get the basics right. (pages taken from Richard Williams' "Animators Survival Kit"