|some of the walk styles|
Almost no video reference was used for these walks, so some of them look a little mechanical. Video reference can greatly reduce production time, and help make the movements seem more natural. For very cartoony characters, video reference isn't so essential.
NORMAL WALK - This is just a stroll, not determined to go anywhere quickly.
In the video, I included a series that demonstrates how intermediate poses are added to build a smooth walk. This was the most difficult walk to do. For most of the subsequent walks, I just copied this walk to a new animation layer and modified it.
EXAGGERATED WALK - For this walk, everything steps, bends, and swings further. This was for studying arcs, limb twists, weight, and follow-through.
DOUBLE-BOUNCE WALK - This is a cartoonish sort of walk that doesn't exist in nature. It was popular in 1930s cartoons, and thereafter was only used ironically. I tried walking like this and it's exhausting.
SNEAK - This was one of the more fun and easy walks to do. Everything was pretty easy except for the hands, which don't seem completely convincing. There is a ton of drawn reference for this type of walk in Animator's Survival Kit, but I would probably want live-action reference if I was going to make this for a client.
PLOD - It seems I had the same problem with this walk. The arm/hand weight and movement don't look correct. Good video reference would have fixed that quickly. maybe next time
SASHAY - This was a fun and fairly easy walk to do, probably because there is a ton of video reference in the form of fashion shows.
SWAGGER - This is probably just the exaggerated walk, but more aggressive. While making it, I was mostly imagining Popeye walking into a fight. Again, the weight and follow-through aren't exactly right, so video reference would've been helpful.
RUN - The run was pretty easy to do. I mostly used Muybridge photos as reference. I'd like to do more expressive runs someday. This one is pretty standard.
SKIP - This one was a little difficult and - again - I wasn't sure what to do with the arms.
In conclusion, I learned much. There's more to learn about walks, but I'm moving ahead to study other actions and behaviors.
next: face rigging