• Thursday , 4 June 2020

Blender Tutorial: Basics of Character Rigging

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Hey guys. This is a quick tutorial on creating a simple, but rather effective character rig in blender. Hope it helps some of you out!
Read FAQ below:

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Download starting file: http://bit.ly/rigTutStart
Watch my animation tutorial using this rig: http://bit.ly/walkCycleTut

Q: Shift+Ctrl+C is not bringing up the add constraints menu.
A: This will only work if you’re in POSE mode.

Q: Leg/arm is not bending (or is bending in the wrong direction) when I move the ik bone.
A: In edit mode select the joint (where the upper and lower leg/arm meet) and move it slightly so that it has an initial bend in the direction you want.

Q: If I move the ik bone down to far the leg starts stretching at the foot.
A: Parent the foot to the lower leg bone instead of the ik bone. To make the foot still follow the rotation of the ik bone, select foot bone in pose mode and turn of inherit rotation in bone properties. Then select the ik bone, shift select the foot bone and press shift+ctrl+c and add a copy rotation constraint. In the constraints tab set both of the ‘Space’ fields to Local Space.

Q: Arm or leg moves unpredictably/wildly with even the slightest movement of ik bone.
A: IK is most probably still parented to the lower leg/arm bone. In edit mode, select the ik bone and press alt+p to clear the parenting.

Q: What is the period key?
A: The full stop you (should) put at the end of a sentence.

Q: How do you flip the bones after duplicating with shift+d?
A: Press ‘s’ to scale, ‘x’ to constrain to x axis, and ‘-1’ to flip. Left click to confirm.

Q: Whole rig moves wildly and unpredictable in pose mode.
A: The chain length on one of the ik bones is 0.

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  1. Latha Shree
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    i watched this . video in slow motion and learnt after 3 days!! i liked it, learnt new things.. video is great

  2. Aiza khan
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    Hiii i need help every thing going good but the main part of combine the mash with armature is not happening i try it many time but its give a error [bone heat weighting: failed to find solution for one or more bones] i dont understand why its give me that error plz reply me as soon as u receive

  3. Jay En
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    The link for the character mesh used in the tutorial is dead. Is there another place I can download it from?

  4. ALAS Bravo
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    At 10:17 when I click on automatic weight, It makes my model (that I downloaded from sketchfab) huge and distorted. Why is this happening?

  5. SilentWASD
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    Thanks you VEEEEEEEEEEEEERY MUCH! I'm happy 🙂

  6. Poppin dancer sachin
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    I think this is the best tutorial i have ever seen on character rigging in blender. Thanks for such a great expalaination in such short amount of time. Appritiate Your Work.

  7. Mutiara A
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    sir do u know why when i attach the model to armature, the legs start to be rotated too

  8. Crazy Productions
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    Sooo, I know I'm about 6 years late but how do I import models from GMOD or half-life

  9. tamal mitra
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    Wonderful video, sir,… I wish I could give a thousand like to it….
    From West Bengal, India .

  10. Muhammad Zeeshan Haider
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    elbow start rotating the arm but its not moving like u move in video……

  11. Burnt Milk
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    I managed to do everything up until the point where I join the mesh and the bones. When I join them, the mesh suddenly warps. The right leg warps backwards sharply and then back around to combine with the left leg. It basically becomes a second left leg behind the original (the same can be said when I try to pose it: it moves as if it's the left leg, not the right). Posing the bones for the right leg does not affect the mesh for the right leg at all. Please help!
    EDIT: Realized this was because I built my model with a mirror modifier and didn't apply the modifier like I should have when I was done making the model. Basically the bones were trying to control the whole mesh while just being able to use only half of the skeleton.

  12. Mr Fox
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    Thank you so much.

  13. Ar Rahman Diki
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

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  14. CheezburgerGuy
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    I need help I can't move the arm when I move the IK bone and I followed everything that the tutorial showed and I even tried moving the joint where the upper and lower arm bones meet and that still does not work

  15. Kinkoyaburi
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    Well, I did it, with my own created mesh body, cause the link is no longer active, and it worked surprisingly well. Most important stuff to remember: WATCH IN WHAT MODE YOU ARE IN – EDIT or POSE because it matters.

  16. Um caminho para a Lucidez
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    Very well man! Thanks a lot!

  17. Panos04
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    Note at 7:07 to check the ankle rotation you go into POSE MODE. This tutorial is AMAZING save this very important detail 😛

  18. RandomMaster
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    Hi. When I attempt to make the parent the armature for some reason everything gets blown out of proportion. The mesh grows about 20 sizes out around the armature. Any idea why this would happen?

  19. Master Shadow
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    This video is PERFECT for me. Exactly what I was looking for and I learned a lot. Thank you.

  20. Andrew Fox
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    got everything to work except when i go to move a bone, it doesnt move what is is assigned to as well

  21. Andreas S.
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    Is it normal that "Keep Offset" disconects my foot-bone from the Leg-bone?

  22. Citrus Blast
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    7:08 when I try this the foot bone disconects and the rotation does not rotate with the ankle ball

  23. Danielle Barker
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    The head bone's connected to the chest bones, The chest bone's connected to the stomach bone….

  24. chris s
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    Great tutorial, quick quesiton. When setting "preserve orientation" on the foot and leg IK bones, the foot is no longer connected to the lower leg, but rather the parent becomes the leg IK. Everything seems fine like this thought, is it an issue?

  25. nascarsimracing1
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    Thank you soo much for this! I needed this so i could deform a one piece bullet chain mesh to animate it so it shakes and feeds through a gun as it shoots.

  26. andarilhos dead
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    muito bom, obrigado!

  27. Alex Safayan
    August 12, 2018 at 23:53

    At 8:08 when we add the pole target, the whole IK constraint gets messed up for me. Can anyone please help? This is really stumping me.

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