the day that somebody invents a MEL script that when you run creates the perfect walk cycle is the day that person becomes a millionairre!!
just kidding but you should be trying to infuse your character with attitude and personality and much of that comes thru subtle body gestures e.g a slight swagger in the walk to convey arrogance and pride or hunched shoulders and head down to convey shyness etc etc. It's all in the sublties and that is what a good animator is paid to do.
It's definatley worth the effort from what I've seen, but dont think that character animators are the only people that get jobs, quite the opposite! I dont do character animation and I hate the fact that every damn tutorial (practically!!
) and prize is done about or given to people who do that. If doing walk cycles doesnt feel right for you then concentrate on something else.
Sorry i'm going off on one here, i'll shut up now
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