8th August 2015
Unfurling Fern Leaf
A very manageable furling fern leaf inspired by time-lapse footage of a growing fern. The leaf can be resized, curl tightly or less by manipulating the IK/FK control and further animated using blend shapes. This was a self- assigned project to test how to replicate realistic motion in animation simply and easily with the rig.
Rigging Old-man Cloud
As the cloud was constantly hovering, I used a sine wave expression on the joints in his arms as inspired by a fish tutorial, so they would wiggle indefinitely. Joints and careful weight painting was used on his face, as well as a lattice deformer for his bushy eye brows.
(Texturing: Elizabeth Peach, Bournemouth University.)
Using cluster curves as inspired by a tentacle rig tutorial by Digital Tutors, I repeated a variation of this rig for a piece of paper (shown in rendered cloud image earlier). It folded and bent so it could be animated drifting to the floor.
I used joints and careful weight painting, then added controls suitably as well as additional blend shapes for the character’s facial expressions. It was definitely a learning curve – I wasn’t very good at weight painting at first, so the results were quite horrific – I finally improved and had some extra fun with some sassy blend-shapes! I intend to do a face rig again sometime with better results, as I found some joints could have been better placed, and everything could generally be neatened.