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February 25, 2013
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Machete run cycle by CanisAlbus Machete run cycle by CanisAlbus
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 ©GhoulShoe

And 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.
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shadow7-7 May 13, 2013  Hobbyist
I've always understood how you do the frames, but how do you piece them together and get them to actually move?
Rilguia Mar 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow just 6 frames?? so cool !!
you're pretty good! =D
TheCreepyCanine Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa I really like how you've done this, and I don't think he looks like he's barking, just looks like he's doing the typical crazy sighthound running face ;'D and I also can't believe it's only 6 frames! You've done a really good job :3

How did you put the frames together in gimp, did you do it with layers?
PepperLizard Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wicked!!! :o
Kaiyaru Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it ;u;
Nice animation
random-person101 Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful little animation :D

Although drawn traditionally... this actually belongs in the animation section of #Sightly-SightHounds Ive moved it myself, I can see it was an innocent mistake ^^;
MacGreen Feb 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
Jes, teit animaation! Hauskat nuo pienet tassut. Tulee mieleen sellaiset luonnokset mitä professionaalit tekee luonnostellessan liikkuvia eläimiä!
Mutta hui: todella nopea juoksu tapahtuu oppaan mukaan vain neljällä framella (uskomatonta mutta totta!) Siihen saa kyllä piirtää jo vauhtiviivoja apuun että liike näyttäisi joltain...
Haha, muistan oman syklini jonka tein Baltoa reffaten VHS:stä joskus 2006. x'D
Jaa...pitäisiköhän itsekin uskaltaa laittaa jotain kouluharjoituksia tänne... Jos saan aikaiseksi niin toivon sen inspiroivan vielä lisää ja liikkeen vievän mennessään, sillä tässä on jo aika hyvää meininkiä! C:
Panimated Feb 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
I like the style a lot! And the movement really looks energetic, lol =P
Yeah, as people said, the head might be moving a bit much- dogs have their mouths open, but they have it about as much open all the time, and the head moves forward and backward more than up and down- ehh, it's hard to explain, here's a really good reference video of a dog in slow-mo:
It's a heavier dog, but still.
Anyways, I think it's really good overall!
Piasdatter Feb 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
:D this is great, good work

I think a more up and down on the chest is missing though, it look a bit stuck in comparison to the rumps up and down.

And a note to the thought of it being an "artform only proffesionals can master", you have to start somewhere right. Nobody is born with it, it's all practice, how far you take it is up to you. Just get cracking, because this is great :)
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