Animated canine running cycle, starring my albino sighthound character Machete.
Total 6 frames.
Drawn traditionally with a pencil + colors and background texture added with Gimp.
~And now please excuse me as I ramble something completely incoherent here~
There has been quite a lot of great animations in here lately, and for years I've been itching to create one of my own. Few days back the fantastic Hound run cycle
was submitted by *The-Vol
, and at that moment the urge to make moving pictures grew unbearable. Vol really did miracles using only 6 frames, and that gave me some much needed encouragement to try something similar. At that far animating had been something unreachable. Artform that only professionals can master. So I sketched some running hounds, colored and pieced them together in Gimp.
And found out that animating ain't that hard after all.
Surely this one is terribly sketchy and wobbly and ridiculously inconsistent. It's missing a couple of frames here and there, and to be honest, there's little originality, considering how common canine run cycles are in dA. There's probably hundreds of them. So it's nothing really really special.
But darn, I'm still kind of proud. It's my very first attempt on a bit more serious animating after all.
Character, artwork ©GhoulShoeAnd that head, oh Mache, what is your head even doing? It looks like he's barking or something, but I'd say it's just breathing. I mean, have you ever tried to run at full speed with your mouth closed? It sure looks more aesthetic than having half of your dental arsenal showing and tongue lolling out, but you're certainly not going very far or fast like that. From what I've learned from the dozens (hundreds?) of sighthound photos posted on tumblr is that the hounds almost always have their mouths open when sprinting. For oxygen. And for ventilation too, perhaps. But yeah, no barking here, just wanted to point that out.
And it's sort of funny how much more sighthound-like Machete looks when he's running. He may not beat a Greyhound or a Whippet in a race, and I doubt if he even likes to waste his energy for such physical activities, but I's say he's still able to build up quite impressive speed.