Monday, 29 April 2019

Run Cycle Tutorial at Vimeo

We've got a new run cycle tutorial at our Vimeo channel, part of our series of online animation tutorials to support our students' classroom studies.

The tutorial, recorded by our very own Jasvinder Sahota uses the Ultimate Walker rig, free for download, and can be found at our Vimeo Channel here

Run cycles are part of the foundation of the study of animation. Animating a run cycle introduces student animators to the basic principles of human locomotion.

Thumbnails for a basic run cycle
Vimeo Tutorials
Missed a class, or fallen behind? We've got you covered.  In this video, hosted at our Vimeo Channel,

Escape Studios' animator Jasvinder Sahota walks students step-by-step through the basics of animating a primitive character running.

Free Rig
The tutorial uses the excellent Ultimate Walker rig, part of a series of free "Ultimate" rigs which can be downloaded from CG Meetup

Thumbnails for a human biped run cycle
Why Animate a Run Cycle?
Run cycles, like ealk cycles, are part of the foundation of the study of animation. Animating a run cycle introduces student animators to many of the most important principles of animation, such as timing, spacing, weight and balance. 

Most animation courses begin with basic locomotion such as walk and run cycles. It's where students first encounter the concepts of looping cycles, and also how to use important tools such as the Graph Editor. Being able to master a run cycle is a vital skill - it's like being able to play scales on a piano.

Run Cycle - from the Animator's Survival Kit
A run cycle can be completed well or badly, and the exercise - although superficially simple - can be done to a high level of skill and complexity. 

Where you do find the tutorial video?
You can find the run cycle tutorial video here.  As with all our tutorial videos, this one is password protected, for our students and Escapees. If you're a current student or Escapee and you'd like the password, mail me at  To see more animation tutorials available at our Vimeo channel, follow this link.

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To find out more about our new BA/MArt, follow this link.  To apply, visit the offical page here.  

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