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Do you find rigging in Blender difficult?
Tried and failed to build advanced rigs for your characters? Do you find it takes forever to create even a rudimentary rig?
You're not alone. Rigging is hard. It requires a high level of both artistic and technical skills.
Lucky for us Blender offers us an easier solution.
An addon called Rigify ships with Blender.
It's not enabled by default, so many people don't even know it exists. And even if you did know about it, the advanced features of Rigify are hidden behind a slightly unintuitive interface. Thus few artists utilize it to its full potential.
Due to a lack of quality information, a lot of Blender users think that Rigify is all about the "Human Meta-rig". But the human rig is nothing more than a shortcut that solves a common problem: rigging a simple humanoid character.
When you learn how to use Rigify properly you can rig just about any character. Here are some characters we'll rig together in this course:
Rigify is a modular rigging system.
It provides common building blocks like legs, arms, spines, tails, and many more. Using those you can rig nearly any character.
So Rigify is pretty awesome... The only problem is figuring out how to use it.
➡➡➡This is where this course comes in.
We'll learn to rig any character in the following three modules: Rigify Basics, Video Manual, and Advanced Sessions.
Module 1: Rigify Basics (Available for FREE)
In "Basics" you'll learn the most important aspects and basic concepts of Rigify. Rigify does not work like traditional rigging. You need to understand the philosophy behind it in order to use it correctly. The first 3 chapters will take care of that.
➡This module is FREE! See https://cgdive.com/rigify/ for details.
1. Intro to Blender Armatures
2. Overview of the Rigify Workflow
3. Rigging with Meta Rigs (biped and quadruped)
4. Extending the meta rigs and avoiding bad practices
5. The Rigify Building Blocks, aka Rig Types
6. Creating a custom Meta Rig from scratch: Alien Character
7. Usability Improvements
8. Posing your character using the Rigify rig
Module 2: The Rigify Manual
The "Manual" is for people who want to understand every single option you find in Rigify. I go over each and every Rig Type/Building block and explore every option you'll encounter. There are meta rig options that affect how the rig will behave after it is generated. There are also options in the Generated rig that change the behavior of the Armature on the fly. All of that is covered in this module. It will teach you the correct workflow, which will help you avoid errors.
Module 3: Advanced Rigging Sessions
In this part, we'll rig several complex characters together.
This module includes rigging a Dragon and a Two-headed Ogre. These characters allow me to demonstrate creative and unorthodox usage of the Rigify tools.
- Dragon Rigging
In this session, we'll rig a dragon using Rigify. Rigging the body and limbs of the Dragon with Rigify is so easy that I decided to add something really special to this series: a custom face rig that works with Rigify. This is achieved using one of the most advanced features of the addon. You won't find this workflow ANYWHERE else!
- Two-headed Ogre Rigging
In this series, we'll rig a humanoid character with two heads and faces. His large muscles and belly pose a special challenge. As with the Dragon, building the basic rig using Rigify will be easy as pie. That will allow us to focus on a few more interesting areas.
-advanced shoulder rig
-automated controls for difficult areas like elbows, knees, belly etc.
-advanced weight painting
Announcement: I have a new Rigify course: Rigging a Skeleton with Rigify. It is a great extension to this course. You can think of it as another Advanced Session!
PURCHASE INDIVIDUAL MODULES
I highly recommend the full course if you want to make sure you don't miss any of Rigify's hidden features. But each Module stands on its own. So if you prefer you can get any one of the series separately: Manual, Dragon, or Ogre. Each option also includes an offline version of the free Basics module.
BLENDER FOR MAYA RIGGERS and MAYA ANIMATORS
If you're coming from Maya as a rigger I think you'll love Rigify, which is Blender's auto-rigging system.
And if you're a Maya Animator, Rigify can help you create versatile rigs quickly so you can start animating right away.