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This animation was born from a random boredom-drawing of Auros running, and I thought it would be a nice starting frame for a running cycle animation :lol: So this happened.

I still see a few mistakes, but that's the best I can do for now :XD: I've been on this thing for DAYS and now I probably lost what was left of my brain cells. But it was worth it. THE FUN.
And I promised myself I wouldn't shade this...But listening to awesome music changed my mind.

Try to guess what was the biggest pain to animate here. The wings? The tail tuft? Nope.  
IT WAS HER BELLY/TAIL STRIPES. ARGH.


I still remember the last run cycle I made back in 2011... fourth-star.deviantart.com/art… and that I was pleased with is back then. now all I'm thinking is  *pterodactyl shriek* HOW COULD I POST THIS HORROR, I AM ITCHING TO DELETE IT

Animating is officially as fun as it is tiring. I'm actually sad I finished this ;-;


I need hot chocolate now.

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Time taken: Idon'tevenwanttoknow.
14 frames (looped twice for the blinking)
Drawn in PS CS5, frames put together in Macromedia Flash 8.

Auros and animation © Me
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:iconsoundofthecrocodile:
soundofthecrocodile Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Wich animation site do u use
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:iconx0mbii:
X0MBii Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist
this is amazin
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:iconunicorm-grrl:
Unicorm-Grrl Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student General Artist
I noticed that her front paws get abnormally small once they're in the air, like, disproportionally so. But other than that, it looks great!
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:iconfourth-star:
Fourth-Star Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that's true, I never noticed that before D'x
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:iconcrazywolf623:
crazywolf623 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
can you make toothless running for me plz
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:iconnouge:
nouge Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
te wings are wicked good!
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:icondinocycles:
DinoCycles Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
c'est vraiment gťnial, tu souhaites devenir animatrice?
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:icondeltrisa-epic:
Deltrisa-Epic Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Nice Dragon and animations and details
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:iconamberwolf12345:
amberwolf12345 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014   Digital Artist
I love how the wings move, hope 1 day I can animate smoothly like this XD
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:icon110gamergirl:
110Gamergirl Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
What did you use to make this?
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:iconilovemybirdies:
ilovemybirdies Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
ITS SO SMOOTH!!!! :D
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:iconbrexithepotato:
BrexiThePotato Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
vŠueduvsbżdc this is eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :OOOOOOOOO
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:icon110gamergirl:
110Gamergirl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
WOW!
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:icondragonwhisperer23:
DragonWhisperer23 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
How did u do that?
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:iconlodzia3:
lodzia3 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Wow, It's really pretty, though it HAD to take lots of time making it. x3
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:icondiamondlordghirahim:
DiamondLordGhirahim Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
nice
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:iconmakaruu:
Makaruu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is brilliant! (i love it how you said "Idon'tevenwanttoknow" for time taken xD )
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:iconshadowsoarhawkflight:
ShadowSoarHawkflight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, dude!
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:iconlilyspring:
LilySpring Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dude, seriously this is amazing omg I could stare at this all day XD you could be a professional animator gah....
mmm, dat wing tho :icondatassplz: geez, just amazing work here...
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:iconthebluedreammaker:
TheBlueDreamMaker Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really well maden!
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:iconhannahelizabethh:
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student General Artist
sweet one! :)
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:iconraven-2007:
raven-2007 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
I imagine that you have a lot of patience, to redraw similar features over and over. :O The animation is quite stunning. ^^ I love that you paid attention to seemingly-minor details, like the gentle bob of the tail tip, the stretching and contracting of the neck, the wing movement etc. Awesome work!
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:iconblaze-flamewing:
Blaze-Flamewing Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS SO ORGANIC AND ALMOST PERFECTLY FLUID! The outcome is absolutely amazing!
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:iconsmeagle123:
smeagle123 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student General Artist
^^
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:iconcsiosoft:
CsioSoft Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nicely done!
although I don't think she should have these back-leg thumbs like raptors do! I mean, she's a dragon after all!
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:iconsunbeargirl:
Sunbeargirl Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, she really looks amazing. :D Her front feet seem to get bigger once they touch the ground, and her belly looks a bit fat when her feet are outstretched; but your work is ever unbelievably amazing. :iconenrapturedplz: You have obviously worked incredibly hard at this for a long time, and it has really paid off.
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:iconshocka123:
shocka123 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ahhh where did you get flash? I have been itching to get it but the only thing I can animate is Photoshop. If I wanted to animate things in there it's going to be super sketchy. Oh well I'll wait for my new tablet when this one breaks down. It has a good animation program I heard
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:iconfourth-star:
Fourth-Star Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gonna note you c:
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:icondragonspirit10:
DragonSpirit10 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Very cool also I watched this while listening to Off-White music video: drumming inside my head (FANMADE) and I think it adds a nice touch
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:iconshwonky:
Shwonky Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
The wing movement is amazingly good!
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:iconfourth-star:
Fourth-Star Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! c8
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:iconxorexthedragon:
XorexTheDragon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
if I wanted to guess what the hardest thing for you to animate was, I'm going to guess it was either the hind legs, or all the legs :3

