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Quick animation practice for the acid panther. Didn't draw a head 'cause I'm lazy.
He will be much more erratic in his final movement, just getting into the swing of big cat movement.
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:iconcarolineraquel:
Hi, Anya!

Well, I'm not that familiar to giving DA critiques, but I shall try.

Overall, this is very good. The walk cycle, to me, seems to be working perfectly fine. It's fluid it snaps exactly where it should.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but your intention in this is to make a very unique walk cycle for the panther, right? With a lot of character in it. It seems to be active, but, if that was your intention, you probably could go farther with all that hyper mood. It seems to me that, even if it's already stylized, it could be more exagerated.

How it's set is already fun, but if you make the ups and dows more extravagant, it could be even more. However it can achieve a funny look you may not want. But you experiment?

As for making the walk more unique, you could try to reference from other animals as well, ranther than big cats. The fossa here may give you some ideas and even the monitor lizard . here [link] and here [link]

I suggest a lizard because when I saw the pic you painted of the acidpanther it remembered me of a feline X lizard, as creature from the game Heart of Darkness. Idk, maybe it could work? All that waddle could be interesting.

Also, maybe that head could work better if it oscilated more, or if it stayed sort of down. And another question, did you change the character? On the pic I saw, the panther seems to be thinner and have a bigger head, which looked way more interesting.

One last thing to mention is the tail. It also could move more, but maybe not TOO much, otherwise it could be harder to read all the action going on the walk. Oh, and on the ups and downs, the tail slightly gains volume when the up on the hips are happening, while it should follow the action line.

But, yessss, i like this very much! (: I love the acidpanther design. You're totally nailing it! I hope some of the suggestions I gave may be usefull. It was more like an "acting" critique rather than technical stuff, but I guess it also counts too?

Good work and I hope you thought this was fair!
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Garden-of-Eden1 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i dont care i still love it so cute
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sKELLz-DA Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
You are superb at animating! I am also an animator and the envy is just oozing in right now lol. Maybe we can chat about it sometime. I would love to get a personal behind the scenes of your short, seen it on vimeo randomly it was a real treat to the eyess, fresh.
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner May 23, 2013   Artist
Thanks very much! And, yeah. I am always up for chatting. :)
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sKELLz-DA Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Ok so what is the most convenient way to communicate at a conversation's pace. Facebook?
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner May 31, 2013   Artist
Actually, I only chat over deviantart, sorry.
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sKELLz-DA Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
OH ok lol. I'm rarely on DA but I'll see if we could make this work. Are you on DA often?
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013   Artist
YEah, every day.
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sKELLz-DA Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Ok well this may not be instant messaging but since it's convenient.

While on my internet journey searches for animation, I kinda just stumbled onto the short film Fire Tiger Vs. Acid Panther. I swore it was like an Annecy Goeblins film due to it's fresh new style or moving artwork, it just seemed so awesome. It's weird finding the person who actually made it because sometimes it's easy to forget that these awesome things are made by people and not just artistic gods blessing the internet or tv screens near you lol. So I really just wanna pick the awesome brain that came up with this thing and brought it to life, something I am also trying to do myself.

I guess my first question would be:

Why are you so awesome? lol

Besides that though,

What were some of the really cool and inspiring ideas that came to you to, not only create this awesome concept, but that also caused you to also animate this wonderful piece?

( I guess that a two part question )
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013   Artist
Oh well thanks very much! Gobelins was actually my main inspiration for this.
And, I can't lie. I was high for majority of the conception and production of this piece, though I don't do it anymore.

Good luck making a film, too. What's it about?
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luna-katsun-yakushi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
wow this is really cool! ~♥
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thegirlwithnoname10 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Artist
How do you make that stuff?
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:icontasteslikeanya:
TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012   Artist
You need an animation program, such as flash.
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thegirlwithnoname10 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Artist
ok then! thanks!
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WolfSoul8 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Great animation! But I want to be a bit picky here- When I see this, the tail feels like it grows with every step. It's not moving very much, considering he rump is bouncing up and down very stylized. I suggest making the tail do the same.
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011   Artist
I see what you mean. :) Thanks!
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pearlls Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It looks like you're using a trot/pace pattern...there isn't enough delay of the back legs to the forelegs.

