Just about to start animating a run cycle for this little guy above. I’ve recently been re-reading a book called The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams, and it’s proven to be invaluable.
I will be animating his legs in the traditional hand drawn approach, with the rest of his body in a cut-out style. The helmet and backpack should make for some good looking secondary animation, giving a bouncy cartoon look and feel to it.
Unfortunately, I wont be animating the gun, as this is controlled by the player. It wont look too bad, it just means the character will be running with really steady hands. If I were up against a throng of the undead, I’d want him on my side!