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Beef Jerky (without the Jerky this time)

It’s been a while since my last update, but don’t fret because I’m still poking around with animation on GIMP.

As you can see I didn’t bother drawing it traditionally this time. I don’t really have the equipment for that; like a light box or tracing paper (which is surprisingly hard to find in stationary shops)

I watched one or two clips on youtube of lions walking and stuff, but to be honest watching my own pets was even more helpful.

Anyway last night I created this:

That was 9 frames; oh joy! But so was the last one, however. Anyway, after doing that one I noticed a few things; firstly this character has a limp!

I don’t want him to limp. There’s nothing wrong with any of his legs.

Why does he look like he has a limp? Watch the movement of the head; it only bobs down when one front foot touches the ground. If you watch an animal that has no problem walking you’ll see that they do this with both feet usually - though it’s a tiny movement so it’s hardly that noticeable.

Not only that but if you watch the back legs it looks like he has one stiff leg as well. How do I describe this one in a way that makes sense? With difficulty really.

Just before the back leg is lifted off the ground (or rather stretched out away from the body), the base of his spine should really slope down a little bit towards the ground as each leg does this in turn.

Here’s the same walk cycle, but with a few rectifications:

I’ve doubled the number of frames to 18 by adding an extra frame between each of the frames in the last one. The result is a slightly smoother walk cycle.

I tried to fix the bobbing of the head, and also the rear (heh! Doesn’t quite work the way I want it to.)

Another thing you should note: the walk slightly is still a bit off, but I’m working on getting my timing right. The back legs should really be moving a few more frames ahead of the front ones (that probably makes no sense, but it’s the best I can do).

And here’s that tutorial in deviantArt again: lrdkazul.deviantart.com/art/Walk-Cycle-Tutorial-38405925

Until the next time I post.




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