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2D Animation: Character & Attitude Walk Cycles

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Learn 2D animation techniques to express personality, body type, and attitude in a walk cycle, and turn walks into full-on runs.

Once you've completed a basic walk cycle, it's time to add character. Animator Dermot O' Connor shows how to take a basic walk and go beyond, building in personality, exaggeration, and attitude. Learn how to animate bipedal motion, stomps, sneaks, and goofy walks, and turn walks into full-on runs. Dermot also shows how to avoid common pitfalls such as jagged arcs. These techniques are 2D animation classics, and must-have skills for any animator, regardless of software.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
1. Body Types
  • Male and female walks
  • Changing weight
2. Attitude Walks
  • Breaking joints
  • Varying the passing pose for flexibility
  • Creating the attitude contact pose
  • Animating a stomp
  • Animating a sneak
  • Animating a goofy walk
  • Animating in depth
3. Walks to Runs
  • Animating a jog cycle on tens
  • Animating a run cycle on eights
  • Animating a very fast run on sixes
  • Next steps

Taught by

Dermot O' Connor

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