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May 9, 2009
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Decided to upload this because it's been a while since I shared an animation.

Old WIP I had decided to make for the owner of a prestigious borzoi kennel on FP because I just can't stand the image they have identifying their kennel -->[link]

No offense to whoever made it, but that dog's running backwards... as ~operaslave so eloquently put it: "my legs are hurting just watching it..."

BUT I have yet to finish this, and the tail's movement is more than a little off...

Some day I'll finish all my WIPs, someday...

art (c) me
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I really like this piece, I think the movement had been captured spectacularly, the dog is on the precipé of its movement.
Everything seems to be well in proportion, the musculature looks to be in the right proportions and more importantly in the right places on the dog.
The open mouth is an example of the good observational skills of the artist as a dog does not run with its mouth closed.
The Borzoi is a famous athletic dog and I think that the artist has struck the nail perfectly with this picture.
It's brilliant, I eagerly anticipate the finished article.
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i love it! it is smooth and flows nicely. However there is one think i would change. The back needs to curve more, i do not know if you see what i mean, but i just feel like the back is just too "stiff" if thats the right word for it. i also love how it looks like it "springs" forward from the hind legs, again it is an overall smooth animation. i like how as the animation loops that it does not jump and also keeps its shape through out the whole animation. again you did a wonderful job!
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AkaiKitsuneKegawa Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student General Artist
Really nice! It looks JUST like a Borzoi!!!! :dance:
blinding-eclips Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
looks awsome! CB
I love borzoi's <3
Linzys Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Tat is excellent! Very accurate, I love it. :D
da-bestest-chibi Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
Thank you SO much for putting in the time and effort to make this animation! Not just because you wanted to fix that horribly obvious mistake, but so all the deviants here can see what a REAL run cycle is. Have you seen all the "run cycles" on here? 90% of them are heavily referenced off of the extremely inaccurate Wolf's Rain ending. It makes me sad that no one does anything on their own anymore, they're all like "Oh, that one must be anatomically correct because it's in an anime I like!" (I like Wolf's Rain too, but I knew something was off about that run cycle the first time I saw it.) So thank you again, and maybe some of the deviants will stumble upon this and learn something.
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Student Filmographer
You're welcome ^^;
Yeah, I've seen the incorrect run and walk cycles. I've also noticed that most deviants seem to try animating at least once, regardless. So it's ok if they're just playing around and experimenting, not everyone needs to triple check their animation attempts :)
da-bestest-chibi Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
Yeah sorry about the rant, It's just that I only found yours after looking through all the "experiments" and was kinda frustrated by the time I posted that comment! lol
I just hope they know that if they want to become a serious animator they can't trust most other works for anatomy lessons. :XD:
thraxey Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
good job i like it
BakaMichi Featured By Owner May 25, 2009   General Artist
That other animation you had the link to was crazy :XD: It was running backwards lol It looked like they scanned it from a book or something and stuck it together, just backwards. Silly people.

Anyhow, the animation on yours is great!! :D
I've tried to animate a few dogs running lately, the more realistic I try the worse it comes out haha

I especially like how the dog's head comes up and down, you achived it very nicely ^^
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Student Filmographer
Thanks! :D

I know! I can't help making a face every time I see that thing!

Funny, unless it's a plump little chibi or a more realistic animal, I can't animate it very well ^^;
BakaMichi Featured By Owner May 26, 2009   General Artist
I think I was pulling faces too :XD: It's painful to watch
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