Thursday, 19 December 2013

Soldier Rig

 Here's the soldier rig. It's pretty much the same as the civilian's but with a different model attached. Most of the work that was done for this rig was either getting the armor to move right on the body when he moves, applying, skinning and copying weights over from the civilian weight source or creating his prop rifle.

 Here's his rifle. I used reference from modern military rifles and futuristic-looking rifles in order to get a mix that would look near-futuresque. The trigger is controllable with attributes in the box control surrounding it.

Posed Render

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Civilian Rig

 Here's my civilian rig. Not many unique features, unfortunately. He pretty much uses the standard rig that I'm using for the rest of my characters. Thankfully I'll probably be able to use this very same rig and bind the soldierto it as well, since they're ultimately derived from the same model.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Issac's New Rig! (3 down, 1 to go)

To those of you who have been following along with my progress on these rigs, I'm sure you know the drill by now. Same basic rig as Fat Cat and Kat for consistency reasons, but with a few unique attributes. I'll run through the parts of Issac's rig that differentiates it from the previous two.

Because the Issac model has goggles instead of real eyes, there wasn't a need to create brow rivets or create joints for the eyelids to blink. Instead, only a look control was needed. I wanted to have an attribute in the controller which would enable the eyes to spin around, but I was unable to find a way to do so without the eye rotation on the Eye Look controller locking up in the Y rotation axis.

Volume preservation also works!

The harness seemed a little daunting to rig at first, but after remembering some techniques learned from the online tutorials, it became relatively clear and simple. There were, still, some issues with grouping this into the main rig that proved a pain to resolve, however.


Posed Render

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Fat Cat's New Rig!

 Here's Fat Cat fully rigged and skinned!

 I think I'm starting to get the hang of rigging now. Call me masochistic, but it's actually growing on me. Dare I say that I find it fun?

In order to remain consistant, I pretty much used the same setup as Kat, albiet a modified setup to conform to Fat Cat's build and unique features.

 The ribbon spine is still in use here, too.

 The cybernetic eye was particularly fun to rig. However, despite it's complicated appearence, there weren't many moving parts to work with. I also added control visibility options to the face and the entire body.


I also added an outfit visibility option to reduce frames-per-second lag when animating, much like Kat's outfit switches.

 Following Alan's tutorials as carefully as possible, a lesson learned after trying to mess about with Kat's IK/FK arm switches, I managed to give this rig a similar set of switches.

 Despite Fat Cat's cybernetic eye, rigging his asymmetrical eyes up to a look control wasn't that much different from rigging regular eyes.

 Standard IK leg controls, as well as a standard tail control options embedded within the hip control.

 Show 'em some emotion!

 -and of course, the obligatory rendered pose using his new rig. I created the cigar especially for this pose. The smoke was added in photoshop.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Kat Rig: Finished! (Almost)

 So here she is! Pretty much finished in terms of rigging. I just need to fine-tune a few things such as creating an IK/FK switch for the arms and a bit of tweaking with the spine. I will have to ask how to do those, particularly the switch; I've tried to follow the tutorials on the blog, but it always turns out so messy.

Alan suggested that i use a ribbon spine, which would help a lot with all the dynamic movement that Kat would be doing during the trailer.I have to admit, I'm growing fond of this kind of spine!

 Instead of using blend shapes, i decided to use the riveting technique that Alan introduced me to during the Adaptation project. Riveting gives me a lot more control over the facial expressions and the lip movement. It'sespecially effective during lipsyncing when I can make slight adjustments to the lip shapes when pronouncing an exaggerated word.

 Rivetting also helped me create custom improvized 'blend shapes' with the hood and skirt, enabling me to open and close the skirt and bring the hood up and down over Kat's head.

I also managed to create a channel attribute which enables me to adjust the level of glow on her eyes when Kat 'powers up' as seen in the animatic.

 More custom channels controlling the ears and the hair.

 Standard leg and foot rig.

 I created an outfit switch in the main control which enables me to toggle the visibility of her bandage outfit and her superhero suit, as well as the visibility of her body.

Like I said, there are still a couple of issues to fix...

 Posed and ready to kick some arse!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Kat Rig: Progress update!

Here's my progress on the rig so far. She's skinned and her arms and legs are rigged. It was a fairly merticulous process, a process which drove me well into the early hours of the morning, but I think I'm getting the hang of it. I found that Alan's tutorials helped a lot as a guide. Also, looking through Ethan's blog and the processes he used to create his rig has also given me a few ideas.

 This part of the skinning--the hips-to-thigh connection--was particularly fiddley to pull off.
When rigging, I also created crosshair controls infront of the knees and behind her elbows which control the FK/IK switching.

 The fingers were also a pain. It always seems to be when the geometry folds in on itself around joints that things get complicated during skinning.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Kat Rig WIP1

Jackie put me in contact with Ethan Shilling, a post-graduate student renowned for creating complex and advanced rigs. I talked with him about the problems I might face when creating five rigs for five characters by January and he suggested that I rig only what's neccesarry, which makes sense.

For instance, Issac and Fat Cat most likely won't be needing any rigging on their legs since they never move them during the whole trailer. I will only be needing to fully rig the civilian and Kat it looks like, since the Shock Trooper model was based on the civilian model and will most likely not need a drastically different rig.

When making these rigs, I will also attempt to follow more advanced rigging tutorials online as well as the CG blog tutorials, taking parts from here and there; I would very much like to learn to create my own customized and personalized rigs.

Anyways, it looks like I'm in for the long haul over the next few weeks creating these rigs. I await a habit of sleepless nights and coffee drinking.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Helicopter WIP2

Prop: Helicopter WIP1

I tried to go for a combination of futuristic and modern technology here, since this takes place in the near future setting.

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