I thought about the types of emotions I wanted to try animating and did a quick sketch to explore the idea further. The keywords here helped me to visualize more unique/specific walks, because just saying ‘Happy’ for example could mean so many things…
- Playful, Skipping, Childish, Bouncy
- Stern, Uptight, Posh, Slink
- Smug, Confident, Show-off, Strut
- Furious, Angry, Stomp
- Sad, Weary, Slump
I looked up a bunch of references but I’ll just post my favourite 3 here:
A useful playlist for animation reference:
Ricky K Comedian from Britain’s Got Talent – really good at portraying emotions within a split second, he also has quite some funny/happy walks in this.
Monty Python Ministry of Silly Walks (Not realistic but hilariously inventive and still informative)
Then I took some references of my own (they aren’t amazing because there isn’t much space in my flat. Ideally, I would have someone to help film me in a larger setting – or find someone else to act it out). Despite these restrictions, I still find it really useful to ‘act’ it out to get a really good idea of the movement in my mind. I’ve included some of the poses I captured here in silhouette form. I think the silhouette helps to really boil down whether you can tell the emotion straight away or not. (I should’ve worn some long sleeves to show the arms better though).