View Full Version : I need help animating this low-poly character properly! Help?

08 August 2005, 04:49 PM
This figure is 231 polygons. So i couldn't put much detail in it. But i have the basic shape. I created it carefully mathching the origional polygons.

Here's origional

And here is the patched one...

Here's the front view.

Since i'm done modeling it, i would like to animate it. I want to try make it move. Like run, walk, jump and so on. I know a little of animating in layout right now so i need alot of help.

First i need to create skelegons right? Could you tell me a proper way to set them up? And should the skelegons be in the same layer as the figure or a different layer?

And then you send the object to layout. Here i have trouble converting skelegons to bones. So Could you please tell me step by step on how to convert skelegons to bones properly?

And if i am able to convert skel to bones, will i still have my character and not just the bones?

Thanks a million if you could help me.

08 August 2005, 07:05 PM
Go to Kurv studio's, register for free, then go to lightwave free tutorials, on the right is an AWESOME rig tutorial, it will show you everything you need to know for a simple rigging. I watched it a few times and I learned alot from it.

08 August 2005, 07:10 PM
Well i am done with the converting skelegons bones and all that. They are in place. But i have another problem. Why does my character looks awkward when i am trying to move parts of his body? Like i move his arm but it affects his body. His body and shoulder gets twisted.

Could you tell me a proper way of moving his body?

And yes i am also going check out that tutorial you've mentioned!

08 August 2005, 08:06 PM
It explains that in the tutorial man, trust me you want to watch it... The reason unwanted parts move when you try to move the leg for example, is because the bones have a certain radius of effect, you can make weight maps for the parts you want to move, add them to the bones, and that's the only part your bone effects.

08 August 2005, 08:22 PM
yeah i noticed. That tut is great. I'll have to be watching that from time to time.

08 August 2005, 09:12 PM
Do you know how to make a weight map?

08 August 2005, 09:44 PM
No but i would like to know what it is.

08 August 2005, 10:35 PM
buy reference books such as Inside LW 8, Gorden's book, LW Applied or Essentials LW. It should be more effective for you than waiting for hours potential replys to your threads here.

08 August 2005, 01:01 PM
Do i have to buy them online or is it possible that these books can be at bookstores?

08 August 2005, 03:48 PM
Most of the books mentioned above should be available in the bookstore. If your just interested in rigging and modeling, I'll highly recommend Gorden's book. I also have Inside Lightwave and the Essentials book also very helpful.

08 August 2005, 09:21 PM
No but i would like to know what it is.

the manual explains this.

08 August 2005, 12:39 PM
Thanks, i'll check em' out.

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