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Cat Run Cycle Template
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Published: October 24, 2015
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All right I finally finished a template a long time in the making! (At least in my head)
I draw a bunch of big cats, and I've already made a lion, so of course I had to do a house-kitty-cat at some point!

I've seen a lot of cat run cycles across the internet, but I rarely see one that's really convincing. Well now that I've made one, I can tell why it's tricky! Horses and dogs are pretty easy, as they like running, and they're long-distance runners. Finding good reference for those is easy. But not cats! Cats are sprinters, and leapers. They stalk, burst into action, run for a few seconds (throwing in a leap here and there), they change direction fast - and it seems they're always running in uneven terrain. So finding reference of a cat running at a steady pace - almost impossible. 

So I made this, trying my best to make a cat running at a steady pace - not trotting, not leaping, but trying to get out that characteristic springy run cycle. It was tricky, but I think it worked out pretty well! And of course, you can use it! I tried to make it a more standard house cat, with short-ish fur and small/medium build. 

Thank you for buying this template, by doing so you support me as an animator! :aww: It's thanks to the people who have bought my other templates that I have been encouraged to keep making more of these, so thank you for making it possible!


This cheap template can be used for pretty much anything!

Bullet; Yellow Reference sheets
Bullet; Yellow RPing
Bullet; Yellow Animation exercise
Bullet; Yellow Individual frames can be used in comics, series and such
Bullet; Yellow Reference
Bullet; Yellow Anything you can imagine! If you're in doubt, ask me! 

Do feel free to edit the template in any way you'd like, you could just colour it, or you could redraw the entire line-art to make it more your style, add hair, or change it's look however you'd like. It's yours to keep and do whatever you'd like to do with it!

Click here to buy the template with PayPal! (3$): sellfy.com/p/CnDd/

This download comes as a Zipped folder, and contains the following:

Bullet; White 1 PSD file containing all frames as layers (arranged and ready for animating)
Bullet; White 1 PNG-sequence (so you can use in other programs)

If you're not sure how to use this, perhaps this quick tutorial can be helpful: panasonja.blogspot.no/2013/04/…
Otherwise you can commission me to colour it for you! (20-40£, depending on the complexity of your character)


:bookdiva: Rules! :bookdiva:

The template can be used for any personal and non-commercial use.

You can NOT use this template for the following:
Bullet; Black Commissions
Bullet; Black Redistribution (don't sell it or give it to anyone for free, or make it available to people to download for free or for your own earnings)

:heart: You don't HAVE to credit me, but it would be super appreciated! Also if you let me know that you've used this template, I will add a link in this description so more people get to see it :)

Let me know if you used the template, and I'll showcase it here! :la:

Midnight Run - Icon by X-Mystic-Midnight-X Run For It Run [Gif] by AgenderedKing


Thank you very much for buying the template, favouriting and sharing! By doing so you support my art, and allow me to make more :heart: :la:

More templates by me:

Lion Run Cycle Animation Template by Panimated Wolf Run Cycle Template by Panimated Wolf Trot Cycle Animated Template by Panimated 
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LukaSwift's avatar
LukaSwift|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Time to fav this so I don't forget it once I have a good style and lots of points! ♥♥
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BlessedBlossom1|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! It's sooo smooth!!
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dragonwings90Edited |Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I'm sorry to ask this, but what frame rate is this in? I know it's twelve frames total, but I don't know if it's 12 fps or 24 fps ^^;
I also don't know the frame rate for the wolf run template

Edit: Figured out that it's 20fps, but I don't know what the wolf one is
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Panimated|Professional Filmographer
I actually can't remember now, but I think I usually set each frame to show at 0.08 parts of a second? Photoshop has this dumb setup where they don't let me choose framerate, just how long each frame should show. But I think 20fps sounds and looks about right :) 
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dragonwings90|Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I checked with the cat one and it is 20fps, don't worry about it ^^
I'll try the same method for the wolf one when I get to it and I'll let you know, if you want
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0Nightfall0|Hobbyist General Artist
omg no I have no money
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kittyrules2003|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool! I'm not really sure how I'd be able to customize it if I did pay for it, though :o I need a run cycle of my OC haha
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Shalefoot|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Purchased and will be posting with credits towards you soon!
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Panimated|Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D 
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Shalefoot|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still working through it -- it may take me a while to complete since I have my own things going on, but I will notify you with a tag when it is up :>
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DARNITDEVIANTART's avatar
Bear template? Please? 
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Nikkydog|Hobbyist Filmographer
May I use this as a reference? ^^
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SqdPxl|Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry to comment on an old submission, but this run cycle just has such a nice elastic feel to it! 
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Panimated|Professional Filmographer
I love comments on old and new submissions! Thank you! :D
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saltyclam's avatar
this is AMAZING!
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L0v3MahDoggo|Student Digital Artist
♥ it! Great job!!
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Used!  Fireheart running by FlyingFeatherToBe <------------- CLICK TO SEE THE ANIMATION
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SneakyFox03|Hobbyist Filmographer
Hey, I was wondering if i could use this and your other works as a simple reference, without using the actual source material. Would I have to purchase the animation for that?
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Panimated|Professional Filmographer
It depends really how you use it - if you need it to work the mechanics of the run (when paws hit the ground, etc.) then I'm fine with it. copying or tracing is obviously not ok, but it doesn't sound like that's what you had in mind.
I think the test is; if you can recognise my animation in your final animation, then you've referenced too closely. Usually this happens if the proportions and mechanics copy mine exactly. Try using your own proportions and be a little creative with the movement (exaggerate some bits, tone down some bits) - make it your own :) 
The safest bet would be to just buy the animation of course! :P 
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SneakyFox03|Hobbyist Filmographer
Yeah, I was mainly going to use it as a loose reference, not a copy. I seem to have gotten the basics down though, so I won't be using it. Thanks though.
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AnonymousEclipse|Hobbyist Filmographer
👍
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puppy-doq|Hobbyist Digital Artist
if u ever lower this i will buy, or i dont have enough points now but ill try to save up lol
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WanderingWolverine's avatar
So....

No adopts for designs on using the base? Wanna make sure
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Panimated|Professional Filmographer
Adopts are fine! As long as the person adopting your design doesn't get the blank animation template - you know? Just make it clear that they adopt the design you've made, not the animation :D (I think most adopters will understand :meow: )
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