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 Post subject: Dog test
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:15 pm 
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Another quick test iv been working on:
I wanted to do a dog after seeing Worzels wolf tests :P

http://vimeo.com/65118194

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 Post subject: Re: Dog test
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 11:49 am 
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I haven't watched a lot of dog action (mostly just cycles), so I can't comment much! But the body does seem to move forward too fast/suddenly without have the force behind it. So from frames 164-167 the body goes upwards, then at 168 the body suddenly pops forward. Maybe the weight is too far back over the hind legs as it rises up. You also maybe squashing the head too much.

Did you have one particular piece of reference for it? Maybe post that up, otherwise just have a look at what you've got for that body movement. When I did my wolf sitting and rising up kinda like your one, I spent a large portion of my time trying to get the front and back end of it working together properly, and trying to get the force feeling right. I know yours is more cartoony, but you still want the weight in there.

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 Post subject: Re: Dog test
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 8:16 pm 
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iv been using http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmXks--98Bc as a starting point for this animation.

I did some more work on it today
http://vimeo.com/65206155

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 Post subject: Re: Dog test
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 9:56 pm 
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I think one thing you should have another look at is the sitting pose. I guess it could be the rig and proportions, but the body seems too far back, or the left back leg is too far forward. Either way, the front legs seem to be reaching forward on a funny angle, instead of being more 'straight down'.

The other thing bugging me is the choice of action after the 'bite'. It feels strange with the 'standing up and looking at the camera' action. I would have focused on getting the biting action working really well, then possibly have the dog acknowledge the person that fed it (not the audience).

I like the start though, with the sitting up, then the head moving to the biscuit, which lets us know he has done this before. There's some good character stuff there. When he sits up, maybe a slight head tilt, almost like he's thinking about the biscuit while he's waiting... just because he sits quite still while he's waiting at the moment.

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