For this update I decided to attempt a walk cycle, a classic exercise used to learn animation. I was very intimidated by the thought of animating, but I found that it took less frames than I thought to make a decent animation (albeit not very smooth). This walk cycle was actually pretty fast to create which makes sense as it was only 8 frames and directly from a reference which makes me excited to make smoother, more complicated ones in the future!
For this walk cycle, rather than use one of my characters I decided to make a new simpler character that would fit the attitude of my reference. In the reference below the energetic walk strikes me as either a spirited walk or a focused march. I decided to take it as a march and made a purple koala robot to march to a Russian march, Polyushka Polye (Meadowlands). By using my koala robot, I also simplified the walk cycle since they did not have clothes for me to animate.
Within this reference, you can see that the walk cycle is broken into 4 stages, which are repeated once because the legs and arms switch from back to front.
Contact – Both feet are on the ground
Recoil – The legs bend and the body is in its lowest position
Passing – The back leg passes to the front
High Point – The body is in its highest position, one leg is stretched while the other is off the ground
I relied heavily on the above reference to make my first walk cycle, copying the poses directly with my koala character making 8 frames which I looped to create 16 seconds of footage to match a passage from the March.
I uploaded my walk cycle on YouTube which, unfortunately, gets blocked by the school so I had to use this sketchy website to get past the block
My next goal is to animate walk cycles of Alpha, Beta, and Gamma after I make turn around and expression sheets for them. These walk cycles will not be directly based on the reference but will hopefully reflect the personality of each of the characters.