Online masterclass by Teodor Hristov

Perspective Walk Сycle

Perspective Walk Сycle

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This masterclass is going to help you to better understand walk cycles seen from different points of view with a strongly exaggerated perspective and how to make excellent looping gif. Half of it is made in Adobe After effects using shape layers and particles. And the other part is frame by frame drawn animation. We are going to sketch and make our rough animations in Rough Animator app for iPad and clean it in Adobe Animate.

Student requirements:

To finish this masterclass you will need some basic skills with Adobe After Effects and good drawing skills on a tablet for an accurate line.

Minimum software requirements:

After Effects Animate Rough Animator

Masterclass lengths:

3 hours 10 minutes.

The masterclass is online, so you will have access to it 24/7

Masterclass Curriculum


Walk and shape layers

I will explain to you the main key poses of a walk cycle. And based on that we will make the character’s body, book, and umbrella using shape layers in After Effects.


Perspective and particles

We will make the puddles on the ground look like they are moving with the perspective and we will experiment with “CC Particle World” effect to create rain.


Rough animation

We are moving on to the drawing part of the lesson. I will show you a Rough animator app on iPad but of course, you can draw in Adobe Animate or on a piece of paper if you prefer. We are going to draw the keyframes of the character’s legs. After that, I will show you how to make the side character walk further in the distance.



Once we have the keyframes we can think about the spacing between the frames and the line of movement in order to finish the rest of them.


Cleaning, assembling and corrections

We will clean the rough animation in Adobe Animate so that it is in shapes and nice strokes. Then we will gather it all in After effects again and do some corrections to finalize. In the end, we will export a gif in Dribble format (800x600).

Masterclass Tutor

Teodor Hristov
Animator & Motion Designer

Teodor Hristov was born in 1992 in Kazanlak, Bulgaria. He studied Spatial design in the National High School of Plastic Arts and Design in his hometown. After that, he graduated from New Bulgarian University with a degree in Animation. He won a prize at the WFAF-Varna for the best Bulgarian student animation film for his graduation film “Scary Unknown”. After his graduation, he worked for a year and a half for e Belgian animation studio “StoryMe”.

In 2017, he became a part of a small young team called “Lobster Studio”. They’ve created the short animation film “Weird” and have many other interesting projects.