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Blender 2.5 Character Animation Cookbook by Virgilio Vasconcelos

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Grasping and throwing objects

When animating a scene, you will often have to animate a character interacting with props, such as grasping a cup of tea, a sword, a gun, or a flower bouquet. These props are not part of the main rig, but you need a way to control them easily.

Let's imagine a scene where our character finds a giant diamond and picks it up with his left hand.

How to do it...

  1. Open the file 006-Props.blend. It has our character Otto in front of a stand with a big diamond on top. The character has a very basic animation with three Extreme positions defined to pick the diamond with his left hand. The next screenshot shows the first keyframe:
  2. Press Alt + A to see the animation. The character reaches out for the diamond with his left hand ...

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