HEY HEY!! here’s a quick post to let you know that I’m still alive and to share a generic walk cycle reference I’ve just put together for my class. It’s based on one from Richard Williams’ Animators Survival Kit. It broke my heart a little rendering this lifeless generic cycle, but I remember it being super useful when I was first learning and I thought it would work well applied to the chart I made for the morph exercise.
This is designed as a 16 frame loop to make the work manageable for my illustration students. We play the final art back at 18fps so that the timing works. If you want to create a more cinematic walk with accurate timing it should be a 24 frame loop (two inbetweens per pose) and played back at 24fps.
Over the past week I’ve been answering lots of messages about how to start out in learning animation. There’s a million easily accessible ways to start animating, but one of my favourite exercises is the 9 frame animated morph. Here’s a couple of examples freshly completed by my wonderful illustration students as a one lesson introduction to animation.
To start with everyone drew a simple image, then we arranged them in the best order to get silly transitions. I then photocopied each persons drawings so that everyone had their image and the image theirs was to morph into. We then traced off a breakdown pose and inbetweens which cushion to the first and last drawings to give them a nice ease in and out (see the above chart). We also used pegboards which I made myself to match the size of a standard 80mm hole punch to ensure that all of the drawings would line up with each other (it’s an illustration course and we only do a tiny amount of animation so there’s no justification for $700 hole punches).
Do any of you want one of these pegboards? I made a couple of hundred a few years ago but now I’m down to just enough for my classes, if there’s enough interest I could make another batch and sell them for a couple of bucks plus postage?
Q:So how do you go about your lil traditional animated doodle things? Do you have a light desk? :)
I bought an amazing light box last month (an Artograph Revolution which is AMAZING and EXPENSIVE) but generally I just work on thin paper and trace them off between two pages. I doodle them in free moments on a small pad which I carry around with me, I’ve used the light box for a few of them but generally I’m away from my desk at the time.
I drew the one I just uploaded on a long car trip (with a blue pencil before inking it terribly while bouncing around in the car). It looked a bit choppy with only eight frames so I doubled them and reworked it using highlighters on a big sheet of bond paper once the car had stopped and I could get to a desk.
Ringa Ding Ding!!
Pterodac’til ya drop!