Animate a Spider Walk Cycle

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  • Mentor: Jonathan Symmonds
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Course time: 1 hours 30 min
  • Software: Autodesk Maya
  • Project files: Included
  • Course Cost: $20 USD
Course overview
Have you ever wanted to learn how to animate a spider's walk/crawl cycle? This course will take you through all the fundamentals you need to know to accomplish the infamous challenge of animating an arachnid crawl cycle.

Jonathan Symmonds, your instructor, will teach you all the tips and tricks you need to know. By the end of the course, you will have your own crawl cycle to show!
How to animate a Spider Walk cycle

About this course

Mastering the art of animating a creature with eight legs, like a spider, presents a formidable challenge for aspiring animators. Even seasoned professionals can stumble on this intricate task. The secret lies in meticulous attention to the reference material at hand. Seek out the subtle nuances and negative spaces within the reference, and unwaveringly adhere to them.

Creating a photorealistic animation of an eight-legged marvel is the ultimate aspiration for animators. Join Jonathan Symmonds, a specialist in animating multi-legged creatures, as he embarks on a fascinating journey to uncover the essential techniques for crafting a lifelike crawl cycle animation in Maya. By the culmination of this course, you will possess a profound understanding of the locomotion and distinct characteristics required to bring your own mesmerizing eight-legged crawl cycle to life, perfect for showcasing in your demo-reels!

Course Information

***PLEASE NOTE*** - The course itself is free, you can watch it on our YOUTUBE channel. However, if you want the scene files and finished animation from the instructor then you will have to buy it for $20.
  • Course Duration: 1hours 30 minutes
  • This course can be taken at any time
  • Category: Animation
  • 20 USD
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Software required: Autodesk Maya 2019+
  • Instructor: Jonathan Symmonds

What will I learn?

  • Learn how to animate a spider crawling with precision
  • Unlock the mysteries of handling its intricate leg movements
  • Learn how to animate using a simple workflow
  • Deepen your knowledge of arachnid anatomy and locomotion
  • Submit your work for review amongst peers
  • No prerequisites required
  • Download the Project files & finished animation
  • Receive expert guidance from our seasoned instructors
  • Spice up your demo-reel

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  • Age: 37
  • Speciality: Animation
  • Experience: 20+ years
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Meet your instructor

Jonathan Symmonds

Jonathan Symmonds has worked for over 18 years as a senior animator having worked on titles such as James Cameron's "Avatar," "Prince of Persia," "Dark Tide," "Knerten," "Trollhunter," to name but a few. He is more famously recognized as the 'Lead Animator' on the "Game of Thrones."

He has extensive knowledge of creature animation and is one of the co-founders of Sophoria Academy. He was nominated 3 times for a VES Society Award and has even done his own TED Talk.

Join him as he takes you through this fantastic course and learn some insider knowledge from one of the greatest animators around!

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