was I right? O.o
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:iconfourth-star:
Fourth-Star Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Noope, it was the stripes on her underbelly xD
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:iconxorexthedragon:
XorexTheDragon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Damn XD not even close. Oh well, it's still a good piece of animation :3
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:iconskaizek:
Skaizek Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guees If she could have more fat, the fat would be hitting her face on each step :XD:
Awesome work as always :XD:
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:iconfourth-star:
Fourth-Star Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Auros: WHO CALLED ME FAT?!  *sharpens claws*
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:iconskaizek:
Skaizek Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Steeg: I called you fat *grins and starts to run far away*
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:icondarastrrixpearl:
DarastrrixPearl Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow.... im jelly....
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:iconchontecuamaker:
Chontecuamaker Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heyyyy :D can i ask you a question? Just..what program do you use when you animate? Just wondering. your animations are so gorgerous!
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:iconfourth-star:
Fourth-Star Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It says what programs I use in the description >->
But I draw in Photoshop and then put the frames together in Macromedia Flash 8.
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:iconchontecuamaker:
Chontecuamaker Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok ^^ Oh gosh, sorry, I didn't notice it in the desc :iconfacepalmplz:
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:iconspirit-wolf-eyes:
Spirit-Wolf-Eyes Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I LOVE the wing movement, its like the wings glide through the air!!!
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:iconfourth-star:
Fourth-Star Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! c8
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Spirit-Wolf-Eyes Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
your welcome!!!
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:iconterreflare:
Terreflare Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! It looks really great and you even colored and shaded the whole thing! :la:

I could spend a very long time pointing out parts I love, but I try a little to help add tiny bit of critique to my comments to be helpful if you want to hear some. I guess for this the first thing I noticed was that it seems to lack the other wing. I know you draw a lot of pictures like this just because it could easily be hiding behind the first wing, but in a walk or run cycle I would expect to see the back wing at least appear a few times with the "wrist" part when they lurch forward and the longest "finger" tips behind the other wing as it moves up and down. It would probably not be too much work to add at least a darker silhouette of them.

Another critique that may be more personal preference in that the claws on his feet are not really digging into the ground or laying flat with each step, most notably with the long curved claws on the back feet. I am sure animating each toe would be a big pain, but for extra realism you could try to curl them down more and treat the claws as functional cleats that dig into the ground if needed for a very strong grip. I guess I tend to always use my claws too much personally though because I love climbing trees and holding myself down in strong winds, but I suppose dragons could be designed with claws being for looks and hunting only more like cats than birds if you prefer each step to keep the claws off the ground. It still looks like that back toe is almost uncomfortably twisted up, but perhaps if I freeze framed the animation it could be a part of the character's design instead of an animation flaw. :shrug:

That is all I can really think of. The rest looks super fluid and realistic to me. The picture seems a little jumpy because there are not a ton of frames, but speeding it up is the only way to solve that without wasting a lot of time drawing more frames and that would probably start to make the character look unrealistically fast if you sped it up much more so this feels about right. Hopefully she drank a lot of water because I would be pretty dehydrated after running like that for this long. Maybe she stops running when no one is watching this picture O.o

Oh, I hope you had a great Christmas! :santa: I forgot to say that on Christmas, so I will do it here since this comment is too long anyway! :dummy:
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:iconlacymooo:
lacymooo Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This animation in very smooth! well done.
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:iconshippuden23:
Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
This is awesome. Great job?
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:iconsplash-q:
Splash-Q Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool
:)
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:iconcdredadragon:
CDReDaDRaGoN Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Awesomeness work.
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:iconpure-dragon97:
Pure-Dragon97 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh man. I always wondered why you called your old style so ugly but now I realize, looking at Skye's head back there. x'3 Your dragons are so graceful and beautiful now ;u;
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