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 Post subject: Wolf walk cycle
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:12 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Wolf walk cycle
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:16 am 
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Hey Glen, good start, just a couple issues I see...

- you're letting the front foot contact on the heel, then flatten out (like a heel roll for a human), but that shouldn't happen here. The paw is pretty flat when the wolf reaches forward to place the paw on the ground.

- you should use the 'ball roll' to curve the feet before they leave the ground. If you just use the toe roll, then the paw rotates from the very tip, which makes it feel very rigid and 'light' (because there's no force pushing against the ground). Wolves and dogs still have flexible and separated toes, which bend when pushing off the ground.

- The back half of the wolf is too low on the 'passing pose', you've gone down instead of up. Which has left the hips in an up position on contact, instead of the hips dropping down.

- be careful with stride length too... feels a bit short. One thing I've noticed with wolves and dogs is even with walking slow/medium speeds, they still do a full stride length, they just keep their feet down for a bit longer, because they're moving slower. If the stride length is 'short' then it's probably a very slow moving wolf/dog, which means the footfall timing changes quite a bit.

- when a front leg lifts off the ground and moves forwards, it flicks up and drags a LOT, which means the paw (right up to the ankle) is often parallel to the ground, not hanging downwards so much as you have done. The paw hangs straight down if the wolf lifts his foot up, but isn't walking anywhere.


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 Post subject: Re: Wolf walk cycle
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:32 am 
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Check out the image below to see how flexible the toes are on a wolf. This is a run, so they're definitely more pressure on them so they're bending a lot, but even on a walk you need that bit of pressure to create the force of the 'push'.

I've circled a 'front' and 'back' foot of the two running wolves.



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 Post subject: Re: Wolf walk cycle
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Also, check out the video below - go to 0:39 to see some flexible toes!




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 Post subject: Re: Wolf walk cycle
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cool Roger thanks for the feedback!


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