Join Jason Baskin for an in-depth discussion in this video Splitting symmetrical shapes into asymmetrical pairs, part of Facial Rigging in Maya.
…One of the challenges of creating a flexible library of blend shapes is…to build asymmetrical targets which can…be combined to create fully symmetrical complements.…For example, it's useful to have an asymmetrical left…or right smile, but animators also need to be…able to combine both of these shapes into a…full symmetrical smile with an appropriate shape along the mid-line.…Sculpting these sorts of complementary shapes by…hand is extremely challenging, but a relatively simple…solution is to take advantage of attribute…maps within Maya's Paint Blend Shape Weights tool.…
So here I have a symmetrical frown and I want…to split it into a left frown and a right frown.…And to do that I've actually taken this shape and fed…it into my left and right target shapes as a blend shape.…So you can see that each of these shapes as…an input, which I've activated 100%, that is the symmetrical frown.…And if I were to edit this shape,…it's going to modify both my left and my right targets.…So now I want to fade the influence of the symmetrical shape by going into the Edit…
- Understanding morph targets
- Using Soft Select, Artisan Sculpt tools, and symmetry options
- Splitting symmetrical shapes into asymmetrical pairs
- Connecting eye rotation to the GUI
- Working with eyelids, using blend shapes or fan joints
- Creating a basic UI control
- Connecting controls
- Orienting joints and creating a support structure
- Attaching joints to the support structure
- Binding joints to the final mesh
- Balancing shape fidelity with rig density and usability
Skill Level Intermediate
Maya Essentials 5: Animation Toolswith George Maestri1h 20m Beginner
1. The Blend Shape Approach
2. Rigging Eyes and Eyelids
3. Building and Connecting Controls
4. Joint-Based Approach
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