An exercise in four-legged gallops.
I chose to do a fleeing cougar using footage of a cheetah running as reference material because I wanted to exaggerate the squashing and stretching in order to make the movement expressive.
As it happens, the cheetah's torso fluxuates so much in real life that I actually had to tone it down!!
I drew the images on paper and scanned them into photoshop, where I cut out each image and deleted the background. I adore that organic texture of drawing on paper and much prefer the aesthetic appearance of this animation to those drawn straight into flash. I feel that if you combine digital imagery with material imagery, the papery texture looks intentional rather than sloppy.