If you like to check out the dragon rig, it’s now available on Cogswell’s website here.
This is continuation from the project I started on last summer with making rigs for the animation classes at Cogswell College.
After finishing up the Jaguar, I shifted my work onto the dragon named Cogswell (to loosely tie the character to the college’s mascot), which was modeled and textured by Robert Garcia. With the dragon’s design being pretty close to a quadruped I was able re-use most of the rig techniques from Toothy: IK/FK legs, FK tail, and a IK neck.
Things became more interesting when approaching the unique aspect of Cogswell: the wings.
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I did this quadruped rig as a freelancer for Mondo Studios. The cat uses IK for the legs and a spline IK for the spine. Achieving the feline’s seated position required both careful weighting and some corrective blendshapes around the hindquarters.
This was an animated short I contributed to as a freelancer in 2007; and after an almost 2-year hiatus, wrapped up in late-2009. The two characters were modeled by Shon Mitchell, and animations were done by our client, Jonali Bhattacharyya. This was a fun project that involved rigging two bipeds with the added twist of making them capable of wielding chopsticks. Jonali was really great to work with, and communicated her needs well. I’ll go into some detail about the Maya rigs created and the accompanying MEL tools used by the animator.