Oct 282013

I really should be in bed since I have work in.. 4 hours… but I’ve been working on the hawk all weekend and wanted to post pictures. I finished the rig, updated the model. Now I just need to mirror the model and I can start skinning it. However I wanted to get a quick (and I mean quick) look at how it was coming out and to see if my changes to the mesh were working so I bound the geometry and threw it into a quick pose- folded the wings and the tail, pulled his head down and foot up and voila, pose! This is the DEFAULT bind, no editing of the bind at all so the skin looks funky in places (really, don’t look under the wings- yeeeesh!) I’m extraordinarily pleased with it so far. Can’t wait to really skin it and work on the deformations!!*

Here’s the rig:

I Know the rig looks like a mess of controls, but it isn’t. I took a page out of the Norman Rig’s book and have the whole lot controlled by that little control over on the left that says “CTRL Viz”. It controls the visibility of different sections of controls, so that you can turn on and off controls that you need. This way they’re not cluttering up the screen all at once and you still have access to all the controls you need. So far they work well, but there are a few I need to change around. The wings are also Version 2.0 of Wing Creator that I mentioned and linked to in my last post, with better finalized feather geometry on it. When I give this hawk some animation I’ll put the 2.0 rig through it’s paces and see what bugs I find so I can fix it and publish 2.0. You can also see where I did the extra modeling finessing. The right hand side shows the more detailed foot, the left side shows the old foot. I think I’m looking forward to the deformations on those feet the most, and the head and neck second most. I have some good ideas for them I can’t wait to try.

Anyhow, had to post this and get it out of my system before I went to bed. I’ll post more details tomorrow or tuesday night, and hopefully an actual bound skin with a first pass on it. I also need to scan in the sketches I made last weekend. Natalie and I went to the Houston Zoo and had a sketch fest. I discovered I really like drawing ungulate animals when they’re in odd poses (like sitting/lounging on the ground giraffes) and animals with wrinkles. Sketchdump and more hawk updates soon!

*3 am in the morning dictates that I use excessive amounts of exclamation marks to show how giddy I am (probably from sleep deprivation). Here have some more!!!!!!!!!!