While experimenting with the Animation Nodes addon for Blender (and trying to understand how it works), I came up with this simple loop, and decided to make a gif out of it. Crappy quality and lots of noise because I didn’t wanted to spend a whole day rendering this…
For anyone wanting to create procedural animation and/or motion graphics in Blender, I heavily recommend this addon, doing animation with nodes is really cool 🙂
I managed to finish the face rig and it looks pretty cool, but now that I fully understand the process I’ll go back to polish the model and add a few things to it. I’ll turn him into a mexican Luchador, so there’s still many things to do. Once he’s finished and fully textured, I’ll create the rig again from scratch, to study it more and hopefully make it better. Finally, once all that is done I’ll make a little animation to test it.
Here’s the ref sheet for the mask and the overall look of the character, and a few more render tests:
I’ve been catching up with some Blendercookie tutorials that I had in my watchlist for quite some time now about rigging and animation, and one particular series caught my attention (check it). The title says “Advance face rig”, and as rigging have always been one of my fears, I tought it would be too hard… but once you see the process is quite the opposite, creating the blendshapes and it’s controllers is actually pretty easy!!!
So, I took this model that I´ve been working on and decided to try it on him, there are just a few basic blenshapes for the mouth and the nose, but so far is coming out nicely.
I’ve done a few test renders just for the fun of it 😀 (the textures and displ maps still need to be added).
Note: the eyes, eyebrows, cheeks and forehead haven’t been touched yet, thats why he looks so funny 😛