Character rigging is the method with which you create a system for animating a character. A rig is represented by two primary mechanics: the skeleton, consisting of hierarchical rotations to drive the motions, and a skin, or method of deforming the geometry that makes up the character model. Essential Skills in Character Rigging is a beginner's gui
Table of contents
- Section I: Rotation
- Chapter 1: Hierarchies
- Chapter 2: 3D Rotations
Chapter 3: Joints and Joint Orient
- 3.1 What Is a Joint?
- 3.2 What Properties Do Joints Have That Other Types of Transforms Don’t?
- 3.3 What Is a Joint Orient?
- 3.4 How Do You Set Joint Orients?
- 3.5 What Is the Best Configuration to Set Up Joint Orients?
- 3.6 How Do Joint Orients Relate to Rotation Order?
- 3.7 Does Translating Joints Affect the Joint Orient at All?
Chapter 4: Primary Skeleton
- 4.1 What Is a Skeleton?
- 4.2 What Are Skeletons Used For?
- 4.3 What Is Forward Kinematics?
- 4.4 What Different Poses Are Characters Modeled in, and How Does That Affect the Skeleton?
- 4.5 What Is Skeletal Alignment and How Does It Relate to the Character Model?
- 4.6 How Do I Assess a Character Model for Skeletal Alignment?
4.7 Lesson 1: Creating the Basic Skeleton
- 4.7.1 Step 1: Load the File
- 4.7.2 Step 2: Create the Template Joint
- 4.7.3 Step 3: Expose the Joint Orients
- 4.7.4 Step 4: Create the Spine
- 4.7.5 Step 5: Create the Legs
- 4.7.6 Step 6: Orient the Leg Joints
- 4.7.7 Step 7: Create the Arms
- 4.7.8 Step 8: Orient the Arm Joints
- 4.7.9 Step 9: Mirror the Limbs
Chapter 5: Intermediate Skeleton Setup
- 5.1 How Do I Orient My Joints Properly? How Do I Determine Rotation Order?
- 5.2 When Do I Need to Customize My Joint Orients? How Do I Set Custom Joint Orients?
- 5.3 What Are Twist Nodes? How Do I Put Twist Nodes into My Skeleton?
- 5.4 What Twist Nodes Do I Need to Create for My Human Skeleton?
- 5.5 How Do I Insert a Twist Joint If I Need One?
- 5.6 Do I Have to Do All This on the Other Side?
Chapter 6: Inverse Kinematics
- 6.1 What Is Inverse Kinematics?
- 6.2 Why Do I Need Inverse Kinematics?
- 6.3 How Do I Create IK Chains?
- 6.4 What’s the Difference between Single-Chain and Rotate-Plane IK? What Is a Pole Vector?
- 6.5 How Do I Edit IK Chains and Their Parameters?
- 6.6 What Are the IK Essentials for the Humanoid Body?
- 6.7 What Is Spline IK?
- 6.8 Lesson 1: Building Standard IK Chains for a Human Arm
- Section II: Deformation
Chapter 7: Introduction to Deformation
- 7.1 What Is a Deformer? How Do Deformers Work?
- 7.2 What are the Different Kinds of Deformers?
- 7.3 How Are Deformers Used in Modeling, Animating, and Character Rigging?
Chapter 8: Skinning a Character
- 8.1 What is Skinning?
- 8.2 How Does Skinning Work?
- 8.3 What Are the Different Types of Skinning Methods?
- 8.4 What Are the Important Parameters of Binding a Character?
- 8.5 Can I Let Maya Do My Skin Weights for Me?
- 8.6 What Is Artisan?
- 8.7 What If I Need to Move a Joint after Skinning My Character?
- 8.8 How Can I Save My Skin Weights so I Have to Do Them Again?
- 8.9 What Is Secondary and Tertiary Deformation?
8.10 Lesson 1: The Zeman Skin Weight Method
- 8.10.1 Step 1: Binding the Character to the Skeleton
- 8.10.2 Step 2: Blocking Out Skin Weights
- 8.10.3 Step 3: Blending the Weights in the Seams
- 8.10.4 Step 4: The Clavicle/Humerus/Upper Spine
Chapter 9: Relationships
- 9.1 How Do You Make Relationships between One Node and Another?
- 9.2 Why Do You Need to Make Relationships between One Node and Another?
- 9.3 What Are Constraints and What Do We Use Them For?
- 9.4 What Are Expressions?
- 9.5 What Are Math Nodes?
- 9.6 What Are Driven Keys?
- 9.7 What’s the Best Method of Generating a Relationship? What Are the Differences between One Method and Another?
- 9.8 Lesson 1: The Reverse Foot
- 9.9 Lesson 2: The Pole Vector
- 9.10 Lesson 3: Driving Hand Poses with Driven Keys
- 9.11 Lesson 4: Driving Corrective Blend Shapes
- 9.12 Lesson 5: The Twist Rig
- Chapter 10: Conclusion
- Title: Essential Skills in Character Rigging
- Release date: October 2015
- Publisher(s): A K Peters/CRC Press
- ISBN: 9781498788120
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