To discover what would be the most appropriate final project for me I will be exploring several areas which interest me and tie to my specialist area. To start, I will be conducting primary research in order to gather resources and information relevant to my chosen topics of animals and nature. More specifically, I am interested in researching the body structures of animals, the poses they adopt, and how they move around. To research this, I will take photos of any animals I see, and record videos of animal movement. By conducting this research I hope to learn more about these areas, and I hope to discover if this is a topic I would like to pursue as a final project.
This slideshow contains several images of animals which were Photographed during our group primary research. We had a large focus on quadrupeds, but we also collected images of birds to observe different body structures and movement patterns. When observing the body structure of various types of dogs and goats we can see that the hind legs are thicker than the front legs as the limbs approach the torso. We can also observe that the limbs have reversed joints, compared to humans, giving them a unique movement style. Due to the quadrupedal form, these animals are mostly quite low-set, having torsos that are vertically short, but horizontally long. To contrast this, the bird photos display a bipedal form, their bodies are oriented more vertically and their heads are set high on their torsos. Their legs are less pronounced than those of quadrupeds like dogs, this is due to the lowered reliance on ground travel for birds compared to dogs and goats. I found observing the body structures of creatures to be quite interesting, in particular I am intrigued by the limb structure of dogs and similar quadrupeds.
In the video above are recordings of animal movements, the ones displayed in this video are goats and birds. The the goat recordings we can observe them walking to their pen, from this we can gather that the goats walk by moving the legs one at a time, with no legs moving synchronously. The goats also alternated between moving frontal legs and hind legs to walk. In comparison, the bird movements were more straightforward as they were bipedal. When they walked I noticed two characteristics of their movements, first was that they lean to the side with each step, causing them to waddle when they move. The second thing I noticed was that the bird head bobbed forwards with each step, unlike the goats who had comparatively stable head movements.
From this primary research I have been able to observe the body structure and movements of some bipedal creatures and some quadrupedal creatures. I have been able to observe the movement patterns of these creatures and compare how their differing body types and leg structures affect how they move. For example; goats walk by moving one leg at a time, with no synchonised leg movements, they also retain a relatively stable overall body motion due to the amount of limbs they have. In contrast, Pigeons have more top-heavy forms with two short legs, which causes them to sway as they walk. These observations will help me because if I animate an animal of some sort for my final project I must be aware of their movement patterns.