Anime Character Rigging with Hair Physics Tutorial

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Anime Character Rigging with Hair Physics Tutorial

Postby Freehunter » Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:49 pm

I thought I remembered a recent question about animating hair, but I can't find it. This tutorial was not about a Makehuman character but a scratch built character mesh. I'm not up to this level in Blender so didn't test. Thought others might find it helpful to spark some ideas. It does go into weight painting. Also using a deform mesh for clothes. The first half of the series is on the armature for the character. The second half of the series is on rigging the hair.

Daniel doesn't seem to use a script so sometimes he gets ahead of himself and has to make corrections. This does point out some potential mistakes someone might make.

Create the character armature
[1/6] Complete Character Rigging Guide (w/ Hair Physics) - Blender Tutorial - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPeb444dxnk
[2/6] Complete Character Rigging Guide (w/ Hair Physics) - Blender Tutorial - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akKvFckVmms
[3/6] Complete Character Rigging Guide (w/ Hair Physics) - Blender Tutorial - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6s9H8xX7YA

Adding the Rigging for the hair
[4/6] Complete Character Rigging Guide (w/ Hair Physics) - Blender Tutorial - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02YYfXC7H8U
[5/6] Complete Character Rigging Guide (w/ Hair Physics) - Blender Tutorial - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5tEGvRjJO8
[6/6] Complete Character Rigging Guide (w/ Hair Physics) - Blender Tutorial - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10hgRL6D1qU

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video snapshot

How bangs were rigged (the videos for rigging the hair did not include the bangs, there is a brief description from 1:27 to 4:21)
3D Anime Character [Hair Physics and Material Setup] - Blender - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfcHGhr6L94
This also mentions "preserve volume" option on the "armature modifier".

How hair was modeled (forgot these, in case you wonder)
3D Anime Hair Modelling Tutorial - Blender (Commented Version) [17 minutes] - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwUmjbhzm1M
3D Anime Hair Modelling Tutorial - Blender (Timelapse Version) [53 minutes] - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMPJD_2LiHQ
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Re: Anime Character Rigging with Hair Physics Tutorial

Postby wolgade » Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:54 pm

Thanks for the links. This might be exactly what I need right now.
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Re: Anime Character Rigging with Hair Physics Tutorial

Postby brkurt » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:16 am

Freehunter wrote:I thought I remembered a recent question about animating hair, but I can't find it. This tutorial was not about a Makehuman character but a scratch built character mesh. I'm not up to this level in Blender so didn't test. Thought others might find it helpful to spark some ideas. It does go into weight painting. Also using a deform mesh for clothes. The first half of the series is on the armature for the character. The second half of the series is on rigging the hair.

Daniel doesn't seem to use a script so sometimes he gets ahead of himself and has to make corrections. This does point out some potential mistakes someone might make.

Create the character armature
[1/6] Complete Character Rigging Guide (w/ Hair Physics) - Blender Tutorial - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPeb444dxnk
[2/6] Complete Character Rigging Guide (w/ Hair Physics) - Blender Tutorial - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akKvFckVmms
[3/6] Complete Character Rigging Guide (w/ Hair Physics) - Blender Tutorial - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6s9H8xX7YA

Rig the hair
[4/6] Complete Character Rigging Guide (w/ Hair Physics) - Blender Tutorial - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02YYfXC7H8U
[5/6] Complete Character Rigging Guide (w/ Hair Physics) - Blender Tutorial - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5tEGvRjJO8
[6/6] Complete Character Rigging Guide (w/ Hair Physics) - Blender Tutorial - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10hgRL6D1qU

vlcsnap-2017-12-18-11h17m47s265.jpg

How hair was modeled (forgot these, in case you wonder)
3D Anime Hair Modelling Tutorial - Blender (Commented Version) [17 minutes] - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwUmjbhzm1M
3D Anime Hair Modelling Tutorial - Blender (Timelapse Version) [53 minutes] - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMPJD_2LiHQ


I haven't gone through all the videos, but it is worth noting that you can parent your hair rig to the body rig in Blender 2.7x :geek:
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Re: Anime Character Rigging with Hair Physics Tutorial

Postby wolgade » Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:13 am

brkurt wrote:I haven't gone through all the videos, but it is worth noting that you can parent your hair rig to the body rig in Blender 2.7x :geek:

You can parent a rig to a rig? Sounds interesting. Do you parent to the root bone or any bone you select?
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Re: Anime Character Rigging with Hair Physics Tutorial

Postby MargaretToigo » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:19 pm

I parent the root bone of the hair rig to the root bone of the body rig so all the hair moves with the body, while the strands are independently animated. It's not terribly complicated to set up for those who have a moderate understanding of rigging, but it can be quite tedious to animate realistically.
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Re: Anime Character Rigging with Hair Physics Tutorial

Postby brkurt » Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:56 pm

MargaretToigo wrote:I parent the root bone of the hair rig to the root bone of the body rig so all the hair moves with the body, while the strands are independently animated. It's not terribly complicated to set up for those who have a moderate understanding of rigging, but it can be quite tedious to animate realistically.


I do it the same way.

:D So now, we're ready to tackle this:

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Re: Anime Character Rigging with Hair Physics Tutorial

Postby wolgade » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:34 am

Thanks. I have a lot to learn about rigging.
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