Monday, May 23, 2022

Chubby Bear: Let's go Fishing!


Watch Chubby Bear wake up from hibernation and very hungry! Laugh along with Chubby as he tries to catch some fish!! An animated shorts by Puppeteer Lounge :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Character Articulation through Profile Curves

Character Articulation through Profile Curves from Pixar Graphics on Vimeo.

A new approach by Pixar Graphics for character articulation that produces detail-preserving deformations fully controlled by 3D curves that profile the deforming surface. 

The deformation for the mesh is controlled by profile curve much like line art with Bezier handles to fix and articulate the underlying geometry. Looks like a blend of 2D line art controlling 3D geometry, very intuitive process resulting in better deformation with art directed profiles and volume preservation! I would love to see this implemented on all 3D platforms in the near future! This could be the end of needing to create skin binding, facial blend shapes, adding helper joints and corrective blend shapes but resolving with good old line arts driven by a traditional puppet rig. Rig driven by wire curve deformers with indirect bind for articulation is something that I am familiar with but never thought those wire deformers could have the possibility of being hand keyed and posed in vertex level with Bezier handle controls much like traditional animation. Very interesting!

Presented by Fernando de Goes, William Sheffler, Kurt Fleischer SIGGRAPH 2022. Check out the documentation here.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

ZIVA VFX Muscle Setup by Mohammad Dorgham | Student Demo Reel

ZIVA VFX Quadruped Setup by Puppeteer Lounge student Mohammad Dorgham. Assignment for ZIVA VFX Hyper Real Quadruped Setup training workshop.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Surface controller demonstration by Matt LeFevre.

surface controls (maya plugin) from Matt LeFevre on Vimeo.

Surface controller demonstration by Matt LeFevre. Interesting approach on controlling puppet by mesh selection similar to Pixar's Presto toolset.