Jane’s progress 1

I’ve decided to make some changes for my topic in independent study.

Since rigging and animating Captain Amelia will cause me a technical problem concerning her long jacket, I decide to help Art do his thesis instead. It is still related to 3D rigging and animating and I have already done some parts for his project. So, I think it’s a good idea to join the two projects into one because I can help Art do his thesis which seems to have a lot of work to do and I can practice 3D animation in the process that I’m interested in at the same time.

His project is called “Rebirth of Jimmy”. It’s about a person name Jimmy who rebirths in different forms in each life. It’s idea is about being satisfied with what you are and what you already have in present. It’s a short animated series in Western style. Art will do a chapter of this series for his final project.

He assigned me to do blendshapes for his characters including Jimmy (the main character), Bob, Fred, and Moes. (Blendshape is making different facial expressions for character by moving each vertex of the model and sculpting them into the desired look.) After that, I have to apply all the blendshapes to the already-rigged characters.I have done all of them and these are the results of what I’ve done for the first 3 weeks and a half.

****Please note that all of the stories, character designs, models, and textures belong to ‘Art’ Charmnanvudh Vancharoen. My only work here now is blendshapes for the characters.*****

Jimmy Blendshapes

Jimmy_OriginalModel

Jimmy_OriginalModel

Jimmy_blinkBS

Jimmy
blink Left/Right
blink Extreme Left/Right

Jimmy  inner brow Left up inner brow Left down inner brow Right up inner brow Right down

Jimmy
inner brow Left up
inner brow Left down
inner brow Right up
inner brow Right down

Jimmy outer brow Left up outer brow Left down outer brow Right up outer brow Right down

Jimmy
outer brow Left up
outer brow Left down
outer brow Right up
outer brow Right down

Jimmy angry brow

Jimmy
angry brow

Jimmy lipsyncs Blendshape

Jimmy lipsyncs Blendshape

Jimmy mouth blendshapes smile Left smile Right mouth close sad left sad right

Jimmy mouth blendshapes
smile Left
smile Right
mouth close
sad left
sad right

Jimmy mouth blendshapes 2 mouth stretch left mouth stretch right angry left  angry right

Jimmy mouth blendshapes 2
mouth stretch left
mouth stretch right
angry left
angry right

Jimmy_lowerEyelidBS

Jimmy_lowerEyelidBS

Bob Blendshapes

Bob model right

Bob model right

Bob model front

Bob model front

Bob_all

Bob_mouthBS mouth close teeth up/down tongue up/down Bob_mouthBS
mouth close
teeth up/down
tongue up/down

Bob mouth blendshapes smile Left smile Right sad left sad right

Bob mouth blendshapes
smile Left
smile Right
sad left
sad right

mouth stretch left  mouth stretch right

mouth stretch left
mouth stretch right

Bob_brow Blendshape1 inner brow Left up inner brow Left down inner brow Right up inner brow Right down

Bob_brow Blendshape1
inner brow Left up
inner brow Left down
inner brow Right up
inner brow Right down

Bob brow blendshapes outer brow Left up outer brow Left down outer brow Right up outer brow Right down

Bob brow blendshapes
outer brow Left up
outer brow Left down
outer brow Right up
outer brow Right down

Bob_lipsyncBS

Bob_lipsyncBS

Fred Blendshapes

Fred model front

Fred model front

Fred model right

Fred model right

Fred

Fred

mouth close/open

mouth close/open

head fin blendshapes 3 head fin > move left/right

head fin blendshapes
3 head fin > move left/right

tail left tail right

tail left
tail right

side fin blendshape left fin in left fin out right fin in  right fin out

side fin blendshape
left fin in
left fin out
right fin in
right fin out

upper eyelid left upper eyelid right lower eyelid left lower eyelid right

upper eyelid left
upper eyelid right
lower eyelid left
lower eyelid right

Moes Blendshapes

Moes model

Moes model

Moes all

Moes all

Moes blink Blenshape blink left/right blink extreme left/right

Moes blink Blenshape
blink left/right
blink extreme left/right

Moes brow blendshapes inner brow Left up inner brow Left down inner brow Right up inner brow Right down

Moes brow blendshapes
inner brow Left up
inner brow Left down
inner brow Right up
inner brow Right down

outer brow Left up outer brow Left down outer brow Right up outer brow Right down

outer brow Left up
outer brow Left down
outer brow Right up
outer brow Right down

Moes lipsync blendshapes

Moes lipsync blendshapes

mouth close smile Left smile right

mouth close
smile Left
smile right

sad left sad right mouth stretch left mouth stretch right

sad left
sad right
mouth stretch left
mouth stretch right

References from Art

lipsync ref

lipsync ref

mouth stretch ref

mouth stretch ref

Also, I’ll have to apply blendshapes done by Best to Dandy brothers, another 3-head character in this series.

Another good thing about this project is that I’ll get to try lip-sync for 3D animation which I haven’t done it before.

The next assignment from art is editing the graph in Maya for shot 1 and 2 to smooth the animation which Art has already done in his blocking process. In shot 2, I also need to animate the whole movement for Bob, the bee character when he flies toward the door and hit it. Art wants to add the sense of weight and overlapping in motion to make his work look as polished as possible.

I’ll try my best to do this and I’ll show you the process of my work in the next post!

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