LightWave 3D 7.0 Character Animation by Timothy Albee

By Timothy Albee

LightWave 3D is among the most well-liked 3D instruments out there this day, supplying the main entire set of instruments, the best-looking and quickest out-of-the-box renderer, and probably the most robust IK engines to be had. expert director/animator Timothy Albee discusses the best way to use LightWave to construct robust, accountable personality setups, and gives confirmed, hands-on instruments for gaining knowledge of the complicated mechanics of animation. also, he covers the significance of storytelling and performing via animation—the sophisticated mastery that brings characters to existence. This ebook: * exhibits the whole crafting of strong and trustworthy personality setups. * Explains Inverse Kinematics because it relates to personality animation. * makes use of LightWave’s instruments to create personality rigs that let you migrate animation from one personality to a different. * Describes easy methods to observe element weighting to create plausible personality skinning. * Illuminates simple and complex animation suggestions which are the cornerstones for knowledgeable animation comparable to anticipation, overlapping motion, gesture, and silhouette. * Outlines key steps for taking a scene from begin to end. * Teaches known appearing concepts for assisting you "become" your personality.

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2. 2. NOTE: Many people create skeletons with the buttocks as the base. I create mine with the lumbar area as the skeleton’s base. This allows you to swing the hips without having to counter animate the spine. This makes animating everything from walks to slouches much faster and easier. 2 Angle the pelvis back, following the line of the tailbone. 38 Chapter 4: Boning Your Character Creating Skelegons To create a skelegon, click on Create| Skelegons. Then, click and drag to create a skelegon. While Create| Skelegons is active, clicking and dragging within either of the two circles at the base and head of the skelegon will drag that end to a new location.

A good knowledge of anatomy is important whether you are doing cartoonish or hyper-realistic characters. Things like scale, relationship, and rotation are stored deep in all our minds, though it isn’t something that most of us are consciously aware of. Most people can’t tell you exactly why something looks “right” or “wrong,” but it is usually because of something being incorrectly proportioned or rotating from somewhere it shouldn’t. 2 Pre-bending to Help IK Since IK can only safely solve for a maximum of two parts, we need to look at our model and figure out what parts are going to be controlled with IK and which parts will be FK.

Set your Foreground (Active) Layer to Layer 2, and your Background Layer to Layer 1. LightWave Modeler Layers Clicking in the upper triangle makes that layer the foreground layer. You can view and modify items in this layer. Clicking in the lower triangle makes that layer the background layer. Items in this layer can be seen but not modified. 1 NOTE: The order in which you create the skelegons in Modeler is the order in which they will become bones in Layout. I like to use the Up and Down Arrow keys when animating to select the next and previous bones, and have memorized how many presses it takes to get from one specific control to another.

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