Category Archives: Walk Cycle(s)

“FrailFred” Walk Cycle

Sketches:

[Fred Sketch]

[Fred walk sketch]

I wanted to have Fred walking, hunched over, and rather flat footed so he is stamping his way.

Process:

  • Started from the feet up
  • Got one foot moving as I wanted then did the opposite for the other foot (make notes on values used because it is very hard to remember and tedious to keep checking)
  • Check the leg movement and adjust if needed
  • Adjust the degree of hip swivel
  • Hunch the back and the shoulders
  • Animate the movement of the shoulders
  • Make the fingers curl in on themselves to look like the man has arthritis
  • Get the arms to swing starting at the top, down to the wrist (adjusted last)
  • Tweak any awkward movements

Starting out:

Feet movement (side view) : https://youtu.be/l8RxGMgJrxI

Feet movement (front view) : https://youtu.be/jRSQd5TsLII

Hips (front view) : https://youtu.be/Z8yEo0xFaww

Upper half (side view) : https://youtu.be/NhBh25mLB9U

Full body (side view) : https://youtu.be/oc7i045jies

Outcomes:

Feet (side view) : https://youtu.be/hGHOyDzyHRc

Full Body (front view) : https://youtu.be/O42___eQuuU

Full body (perspective) : https://youtu.be/UbtYQ8oeh2Y

Shoulders (front view) : https://youtu.be/jRLFszNULN8

Full body (side view) : https://youtu.be/wWlGmrFxILI

Top half (front view) : https://youtu.be/2g6luugfrGI

Hips (front view) : https://youtu.be/NK2_DrIW3FE

Feet (front view): https://youtu.be/qO2ux2OGsXY

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Walk Cycle Research

I found these resources (cited below) to be particularly good in working out how to make the character walk not only believably but in a way that conveyed it’s persona.

Citation;

Draw with Jazza. (2012). How To Animate – Walk Cycle FBF (Frame by Frame). Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzhjNele4_A. Last accessed 9th Aug 2015.

Jasmin, F. (2010). A Walk Cycle Tutorial. Available: http://www.fjasmin.net/walk_cycle_tutorial/index.html. Last accessed 9th Aug 2015.

Williams, R. (2001). Walks. The Animator’s Survival Kit. London: Faber and Faber. p102-173.