When I finally turn my attention to the legs, I start again by designing the down poses. The leg that’s on the ground remains more or less the same, and the other one is at its furthest back point, the moment from which it will start to move forward. Notice that it’s not kicking too far back – this is not a run, and not a very energetic walk which would require a strong kick-off.
Of course I haven’t deleted my up poses, I’ve only taken them out of this preview so you can see the fully designed down poses clearly. Now I deign the legs of the up poses. You can see that they mirror each-other, and that they aren’t too different from the “pass” pose of the previously mentioned generic walk. The difference is that they look like a person walking, not like the picture on a traffic light.
At the beginning of this stage I switched back to “stepped” keys (or turned off the “motion tween” in Flash). After the poses are finished I switch back to “linear”. The final result of this stage is this: