Noah's Ark Farm & Zoo
Photos of a range of quadrapeds found at Noah's Ark and Zoo. I started research into the different ways four legs are moved on all different animals by a visit to this zoo, capturing photos and videos.
Anatomy of A Tiger
While sketching the walking pattern of a tiger it struck me how small the bottom half of their legs are compared to the top. When they bend their leg it bends very close to the actual foot. Therefore I looked up diagrams on the anatomy, looking at the body beneath the fur, both in terms of muscle and bone structure. The length of the upper bones in the leg is significantly larger than the ones below, and is very different to a human leg.
This is actually my first ever animation I made back in sixth form - I remember thinking at the time that somehow a quadruped walk cycle would be easier to animate than a human walk cycle - was very soon proved wrong! Anyhow, I retrieved this to look at how I had animated it back then.. not entirely accurately, I used Muybridge's series of photos to animate it from, but picked an elephant which it turns out has an entirely different walk cycle to a cat.. hence the moonwalk effect.