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14 OCTOBER 2012

Animating Four-Legged Beasts

"Animating animals is usually fun, but can often be complicated and technical. Figuring out what to do with all those legs can really trip up an animator. We can animate human–shaped characters a lot easier than multi–legged beasts because we have an intuitive knowledge of the way bipeds move.

It is easy for an animator to act out a motion when the character moves like us; feeling the action 'in the body' helps us understand how to animate it. So what happens when the character is a quadruped and you don't have that intuitive feel at your disposal? How do you make that movement believable? Suitable reference and a sophisticated media player is the place to start.

Luckily for the animation community, there is a wealth of reference material that can help. I'll walk you through my process for animating quadruped locomotion and share classic references that will help you deconstruct the fundamentals of the four gaits: walk, run, trot and gallop. I'll also share an example of my own 3D walk animation and offer technical tips for creating believable quadruped locomotion cycles."

(Cathy Feraday Miller, Gamasutra)

Fig.1 Richard Williams, uploaded by "animan1999" on 25 Aug 2009, YouTube.

Fig.2 Richard Williams, uploaded by "animan1999" on 1 Sep 2009, YouTube.

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Simon Perkins
22 JANUARY 2012

Richard Williams: I Drew Roger Rabbit

Profile of the animator Richard Williams, creator of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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1988 • Acme Corporation • animation • animation sequences • animatoranthropomorphism • Baby Herman • Bob Hoskins • cartoon charactercartoon characterscel animation • Charles Fleischer • Christopher Lloyd • Eddie Valiant • Elstree Studios • Gary K. Wolf • I Drew Roger Rabbit • Jessica Rabbit • Joanna Cassidy • Kathleen Turner • live actionlive action and animation • Maroon Cartoon • Marvin Acme • private detective • rabbitRichard Williams • Robert Zemeckis • Roger Rabbit • Steven Spielber • toons • Toontown • Walt Disney • Walt Disney Pictures • Who Censored Roger Rabbit • Who Discovered Roger Rabbit • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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Simon Perkins
09 JULY 2009

The Animator's Survival Kit Animated

"The Animator's Survival Kit – Animated is about how things move, and specific work methods used to make characters live, breathe, think and give a sustained commanding performance. Williams demonstrates his points with drawing, performance and over 400 specially animated examples – many from his best–selling book."
(Richard Williams Animation Masterclass, 2008)

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2008animationanimators • Animators Survival Kit • anthropomorphism • blob • caricaturecartoon characterscatcharacter animationcoursewaredrawingduckelegancefemininityfigures in spacefoxgestureglamourgraphic style • hand drawn outline • hand-drawn animationholographmovementoutline drawingperformancerabbitRichard WilliamsRoger Rabbitstick figurestick manswimmerwalk cyclewireframewoman

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Simon Perkins
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