A Rigging Convention for Isosurface-Based Characters
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This thesis presents a prototype system for generating animation control systems for isosurface-based characters that blurs the distinction between a skeletal rig and a particle system. Managing articulation and deformation set-up can be challenging for amorphous characters whose surface shape is defined at render time and can only be viewed as an approximation during the process of defining an animation performance. This prototype system utilizes conventional scripted techniques for defining animation control systems integrated with a graphical user interface that provides art directable control over surface contour, shape and silhouette for isosurface-based characters. Once animated, these characters can be rendered using Rendermans RIBlobby implementation and provide visual feedback of fluid motion tests. The prototype system fits naturally within common practices in digital character setup and provides the animator control over isosurface-based characters.
Davalath, Megha Nataraj (2011). A Rigging Convention for Isosurface-Based Characters. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from