Animating walk cycles can be tricky; it can be especially troublesome to get the character's feet moving backwards at a steady speed, without bumps or wobbles. This is especially true for animators animating a walk cycle "on the spot", where the body stays in place but the feet move backwards underneath the body. To help solve the problem, it makes a lot of sense to import a treadmill into the shot. The treadmill helps to clarify the mechanics of shot, and allows the animator to visualise what is going on when the feet travel backwards.
Why Animators Need a Treadmill for a Walk Cycle.
|Free treadmill at Turbosquid|
Then, re-size the treadmill with the Scale Tool, and move it into position. Now your character has something to walk on, making it easier to fix any mistakes in the cycle.
More on Locomotion
There are many locomotion resources at Animation Apprentice. Follow the links below to find out more about walks and character walks.
- How to stop feet sliding in a walk cycle
- Animating the "ZigZag Walk" on "The Thief & The Cobbler"
- Two Ways to Animate a Walk Cycle - Which is Best?
- Character Walks by Alexander Savchenko
- Why animators should always take two steps
- Character Walk reference by Houman Sorooshnia
- 100 Ways to Walk by Kevin Parry
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