Kyle Balda, the co-director of the recent hit The Lorax has created a cool video tutorial on creating a walk cycle, the easy way. There honestly aren’t any shortcuts to learning animation, and I have seen students get lost between the keys given in The Animator’s Survival Kit and expect the walk to look just right. Instead, following a very technical approach here and pretty much eyeballing the walk, there is a good chance that you can get a very stylized walk for your character, and not end up looking like a generic walk taken from a book.
About Kyle Balda : Kyle Balda has been working professionally in feature animation for the past 15 years, most notably with Pixar Animation Studios and Industrial Light & Magic. He began his career studying traditional animation at The California Institute of the Arts in 1991. Continuing his training during summer internships with Lucas Arts and Pacific Data Images. In 93′ Balda joined the crew of Industrial Light & Magic where he participated in such films as The Flintstones, The Mask, Mars Attacks and as supervising animator on Jumanji. After animating on Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners at Weta Digital in New Zealand, Kyle returned to California to work at Pixar as an animator on A Bug’s Life and Monsters Inc. and as directing animator of Toy Story 2.