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3D Character Rigging in Blender

By : Jaime Kelly
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3D Character Rigging in Blender

By: Jaime Kelly

Overview of this book

In the intricate world of 3D character rigging with Blender, aspiring artists often find themselves grappling with the daunting challenge of achieving results akin to seasoned professionals. This book is your guide to overcoming that very challenge, providing you with the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in this complex art form. As you embark on this creative journey, this book will guide you through a carefully crafted flow. Beginning with the basics, the first part of the book will teach you how to add structure to an empty canvas and master the art of weight painting in Blender. You'll delve into the intricacies of rigging humanoid characters, gain a deep understanding of the essential buttons and techniques, and discover invaluable success-boosting tips. Starting with simple mesh deformation using a single bone, you'll progress steadily toward the mastery of fully rigging a human character, all while comprehending the reasons behind each step in the process. Furthermore, the book leaves you with a selection of advanced techniques, fully explained, paving the way for a natural progression in your artistic journey and allowing you to continuously refine and enhance your skills. By the end of the book, you'll excel at crafting character rigs, seamlessly meeting professional pipeline demands in diverse teams and studios.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Free Chapter
1
Part 1: An Introduction
4
Part 2: Rigging
8
Part 3: Advanced Techniques

Understanding the structure of a rig

In this section, we will introduce you to rigs, the core of this book. This will touch on topics such as IK and FK, handles, and shapes, and then we will move on to using Blender and its controls to make our first rig. Take a look at Figure 1.5; it’s a simple rig made up of bones.

Figure 1.5 – A rigged human atop a rigged horse

Figure 1.5 – A rigged human atop a rigged horse

Some points of interest in this rig are as follows:

  • Tails flow into heads: Bones never meet tail to tail or head to head.
  • Some bones have different colors: This is Blender’s default way to show which bones have special properties, relationships, or constraints. You don’t need to worry about this for now; it’s just nice to know that these colors highlight bones with significance.
  • Floating bones: Up to now, I have maintained the idea that bones are used to deform a mesh; however, that isn’t always true. Sometimes, you will find bones with...