After finding and gathering a small library of free rigs to animate with, I've been brainstorming ideas for short animations including AnimationMentor.com 's Squirrel rig. So in order to familiarize myself with this rig I did a quick animation test of the squirrel doing a hop. I have found this rig to be very user-friendly and fun to use. This little squishy squirrel does make me smile! It's also very similar in principle to animating the legendary "flour sack" - a right of passage I think many animators go through.
What I learned:
- How to switch between global and object controls - this makes animating in arcs so much easier!
- Create a stamp (key all) at each keyframe - this helps to keep everything clean and have no drifting parts if you forget to key a control.
|Thumbnail Sketches for a short animation idea involving the squirrels.|