Walk cycles are a good way to visualise the basics of human movement. They’re also an efficient method of animating the act of walking. Once you’ve nailed the cycle, you can just repeat it, rather than animating each new walking scene again. However, getting the movement of walking to look natural can be difficult without the right method and lots of practice. That’s where walk cycles come in.
The way a character walks conveys much more than movement. After all, you can tell a lot about a character from their body language, gait and walking pace. So it’s important that you ensure these elements are reflected in your work.
These illustrations are used in a variety of animation practices, including 2D, 3D and many forms of cartoon creation. Whether you’re working with 3D digital models or 2D sketches, you need to know the basics to get the best start.