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08 August 2005, 03:41 AM
Hi all

The talented Angie Jones is writing a new book and she asked me to rig the mascot for it.

The character to rig is a cartoon clown and the requirements are that it should be mega cartoony. So I decided to put up a blog on how Iím going about rigging it, the thoughts, the processes, etc.

There has been an incredible amount of cartoon stuff coming out recently. Madagascar was the first feature film to start pushing the envelope on the cartoon side and chicken little is following, with many more to come.

Itís very cool what a lot of people are doing these days so Iím hoping to share some of those thoughts and ideas with everybody.

To check out the blog go to: (

Iíll update it almost daily with all the latest developments.

Happy rigging Goosh

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08 August 2005, 09:31 AM
very cool will check that as mush as i can since i'll be setuping cartoon characters later this yar..

cthks for the head on


08 August 2005, 12:05 AM
Great stuff going down there, Javier :) Kind of blog you can really get stuck into!

Thanks as ever for all the useful tips 'n ticks - very generous of you..

what did you make of my dog, btw :curious: ?

all the best


08 August 2005, 12:10 AM
This is really cool. You're doing very "inspiring" things there my friend. Even though I use 3D Studio Max, basic ideas are usually could've suitable to any 3D software. It's so much fun to keep checking your blog. (I'll definately update my blog ( more often:D )

Keep it up! :thumbsup:

08 August 2005, 01:03 AM
thanks this sort of thing is extremely usefull to people like me who are just starting to learn rigging :)
so thanks very much, i'll be readling this :thumbsup:

08 August 2005, 01:42 AM
Cool! Thanks for sharing!


08 August 2005, 01:53 AM
Its very cool to see cartoony rigs nowadays. Huge props for freely giving your knowledge to 'the masses'. I suspect you will see a lot more in the way of CG squash and stretch in the coming year...!

Mike R

08 August 2005, 03:00 AM
i was checking out your blog earlier today. you definitely get mass credit for sharing you knowledge with the rest of us. i'm looking forward to reading the rest of what you have to say.

08 August 2005, 05:23 AM
I suspect you will see a lot more in the way of CG squash and stretch in the coming year...!

and thats gonna be sssoooooo 'swell' news for the animators........

08 August 2005, 01:06 PM
Tnks for sharing dude, this link help so much.


08 August 2005, 03:12 PM
This is one of the coolest new developments I've heard of in a long time. Rigging is so important and alot of people are inimidated by it.
This will certainly enrich the community. Thanks Javier.


08 August 2005, 03:12 PM
I discovered ur blog yesterday...and thot why hasnt this come to light yet....I was happy to saok up everything thinking this is exclusive material that few people have come to know :D ....but like all good things(CG) I am sure this blog too is goin to gather lot of activity....really appreciate ur efforts and will be following ur page...

Keep it up:thumbsup:

08 August 2005, 03:13 PM
I just storyboarded out a squiggly leg thing, and thought I'd just use some modifiers and morph targets on the leg to get the look I want... but now after seeing your blog I might just try and build the rig to do it naturally....


Great and inspiring work!

08 August 2005, 05:52 PM
Awesome. Thanks for sharing Goosh. Angie is great. Do you have any more info on her new book?

Your blog is great too. I'll keep checking in!


08 August 2005, 07:49 PM
Hey everybody.

Thanks.. glad that you are liking it and hopefully you can find it useful.

It's been a blast so far to work on it.


what did you make of my dog, btw :curious: ?


Hey Chris

Thanks.. Don't worry.. I'll work on the dog next! It's a great model and I've learnt/I'm learning a lot building the clown. I'll apply a lot of that stuff into the dog next.. I'll probably blog it too.. :D

08 August 2005, 08:42 PM
Oh man , thanks For really cool rigging informations sharing .Goodluck...:thumbsup:

08 August 2005, 09:10 AM
hi, hey man really cool rigging. very good,

08 August 2005, 02:57 PM
cool site, I will definitely check in regularly... :) Thanks for sharing!

08 August 2005, 04:09 PM
:D cool.. glad people like it

I'm hoping to have the main setup wrapped up by the end of the month.

That should include the whole puppet and all the facial crazyness

pressure is on!!


08 August 2005, 08:20 PM
Go Goosh!

Great theory and implementation so far man;)

Keep it going...

08 August 2005, 08:50 PM
Very good goosh, let us know when its done.

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