walk cycles

Characteristics of a walk

-arms and torso work opposite of the legs and hips

-the body moves up and down- utilize the timing on this movement to suggest the weight or energy level of the subject matter.

-our center of mass must be over our base of support for balance. When we take off on one foot then another we shift or mass from side to side…

-weight shifts to one foot before lifting the other.

-the center of mass should be over the base of support

-there is a shape change after the contact pose. The body goes down when weight is put on the front leg. Then the leg is bent and forms a contrast between the stretch and squash of the shape. The hips get inversed and move on the supporting leg to keep the body in balance… the pose changes so we get a visual representation of the weight.

-the slower the sequence is the more shifts from side to side there needs to be.

-the further apart the feet are the more the weight shifts from side to side…

-a normal walk is at constant speed. Sneaks and other types of walk are not constant speed.

-the arms move forward and back and will slow in and out when they change directions—similar to a pendulum. The feet will ease in before snapping to the ground.

– study the movement through reference for poses and timing.

-during walking- at least one limb is in contact with the ground.

-bipedal motion- for support both feet hit the ground in walking

-during running- both feet are off the ground at some point (flight phase)

-notice the successive breaking of joints in your observations.


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