The run cycle I found very challenging. Its obviously much faster then a walk cycle so I had much fewer frames to work with. I am fairly happy with how this turned out, though I would have liked to spend more time on the upper body, especially the head.
I rendered out a quick version with motion blur to see what it would look like. I actually think it looks quite cool. Its a feature in Maya I think I am going to have to play with in the future.
I also animated a short gymnastics routine. I had a lot of fun with animating this because of all the interesting and unusual body shapes that I had to hit with the rig. The rig I used was Stewart by Animation Mentor. This rig was so much fun and so nice to work with because of how far you can push it without breaking. It was incredibly handy to have IK/FK switches on both hands and feet, it much easier to animate. There are still a few parts to this I would like to work on and smooth out but Im pretty pleased with how it turned out. Gymnastics was really hard but fun at the same time and I definitely want to work on more body mechanics pieces like this.
I also added some motion blur to the gymnastics animation. (This was an earlier version of the animation so there are still a few glitches here and there)
Body mechanics was something I pushed aside when thinking about stuff that I would ideally want to work on, but after working with the Stewart rig on the above animations I have changed my mind. I had a lot of fun working on both of these, and especially the gymnastics. I feel that its really important to have a good understanding of body mechanics so I am glad that I enjoy it.
I think now I will make it a point to work on more Body Mechanics animation over the summer as I cant wait to work with Stewart again and improve my animation further.