Reference video of basic walking. Things worth noting : the first participant in the video suffers from sciatica and a blocked motor neuron in the left leg, causing the body to be lower and stride to be longer during the left passing position. I’ve also noticed the posture is very centred and straight perhaps due to a more careful consideration of weight distribution on either leg. In comparison to the following walk – it is clearly very self aware.
Here are some early studies concerning walking and action. Posing figurines also aided the reference to these walks.
Studies of linear walk cycles using arcs and paths to map out the body. I aimed for the figure to perform an action as a secondary to the tone of the walk. To begin I placed 2-3 key poses or ‘extremes’ and then inbetweened the transitions with the help of the arcs and contact points of the feet.
These studies are designed with staging and the communication of intent, motivation and personality. The first few are simple to place however as they overlap it can get confusing where in the cycle each appendage should be at that given point. Although it is easy enough to look pre and post pose to figure it out – unlike straight ahead animating.
This process was very enjoyable and a challenge that throws you into the physicality of pushing the subtleness of reality.
In a recent lifedrawing class we were challenged to draw 8 positions in a basic walking cycle. This is the 8 drawings all in a sequence. I was sceptical about this actually working because it is drawn at a perspective angle, that posed a lovely challenge in itself. However, upon review, it’s seems to provide a convincing cycle of continuous movement. The arm swing is slightly heavy on the models left side but the legs and angles of the feet are rather satisfying.
Take a walk.
A walking cycle is a staple ingredient to any animation. This one may be pulled out of ancient history but it is still relevant to my progression. This clip is taken out of my early ‘Ink’ animation. This in particular could be a good place to begin in its utilization of multiple secondary actions.