|Quadruped Locomotion by Maria Robertson|
The trick with tackling quadruped locomotion is break down an apparently complex motion into a manageable, simple workflow.
After all, in animation you get nothing for free. You start off with a digital puppet, and then have to figure out the rest yourself.
In the series of 19 videos, hosted at Vimeo, Maria explains how to go about blocking out the three basic forms of animal locomotion: Walks, Trots and Runs.
Maria shows a stripped-down approach to building and blocking the shot. Animators are actors, and we need to create a memorable performance, but we also need a workflow that we can depend upon.
Sabre Tooth by Truong
The tutorial uses the excellent free Boxy Sabre Tooth Tiger Rig from Truong CG, and available for free download from his official site. (though you can use any rig you like, of course)
- Setting Your Scene Up
- Laying the Groundwork
- Posing the legs
- Animating secondary elements
- Animating the tail
The book is an excellent resource on animal locomotion.
Stuart Sumida is a paleontologist who also works in showbiz; he has acted as advisor to countless Hollywood films including Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron, and he is a regular guest at Escape Studios, lecturing on animal biology, locomotion and mechanics.
To find the free download, follow this link. And to read more about Stuart Sumida's work, see this blog post.
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