A Tool for Creating Expressive Control Over Fur and Feathers
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The depiction of body fur and feathers has received relatively abundant focus within the animation production environment and continues to pose significant computational challenges. Tools to control fur and feathers as an expressive characteristic to be used by animators have not been explored as fully as dynamic control systems. This thesis outlines research behind and development of a control system for fur and feathers intended to enable authoring of animation in an interactive software tool common in many animation production environments. The results of this thesis show a control system over fur and feathers as easily used as appendages control to create strong posing, silhouette and timing of animations. The tool created impacts the capacity of more effective and efficient animation of characters that use fur and feathers for expressive communication such as hedgehogs, birds, and cats.
Grier, Kelsey Renee (2019). A Tool for Creating Expressive Control Over Fur and Feathers. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from