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03 March 2006, 10:20 PM
Question is how to animate a 3d modeled leaf or flower in MAYA similar to the Lipton video below.

You can see the leaf opening in the last 2 seconds of the video.

I tried deformers I tried blend shape but couldnt get a good enough result. Model just gets wierd in the middle of the animation. Do you think there might be some rigging for that kind of animation? Bend deformer just doesnt bend enough to have the same look, and when I try with joints and smooth bind the geometry gets all messed up. Well blend shape also has a limitationn on the cv count so i cannot curl my leaf without playing with the CVs.

Any suggestions or links on animating and modeling this simple leaf curl thing.

Thanks in advance

03 March 2006, 10:50 AM
maybe bones with a spline ik would work. and then use a bend deformer on the spline...

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