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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)
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Part 1: An Introduction
Part 2: Rigging
Part 3: Advanced Techniques

Using Pose Mode

These bones aren’t of much use if we can’t bend them to our will. Enter pose mode. As the name might suggest, this mode allows us to pose bones. We need to enter Pose mode, select a bone, and rotate it. You should already have a rough idea of how to do this, but here are step-by-step instructions:

  1. Press Tab or use the dropdown to enter Pose mode.
  2. Left-click on any bone and take note of the outline.
  3. Press R to rotate the selected bone, using your mouse to rotate:
Figure 2.10 – Rotating bone (FK)

Figure 2.10 – Rotating bone (FK)

Take note of how rotating a bone will affect the bones above it but not below it. Bending the bones one by one is known as Forward Kinematics (FK). We will be able to compare it to IK later.

Just like how we can limit transforms to an axis by pressing G to grab and pressing Z to limit to the Z axis, we can do this in pose mode too!

More on transforms

Using a single press of an axis while transforming...