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Pixar style Cars

Messaggio da mikeb » gio gen 30, 2014 4:18 am

A while back i was busy making a bunch of cars, cartoon cars to be precise.

Recently i was doing an animation job and got to thinking about rigging one of my cars like in the disney films. So thats where i'm going & thought i'd post my progress..
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Messaggio da cappellaiomatto » gio gen 30, 2014 9:50 am

Hi
very good job!

please for the future upload image with attachment system within the forum, I have done it for you this time.

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Messaggio da mikeb » gio gen 30, 2014 8:33 pm

sorry mate, forgot again..

I studied what the cars were up to in the films, working out what would be the best animation controls. As i want to be able to use the rigging on other cars as well i decided to stick with null points & deformers to get the little guy moving.

The wheels basically need to be on a separate rig (joined by the shocks). Each wheel also needs a FK (drive like a car) & IK option to use its wheels like hands.

Its all very raw right now as there are other things to take into account like how the wheels squash, lean & rotate as the car (or just the cars body) moves. Far more of a headache than it looks onscreen.

Still i'm well on route now adding all kinds of bits and bobs. I can already get some character into him..
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Messaggio da mikeb » sab feb 01, 2014 11:11 am

So while i'm battling with which nulls are the master of which i decided to attack part 2 of the project & something i'm not really looking forward to. The eyes.

I remember hearing in an interview with one of the lead designers that they first projected the eyes onto the windscreens Seeing as i'd like to be able to use this rig on other cars, that might just turn out to be a great time saver..

So today is a test day. In the mean time i'll leave you with a bunch of sketches i did to try & understand the rules to these kinds of eyes.
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Re: Pixar style Cars

Messaggio da mikeb » sab feb 01, 2014 6:45 pm

As for the eyes, they seem to be working out pretty well. I figure if i place the actual eyes away from the car, but locked to its rotation they will still be lit correctly for the car they're projected onto..

The camera projection material seems to be holding up well..

So far i made a plane with a basic skeleton on it for each of the points of the eye lids (more of a monobrow). Then got them all looking at the centre point of the eyes..
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Messaggio da mikeb » dom feb 02, 2014 2:23 pm

This is my newer version. I've added the lower lids so he can squint and blink.

While i like where its going i think i'm starting to see some flaws in this "camera projected" system.

While i can get the light & shadows to work properly i will have problems with the all important reflections, then there will be the slightly less than intuitive animation controls & when the car deforms so will his pupils (not what you want).

On top of that the aspect ratio of the camera projection seems to be less than reliable for some reason?! Flicking up & down occasionally.

I think i might have to take another approach.. :(
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Messaggio da mikeb » mar feb 04, 2014 11:14 am

So i had to completely re-think how to do the eyes.

When i first started on the pixarification of my car i started by dulling out the side windows of the car. I copied the glass, then shrunk the copy inside & gave it a dull grey material.

This gave me an idea. I made a copy of the windscreen & pushed it a little into the car. I constrained the eyes onto that surface then cut a hole in the original windscreen (with a boolean object). Throw on the eye white & the car metal materials & hey presto.

I need to do more tests to see how versatile the boolean & constraints will work for me but this might just work..
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Re: Pixar style Cars

Messaggio da mikeb » mar feb 04, 2014 9:18 pm

So i have worked out how to get the boole working. I made an inverted version of what i wanted from the previous set-up, basically cutting out the type of eye shapes i want with a posemorphed cube.

I still have to work on the controls, getting the boole objects edges to reflect properly, stop the wheels clipping, deformers warping things wrongly & even hypernurbs that are trying to melt the side window.

Then more nulls & a shed load of xpresso & constraint priorities.. So my work is cut out, but i'm liking where its headed..

I think i'm going to have to use a creative licence on the bumper & open up the middle section, getting rid of the licence plate. As this makes his mouth look pinned closed.
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Re: Pixar style Cars

Messaggio da mikeb » mer feb 05, 2014 9:15 pm

Seeing as eyes seem to be working out so far (excuse the pun). I've decided to go back to the undercarriage rigging.

Even when the wheels are locked in car (instead of hand) mode. When the body rotates the top of the wheels should point toward where it did before. I got that working but it made lots of collisions with all the wheels, so i've been busy with xpresso trying to correct the motion.

So lots of xpresso & rigging & getting deformers to only effect the proper parts..
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Re: Pixar style Cars

Messaggio da mikeb » sab feb 08, 2014 7:12 pm

Another update. The undercarriage is now coming along nicely. Got a good range of motions attached some 2d vector controllers.

While my logic on the set up was sound i have to admit taking a peek inside Kiteman's car (bundled with c4d a few years ago), was inspirational. He is a master at rigging..

Though i would like to get the eyes sunken into the windscreen, i haven't managed to get it working yet. In fact i'm having trouble sorting out all the xpresso / constraint priorities as is is!

I think i've got the boole for the eye lids working better now.
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