What is rigging?
In 3D computer graphics, rigging refers to the process of creating a digital skeleton for a character or object, which allows it to be animated in a realistic and natural way.
The rig is essentially a system of interconnected bones and joints that are placed inside the 3D model, allowing the animator to move and manipulate it as if it were a real object. These bones are typically created using a series of interconnected joints, which are often referred to as a “bone chain.”
Once the rig has been created, the animator can use it to create a series of keyframes, which define the position, orientation, and movement of the model over time. By interpolating between these keyframes, the animator can create smooth and realistic animations that bring the 3D model to life.
Rigging is an essential part of the 3D production pipeline, and is used extensively in the creation of animated films, video games, and other types of digital content.
In the 3D industry, several roles can involve working with rigging. Some of the common roles include:
- 3D Modelers: They create the 3D models of characters, creatures, and objects that require rigging.
- Rigging Artists: They are responsible for creating the rig that allows the model to move and be animated.
- Technical Directors: They work on the technical aspects of rigging, ensuring that the rig is efficient and optimized for animation.
- Animators: They use the rig to bring the model to life by creating keyframe animations and defining the movements of the character or object.
- VFX Artists: They use rigging techniques to create special effects, such as particle effects, explosions, and simulations of fluids or cloth.
- Game Developers: They use rigging to create characters and objects that can be used in video games, allowing them to move and interact with the game world.
Overall, rigging is an important skill that is used by a variety of professionals in the 3D industry, from artists and animators to technical directors and game developers.
How you will learn rigging
Our Masterclass in 3D Rigging is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the art of creating digital skeletons for characters and objects. Our expert instructors will guide students through the rigging process, teaching them how to create efficient and optimized rigs that will bring their 3D models to life.
This masterclass is perfect for students who are interested in pursuing a career in 3D animation, game development, or VFX. With a focus on practical, hands-on learning, students will gain valuable experience using industry-standard tools and techniques, allowing them to create professional-quality rigs that are ready for animation.
Our instructors are industry professionals with years of experience working on major film and game projects, ensuring that students will receive the most up-to-date and relevant training available. With a small class size and personalized attention, students will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and receive feedback on their work.
By the end of the masterclass, students will have a solid foundation in rigging and be able to create complex rigs that can be used for a variety of 3D projects. Whether students are just starting out or looking to take their skills to the next level, our Masterclass in 3D Rigging is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience in this exciting field. Don’t miss out on this chance to enhance your skills and take your career to the next level!
Read more about our instructor Jean-Christophe here.