Online Fall Session


SESSION STARTS: September 20th 2021

ANIMATION: Animating Quadrupeds

Kevin O'Hara

Animator, Pixar Animation Studios

Length of Workshop: 12 weeks. Once a week.
Days: Mondays starting April 19th, 2021
Time: 7pm – 10pm pacific time
Tuition: $1.900 (Includes a $200 non-refundable registration fee)
Prerequisite: reel review required


Animating Quadrupeds
Is for students interested in learning about Quadrupeds. We will go over how and why Quadrupeds move the way they do.
Learning the mechanics of quadruped gaits along with behavioral traits will help students get comfortable with 4 legged creatures.

I will do live animation draw overs on the students mov.files.  This gives great clarity as the notes will be given as moving drawings.  Exporting the .mov for students to keep.

The Goal of Animating Quadrupeds

Quadrupeds can be a daunting task for any animator. The goal of this class is to give a solid foundation to students that can be applied to the task of animating Quads.


  • Horse movement

  • walk cycle

  • gallop/ run cycle

  • physicality test 1

  • physicality test 2

  • physicality acting test

  • draw-over of students personal shots if interested

  • Quad rigs supplied by AnimC


We recommend that students take Fundamentals of Animation before taking Animating Quadrupeds.

A link to your demo reel is required with your registration.

 *Animating Quadrupeds is limited to 8 students to allow for maximum individualized focus. We encourage a comfortable, collaborative environment so that students can learn from their own assignments, the critiques of others’, instructor demos, lectures, and guest speakers.