It should feel like the back legs are pushing the forelegs forward--kicking the forelegs into step, so there should be a noticeable delay.

[link] Do you feel the way he's just kinda lazily lumbering around? c:

To give it a bit more character, too, I'd suggest lengthening his foreleg reach--really make him reach out to stride. c:
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Artist
Lengthening sounds good.
And, yeah. Someone brought that up earlier. I had the legs delayed at first, but when I tweaked it, it must have slowed somehow. I will definitely pay more attention next time, though.
Thanks!
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pearlls Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
with his super long legs, it's hard to do a big cat sway-ey stride--probably easier to find ref of a cheetah or even a deer. x'D

Because basically the big cat stride deals with their proportions--long body, proportionately short legs. x'D

Also, this guy graduated from our school and taught me intro to 3-D. Some of his stuff might help. c: [link] Hope it helps. c:
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Artist
That guy has some awesome stuff. I;m blown away.
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pearlls Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
He really does--he has an internship at Disney right now. c:
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Elruu Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
For the future. Cat keep their head on the same level. It doesn't move up and down.
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011   Artist
Not even a little bit? Will keep in mind. Thanks!
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Elruu Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Of course it moves a bit, but not that much.
[link]
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011   Artist
I see I also moved the neck way too much.
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
This looks amazing :D
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011   Artist
Thanks!
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Hortensie-Stone Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful walk cycle. You did an amazing job. The movement looks so smooth and fluid.
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011   Artist
Thanks much!
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ScoutingForGeeks Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
looks really good :)
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011   Artist
Thanks.
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JDoodleFevar Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great!! :w00t:
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011   Artist
Thanks!
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JDoodleFevar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcomes ^,^
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saiquarx Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, very elegant, I just have one thing to nit-pick on, it's that panthers legs are a little more stockier, although I know this cat is stylized, I just wanted to say!
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011   Artist
Thanks. I am going for extremely stylized. He is basically a panther on acid.
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saiquarx Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I see, I knew he was stylized, but I just wanted to say, no offence!
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011   Artist
None taken at all, nor will it ever be with critique. (Unless you are rude about it.)
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saiquarx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank's I wish all arstist were that way!
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SweetButtermilk Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks good, but something feels a bit off to me. I'm not sure what it is. Maybe the back legs are picking up too high? [link] <-- there is a good, but short at about 1:40 of him walking, and a few other shots throughout. Hope I was at least a little helpful!
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011   Artist
Yeah, I see what you mean. I think they might be at the wrong angle. The video reference I was using had fuzzy legs so I kind of guessed them.
Thanks!
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SweetButtermilk Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I see. Well, good job overall, thus far! :D You're welcome and good luck! ^.^
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011   Artist
Thanks!
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rasenth Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
The spacing of the inbetweens for the legs are a little bit too even and smooth. Space them closer to the extremes and I think it will look more natural. :3 The tail also should be pulled up by the hips, but it's lengthening in place (if that makes sense @.@) Otherwise, nice design on the cat! <3
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011   Artist
I don't really understand... mind elaborating?
Thanks!
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rasenth Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Oh, the spacing thing? :o It's kind of like this: [link] (I hope the picture shows up, I just found it off Google)
At the moment, your spacing is more like the top one, but the walk will feel more natural if the spacing is more like the bottom example. :3

About the tail, it should move up and down a little bit. Here's a video of a lion walking from the back~ [link]
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011   Artist
Ah yeah. It would have been nice to do that on the raised legs. There just wasn't all that much to do so I forgot about it.
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rasenth Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
I see! :3 Good luck with your animations~
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011   Artist
Thanks!
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Kqeina Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
so far, looks great! Very smooth in the leg moment and that spine. :D
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011   Artist
Thanks!
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