Wikipedia on Walk Cycles: In animation, a walk cycle is a series of frames or illustrations drawn in sequence that loop to create an animation of a walking character. The walk cycle is looped over and over, thus having to avoid animating each step again.
There exist many techniques to create walk cycles. Traditionally walk-cycles are hand drawn but over time with the introduction of new technologies for new mediums, walk cycles can be made in pixel art, 2d computer graphics, 3D computer graphics, stop motion method, cut-out animation or using techniques like rotoscoping.
A technicolor menagerie of misshapen, lopsided creatures inhabit the loopy world of Neil Sanders, an Australian illustrator and animator. Check out an earlier post on Sanders here featuring an animated GIF from Richard William’s book (and iPad App) The Animator’s Survival Kit.
More on Neil Sanders and his loops below the fold:
The story had all grown out of a single idea: Chaplin imagined a scene of comic thrills, such as his contemporary Harold Lloyd had made his speciality. The scene he envisaged was the climactic sequence in which, having taken the place of the tight-rope walker, and suspended high over The Circus ring, he is attacked by malicious escaped monkeys.
Around this time of year, after we’ve started the animation project, I often begin to get questions from students about explosions, fire, and other environmental effects. I will continue to update this post with interesting examples I come across that could be used as reference or inspiration for animation (in the fall) and comics/illustration (in the spring). Note: You might also want to check out a similar post on water effects.
Dana Terrace is an animation director on the upcoming new iteration of Ducktales for Disney. Veteran students might remember that we watched her 3rd year student film, Kickball, last year. As we begin our animation project this week, here is a very nice example of a run cycle by Terrace that illustrates the various layers of process an animator will work through from rough to final animation.
Charlotte “Lotte” Reiniger (2 June 1899 – 19 June 1981) was a German film director and the foremost pioneer of silhouette animation. Reiniger made more than 40 films over her career, all using her invention.Her best known films are The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) – the oldest surviving feature-length animated film, preceding Walt Disney’s feature-length Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) by over ten years – and Papageno (1935), featuring music by Mozart. Reiniger is also noted for devising a predecessor to the first multi-plane camera.
It is amazing to see how detailed and thorough Kimball’s thumbnails were, Those are all the key drawings necessary…just add inbetweens. He went straight ahead and figured the complete scene out on one 16 field sheet of animation paper.
Open the full post here to see the full image of Kimball’s thumbnails:
Vugar Efendi put together THE EVOLUTION OF STOP-MOTION featuring film clips that range from the The Enchanted Drawing in 1900 to 2016’s Kubo and the Two Strings. Open the full post to get a full list of all the films Efendi features in this fascinating short film.
Walter Reed families have always been awesome and generous. If you would like to pick up some supplies for class we would appreciate these items:
Printer Ink: I like to print out many color images for use in classroom displays and examples. My current classroom printer is a Canon MP640 all-in-one that uses this ink:
- Canon 221 Ink Cartridges: – Black, Magenta, Yellow, Cyan
- Canon 220 Ink Cartridge: – Large Black Ink Cartridge
8.5” x 11” White Bond Paper: We use a great deal of bond paper (printer paper) in Cartooning & Animation.
8.5” x 11” White Card Stock: We use white card stock for many purposes in Architecture & Design and Cartooning & Animation.