Duration 31h 49mProject Files Included MP4
Title: CGCircuit – Rigging Techniques Cartoon to Realistic by Nico Sanghrajka
Building a robust and solid baseRig and learn tips and techniques as well as production proven workflows along the way.
You will see me work and learn how I approach rigging after having worked as a character TD at companies such
Dreamworks PDI, Framestore, MPC, ILM and Atomic Fiction.
This workshop is intended for riggers that already have some knowledge of rigging and is not meant as an Intro course.
The workshop week by week
Week 1: Week01 – Basics: Starting out with a solid base Part 1
What makes an advanced rig? | Analyzing some existing rigs | Model pose and topology considerations for rigging | Naming convention | Joint placement | Joint orientation (rotation axis) | Modular rigging (break it down) | Creating the FK spine | Custom attributes | Color coding | Locking and hiding attributes
Week 2: Week02 – Basics: Continuing to build the base rig.
Arms and legs | IKFKblend | Blendcolor nodes vs orient constraints | Creating hands and fingers | Foot setup with multiple pivot points | Utility/math nodes | Macro finger attributes and secondary micro controls
Week 3: Week03 – Basics: Connecting everything together and rigging the rest of the base rig.
Connecting everything together | Point constraints and orient constraints | Creating shoulder, head, jaw, and eye controls | Rough skinning | Managing the visibility of controls
Week 4: Week04 – Getting more advanced: The Spine
Building a more advanced spine | How many joints do I need? | IK ribbon spine | Squash and stretch spine | Volume preservation and color-feedback | FK spine with variable controls | Reverse FK spine
Week 5: Week05 – Getting more advanced: Arms, Shoulders and simple PoseReader
Advancing the legs and arms | Squash and stretch limbs | Condition node | Split knee and split elbow | Shoulder blade setup | Building a native Maya pose reader | Auto clavicle | Optional: bendy limbs
Week 6: Week06 – Deformations
Deformations | Looking at edgeflow and topology | Weights painting | Additive vs subtracting | Smoothing | Weighthammer | Influence objects | Optional: building a low-res cage | Corrective shapes | Posebased deformation
Week 7: Week07 – Faking Muscles and adding Dynamics
Anatomy and muscles | Faking muscles and skin sliding | Dynamics in rigging | Soft bodies and dynamic curves | Delayed animation ctrls
Week 8: Week08 – Tying up some loose ends
Testing the rig | Picking three (extreme) poses | Make sure all is working and ready for anim | Creating a script to reset all the control back to default
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