Rough Character Walk Cycle

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Here’s the inbetweened version of the walk cycle I previously started. I am quite pleased with it now I’ve smoothed it off. It does capture an element of his age and his pride, especially now I’ve changed the had to be placed on his chest. However I do think the hat may need some seeing to.

Here’s the gif I made before touching it up a bit.



Character Walk Cycle Draft

Good Claude.gif

Working with what I developed last night, I’ve created this today. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed with what I’ve managed to do today, but I only have enough time to work with this now. I will touch up the inconsistencies around the neck, the hands, the hat and the left arm and then hopefully move on to colouring.

A couple of things I am pleased with are the bottom of the robe which moves with the legs as they move underneath it and the motion of the staff. But I really hope tidying these things up improves the overall feel of the animation.

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Character Walk Cycle Tests

Here’s a couple of testers for my character walk. I have a vision for this but I’m having a little trouble translating this to something consistent and flowing. As you can see, these exports only have the first 5 key frames of the complete cycle but I’ve stopped at this stage each time beacuase I’ve noticed something with each of them before taking them any further.

The first is more detailed and took a bit more time to get out of me. I’m pleased with the overall look of the character, as I had my doubts about the appearance of my character from this angle initially but I’ve made it work. However, I felt there wasn’t enough motion with the head going on and the knees seem to be 2 thrirds of the way down his legs so I thought I’ve take a more basic approach to drawing the character.

The second I did very quickly to see if I could get a better motion with the head and legs but it hasn’t worked any better, the motion is too irratic – Perhaps the exargeration is too much?

I’m warming to the first test more now despite it’s being so rigid, but perhaps that’s how a man of his age moves? He must keep his head high to maintain his pride but there’s no escaping that limp he’s got.

I’ve got to get the upper body moving without exagerating the dipping of the head.

Dynamic Exercise Draft 2

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Taking on Robin’s advice from the catchup session on Thursday, I’ve changed some elements of my dynamic exercise to make a smoother and more believable animation. Two things Robin noted were that the starting position was perhaps too extreme and that the foot came up a little too early at the end.

The humanoid now starts in a more neutral pose while still giving the viewer some idea of how he’s is going to handle the task. The foot has also been delayed another couple of frames as not to look like him raising his foot is the cause of the fall but to make it seem like he’s lost control. I also added a slight pause to his leg in the air for comic effect.

Whilst getting on with that I also took the time to add in the inbetweens that were sorely missed from the last export and that’s making it run a lot smoother. I’m particularly pleased with the spacing at the end that leads up to him hitting the floor. falling-into-the-abys

‘A god among animators’

“Personally I am very pessimistic,” Miyazaki says. “But when, for instance, one of my staff has a baby you can’t help but bless them for a good future. Because I can’t tell that child, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t have come into this life.’ And yet I know the world is heading in a bad direction. So with those conflicting thoughts in mind, I think about what kind of films I should be making.”


Week 6 Summary

This week kicked off thinking about the dynamic animation project. For my dynamic exercise, I explored a few options but have decided animating a strong-man strenuously picking up a large rock after having a chat with Robin about it. We concuded that compared to my other ideas, it demonstrated more animation fundementals better than any of my other ideas would have.

I’ve tidyed my character Lord Claude up a bit this week after making a fairly poor first attempt at drawing on the tablets. A friend offered to re-draw my character in their style to help me visualise them with a bolder, less sketchy outline, which helped no end and I’ve now got a clean cut character turnaround. I also thought about his character more and he’s certainly more of a fool of a character than I first thought. He may be old and stumbling but he can still pull a few overly dramatic poses which I think can be a funny juxtaposition type gag.

I had a chat with Lynsey about my character essay about Lady Eboshi and dispite not knowing the character she had some helpful things to say. One thing was that I should make a conection between the realism of the animation style and the complexity of the character. Otherwise, begining to write the essay hasn’t been very fruitful. I’ve found myself struggling to write the first introductory paragraph I think mainly because I’m not entirely sure where I want the essay to conmclude. Perhaps my essay question doesn’t work as well as Lynsey thought it would?

Essay Paragraph Plan

How Studio Ghibli Makes A Hero A Shadow


  • Princess Mononoke (1997) directed by Hayao Miyazaki
  • Lady Eboshi outline

Process & Style:

  • Traditional 2d cel animation with 20 mins of computer assisted animation
  • First Ghibli film to incorporate digital colour
  • Realistic Attributes – Grounded in reality
  • Reflects complexity of characters

Micro Context:

  • Eboshi

Historic Context:


Before Cameron’s Avatar: Princess Mononoke

. Once there, Ashitaka encounters Lady Eboshi, a strong leader dedicated to protecting her people from neighbouring hostile forest spirits and warlords with the use of iron guns, a new and deadly technology. Lady Eboshi confesses that it was her guns that drove the boar-god to madness. She is sorry for the suffering she has caused Ashitaka, but does not apologize for her desire to destroy the forest spirits. She believes that out of the forest’s destruction she can build a better world for her people

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