Tutorial 12 – How to create a Walk Cycle in 15 Steps


Finally! Is online the new tutorial “How to Create a WALK CYCLE IN 15 STEPS”, detailed explained in all the steps! I hope you’ll find it easy to follow and it probably has been the more difficult video so far, I really spent most of the time trying to find the best way to explain you each step and why the body moves in a certain way… it’s pretty long compared to all the other videos on my channel, hoping you’ll not find it boring… 😛 So just let me know if you prefer this type of editing and length and if some parts are not clear enough so that this feedback will help me to improve my next videos! 😉 I wait to know what you think about it!

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CHARACTER TURN TIPS


CHARACTER TURN TIP#1

👀BLINK! During a turn add a blink or an half blink! We blink every time we turn from side to side so is important to make the character more realistic and alive!

TEST⏺: use your phone to film yourself during a turn with the Slo-Mo activated…😉

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CHARACTER TURN TIP#2

‼️Spend time to create your starting pose and the ending one! Even if is a simple exercise…work on the expression, play with asymmetries, give a bit of dynamism to the chest, the shoulders, the neck…

Move a bit the chest on the side in the final pose, play with contrast dynamic lines between first and last pose! Make it appealing and nice to watch!

(In my tutorial I was more focused on the motion do I didn’t push the poses and expression but I recommend you to do it in your animations! 😉

CHARACTER TURN TIP#3

‼️Changing LOOK direction!
Make it fast! Avoiding floating eyes…maximum of 2/3 frames for the changing direction and smooth the pupils animation, something like: starting pose -> fast movement in 1 or 2 frames and -> slow down! You can anticipate the change of look direction few frames before the head start turning, or use the blink in the middle of the turn to change it while the eyes are closed!

CHARACTER TURN TIP#4

‼️DON’T FREEZE IT!!🥶
Ease In and Ease Out between starting and ending key poses…then add a Moving Hold of 10/20 frames to keep your character alive! A slight bit of motion compared to flat curves…can make a HUGE difference!

RUN CYCLE TIP#1


‼️In this run I slowed down the spacing when he’s in the air, this to have a more cartoon style! I accelerate between contact and passing/push poses and the decelerate between the Up and Contact poses🙃

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RUN CYCLE TIP#6


Use references but always try to give something personal to your cycles, try different styles, different poses and attitude, don’t rush and create something with no life, also a mechanical movement like a run need a living character with personality!

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RUN CYCLE TIP#5


‼️FEET/ARMS ARCS AND SLIDING ISSUES!

Never neglet the arcs of the appendages…arms and feet must have smoothed paths of action

(Except when the feet touches the ground, in that range they will have a straight line path)! Use motion trail or temporarily constrain a ball to wrist and ankles when you play the animation…it will help to see the path and adjust it!🔴

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RUN CYCLE TIP#4


‼️Focus on volumes! I usually hide some parts of the body or use other tricks to visualize each parts as a simple shape to focus on the arcs, tbe spacing and the timing! Give a different look to your shot to re-fresh your eyes! This is something I always do…change shader, use flat light, visualize black silhouette, put a filter on your video playblast, constrain a simple shape like a ball or a cube to body parts to simulate the same movement but with clearest shapes!

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RUN CYCLE TIP#3


‼️Take care to the feet posing…just as in the walk cycles, animate the toes, the heel and create a good contact with the ground!

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RUN CYCLE TIP#2


‼️Usually the legs have exactly the same animation so…add a bit of variations using the arms! They can be bended in a different way (just a small variation), one arm could have a different spacing compare to the other one…the hands could be posed differently…this helps to make the run more “human”, more “alive” and more interesting 💪

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WALK CYCLE TIP#7


KNEE POPPING!!! 😖

Don’t panic! 😀 Use knees DEFORMERS controls or the foot LENGHT ATTRIBUTE to “play” with the knee position and create a fluid rounded movement, frame by frame…with a bit of patience! Keep particulary attention during the contact and the down positions!

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WALK CYCLE TIP#6


Use DEFORMERS controls to adjust arcs and legs shapes! They will help to smooth your animation 😉BUT DON’T FORGET THAT LEGS ARE COMPOSED BONES AND SOFT PARTS SO…don’t give a “pudding” legs effects 😀

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WALK CYCLE TIP#4


“Don’t be afraid to EXAGGERATE! We are doing ANIMATION!” Have fun! Make something appealing! Something fun to watch! 😉

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WALK CYCLE TIP#4


I really had fun animating the hip trying to give a more organic feeling as possible, yeah ‘cause…we should never forget that we are supposed to animate Bones (rigidity) -> and muscles (flexibility) = and find the good balance between the two 😉

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WALK CYCLE TIP#3


‼️HIP!!! Side to side movement:

The hip follow the legs movement (on Y rot) and helps to compensate the weight moving/tilting (on Z) towards the foot that support the weight!

Accentuate the spacing between the contact and the passing pose and exaggerate the rotations to emphasize the sway:
SLOW-SUPER FAST-SLOW

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WALK CYCLE TIPS#2


When you create your blocking, be sure that in the PASSING POSE the foot on the ground is positioned under the COG, in the small base of support area!

‼️Wait until the weight is completely supported by one of the foot before raising the other one!

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WALK CYCLE TIPS#01


  • WHY DO THE FEET SLIDE IN MY WALK?!?😨
  • Look at your tangents! 😏
    ‼️ALWAYS REMEMBER TO select the forward axis (usually the Z axis) break the tanget on the first and last key frames where the foot touched the ground so that you can keep it in SPLINE when the foot is in the air and in LINEAR when it touches the ground. This is the first step to avoid the feet sliding, the second step in a walk cycle in place is to apply the same speed of the foot —> to the speed of the control you use to move the character foreword (so calculate the change in values in the range between the first and last key pose when the feet touches the ground and apply the same speed to the control of the forward movement) 😉

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BEGINNER Exercise – “Hand Poses”


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Another POSES exercise, this time we’ll concentrate on just a part of the human body: the HANDS! 2D animators often say that hands are particularly hard to draw, but what I can say that even in 3D they could be hard to pose! So is important to practice a bit with this delicate part and I suggest to watch some reference from picutures or use a mirror to create the pose yourself!

BEGINNER Exercise – “Different Blinks”


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This exercise is based on a scheduled Lesson tgat is not ready yet!

The goal of it is to learn how to animate the main used blinks : REGULAR – FAST- HALF – SLOW AND OFFSETTED!

Learn how to manage blink is fundamental ’cause is something you’ll have to do regularly, in any animation and …a wrong blink can compromise your work!

BEGINNER Exercise – “Expressions”


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Now let’s focus on face and expressions! Learn how flexible a human face can be and most of all…learn how to EXPRESS feelings and moods using each part of the face…

Reference: Lesson #11 “Exaggeration” and any pictures of real actors that is particularly appealing, or watch yourself on a mirror….study your face!

 

BEGINNER Exercise – “Action Poses”


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Just as the previous exercise, “Acting Poses”, this one is pretty much the same but with ACTION poses, this means that you will have to create dynamic, strong and readable poses getting inspiration from movies actors, sports or just your imagination!

Watch the Lesson #11 “Exaggeration” for learn how to push your poses!

 

BEGINNER Exercise – “Acting Poses”


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Sometimes is important to “put aside” the motion and focus just on still poses! This exercise is focus on learning the art to create GOOD and APPEALING poses that is the base of any animation!

Connected to the Lesson #11 “Exaggeration” I suggest you to look for some image of real actors from movies, people around you or watch yourself to get inspiration!