What if illustrations taught more?
Reading and following a trail brings all the layers together and, along with a knowledgeable instructor, is the most helpful learning tool.
Much progress can be made quickly and it’s a learning process one can spend a lifetime in … It combines all the other layers. (“Layers” … now there’s an illustration!)
And since every trail is different, how many trails does one have to read before they’ve seen every possible layer, or movement? Yeah, greater ‘time required to learn’ … And if the student has already chosen to spend big chunks of their lives at work or parenting, or in some other day-consuming way? Should they give up on tracking … or work … or parenting?
This page is about illustrations designed to help students learn the skills needed to read trails.
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A Starting Place: The Human Trail
The Goal: Build an initial scene where some kind of trail is created. To create this human trail rigid body physics were used to control the interaction between feet, sand objects, and gravity.
Yes, the example is limited (by the processing power of the author’s PC) and the animation needs help, and that’s ok for now since this page concerns what to illustrate as much as it is about eventually, developing full and complete illustrations.
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Links to other pages …
Page: Foot Movements …
Canine Claw Tip Leaves Track in Fine Sand
Page: How To Find and See Tracks …
Controlling Lighting to Increase Visibility of Tracks
Finding the Next Track
Dust Compressions (Dull on Shiny by Canine Toe Pad)
Track on ‘Bare’ Rock (Red Fox Front Foot)
Using Stone Rolls to Find Tracks
The Tracking Stick