Quadrupeds!

09/01/12 & 16/01/12 The new year's first class I learnt about the different kinds of Gaits that a quadruped animal can have. There is the Walk, the Trot, the Canter and the Gallop. I had ignorantly only known there to be a walk and a run before. I wanted to do all four of them to know the exact difference between them.I think the walk was the toughest to do.There are so many details that can be very visible if they go wrong. My dog kept getting a twitch in his leg with for no evident reason even when the graph editor was all nice and smooth. Almost got rid of it by adjusting the heights of the shoulder control and the hip control. Have a look: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHm_SVHnbm0&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

The trot i wanted to do in 2d with a cute horse character i designed: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqq90RhOkaE&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] From my review in the crit, i realised that there is shortening happening in the back legs and the lines are moving a bit too much in the leg creases. I hadnt noticed it earlier because the head was moving nice and smooth.

The canter was very different. Its like a carefree limp. I kept thinking that it doesn't feel right. I think there is a problem with the loop on this one. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGn7PSCWU0U&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

It was interesting to note that in the gallop, only one of the back legs goes forward first. Its not an alternating loop, like in the walk, where each leg takes its turn to lead. It is entirely dependant on the horse, like humans have one weight bearing foot (which takes on more weight than the other) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxg-4tJYP3I&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]