Learn how to rig a four-legged creature (aka a quadruped) in Maya.
[Jason] Hi, I'm Jason Baskin, and welcome to Rigging a Quadruped in Maya. In this course, we'll rig an entire dog mesh from start to finish. We'll begin by creating a virtual armature for the character, positioning joints within the model so that we can deform the mesh at specific locations. Next, we'll create controls for the head, neck, and ears. Then, we'll move on to the front and hind legs, building controls that will allow the character to plant his feet on the ground when walking and running.
Then, we'll add some advanced features, including a more elastic back for exaggerated animation poses, and dynamic joints to control movement of the collar tag. Finally, we'll bind the mesh to the skeleton and test our character to ensure that it's production ready. We'll cover all these topics and more as we develop this full animal character rig. So let's get started Rigging a Quadruped in Maya.
- Creating the skeleton
- Rigging the head, ears, and front and hind legs
- Working with expressions
- Adding extended twist functionality
- Creating an FK/IK tail
- Making the rig scalable
- Binding the mesh to the skeleton and painting skin