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Hippogriff Skeleton Gallop take2 by Meelz Hippogriff Skeleton Gallop take2 by Meelz
The second "WIP" of a massive project I'm working on, for no apparent reason as yet. It looks familiar but if you look closely there are a few tweaks. I'm not sure if anyone else is interested but I'm putting the following just to keep in mind.

- I [finally] added wings, and instead of going with chickenny type wings, I went with vulture/eagle type wings. I think it suits much better. Maybe now people will stop asking stupid questions when they don't read the comments...

-The legs were landing all wrong/crooked/jumbly, so I tweaked those and now they're looking all nice and delicate. I put particular emphasis on the joints and making them seem more "dynamic".

-The head movement was changed slightly too, it looks much smoother than before which is good, but as someone pointed out just recently on the first WIP - it's all backwards. The head should be moving forward with the landing of the front feet. I don't need to be reminded.

-The speed of the transitions were changed from 0.1ps to 0.8ps. I think this way is much clearer and your (well... my) eyes can focus on the smoothness much better.

-The last upload was in August. It took like six months for this baby to come together but it was probably about two weeks solid.

-The transition to the next.... Rise(?)... Were added to maintain smoothness. At this stage it was all about making shit smooth.


Next things I will work on is making the wing more floaty rather than like it's driving down a dirt road, and changing the whole flow of the damn head.

I welcome critiques at this stage, but keep in mind there are 26 frames so "osteological flaws" will be dismissed. Fuck doing the whole thing again. But minor things are welcome. Suggestions and whatnot, all good.


The first one.


THIS... is *Meelz
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This is my first critique it is:

You did a really good job here, if I compare it with the first one, this one has smoother animation, no frame skipping. But of course the first one was good as well.

My first impression was that this could help other animators who are having a hard time to animate galloping creatures, such as me, and looks like I've found a deviation that would help me with that, which is this.

Thank you for this amazing work, strive and I can tell that you will be successful on your future creations. Good Day.
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow! I commend you on animating a SKELETON omg. I do not have that kind of patience. I'm so rusty on animation but it seems like (from reading your description at least) that you are definitely headed in the right direction :D I can't wait to see the next phase, after you've worked on the head. Maybe add some more frames between the current ones as well so it doesn't look so choppy?
Meelz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Haha thanks Cricks! :D
I'm going to start doing it in Flash from here I think, it might be a bit easier to do exactly that =)
kindstar1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
gosh this is looking great!
Meelz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Thanks! :D
abosz007 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow that looks daaaamn awesome and id find it so hard to figure out how the front... birdy legs would act on a horse body xD amazing!
Meelz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Ahh that part was okay to be honest. I just put the motions of a galloping horse's legs, but with the landing of bird feet :)
smiley-sniggles Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm never going to have the patience to do animation....ever..
so I'll just admire yours from afar haha :)
the first one looked amazing when I saw it on facebook, and if I were able to make something move half as well as the first one did, I would've just said 'meh, good enough' haha XD
Meelz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
I don't know about other people and how they do their animations, but I am taking the long way to do this because of the sheer amount of detail needed. Having said that, I'm always armed with some good OST music and it's the middle of the night so I don't notice the time going. You should definitely try it if you have PS! :)
smiley-sniggles Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
i'll try one day, for now i think i'll focus on being able to draw before i go animating my drawings haha :)
blackseagull Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
great job. what patience dude
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