Archive for July, 2011

Hello Everyone,

Since Python was implemented in R12 I’ve been working on an Auto-Rigging system. It was mostly done as a training exercise to learn various things in Py4D. It’s taught me A-LOT about python, now I’ve decided to share it with the community both as a tool for those who need a rig quickly, and as a learning device for people interested in Python, since I’m going to leave the code open for you to explore.

It’s released sort of as is. If you find glaring issues with them, I’ll try to fix it, but it’s meant to be as is because I am running low on time to devote to it.

So please enjoy and consider donating for the time spent working on the scripts and leaving it open for you and others to learn from.

The scripts and donation button can be found on the right side of the homepage.

A Video demonstration can be found at http://www.bretbays.com/b3Auto-Rig.mov

adjrigThis Image shows the Adjustment Rig that has been fit to a character

fullrigThe Completed Rig based off of the Adjustment Rig

You can download the B3 Auto-Rig Scripts from Here

If you feel they have been helpful, please consider donating.





Cheers,
Bret

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I have been feeling like I am in a bit of a creative funk lately. I do a lot of diving back and forth between technical things like rigging and scripting, and artistic things like drawing, painting, and animating. I was expressing these feelings to a coworker and we decided to start a daily sketch blog which is located here: http://sketchatronic.blogspot.com/

It’s pretty silly themes so far(Koala Herder, Narwhale Mentalist, etc.) but it’s been good for various reasons:

  1. I haven’t been drawing steadily for over 3 years when I was in college
  2. It’s allowing me to get more used to a WACOM which is still very greek to me
  3. It’s bringing me back to my comic strip days of having to come up with an idea/gag every day which is awesome. Being able to come up with ideas quickly is good!

So I hope to do this for at the very least all of July. I have this thing with giving myself month-long challenges. If I could come up with some demerit system to penalize me for not succeeding, I’d do them more regularly, but alas I don’t :/. But this should be interesting, as we’re already only 5 days into the month and I’ve found myself trying to challenge myself with different styles of drawing/rendering. The key question is will this keep up or will it become a chore and I just want to try and get the damn thing out the door?

In other news, I finally sort of have a spot to paint again. After visiting my family for the 4th of July, I managed to grab all of my painting supplies. So now I have the possibility of being able to paint on our balcony(and hoping and praying I don’t make a mess or my fiance will kill me). I have not painted anything since probably last….year? Last June, July, or August I want to say. I painted a black and white portrait of my fiance and I. Before that, I stopped painting to focus on Animation Mentor. So now the thought of getting back into painting, coupled with sketching regularly, suddenly I feel the arts flowing through my veins MWAAHAHAHHAA.

Unfortunately, I do still have other duties that have to come first. Things that have been on hold for far too long. This first month at the new place has been interesting, but also hindering my freelance workflow, so I need to now get back into the swing of things and focusing on my tasks at hand.

..but when I have some free time I’m going to paint the SHIT out of something.

~B

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