How Do You / Did You Learn Rigging?

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  04 April 2013
How Do You / Did You Learn Rigging?


I'm just about to start to write a document for my university course about character rigging and I'd like to find out your methods for learning the subtleties of rigging (I'm going to be writing specifically about 3ds Max, but I think this particular question is fairly universal).

Preferably, I'd like to know the differences in your learning methods as you've become more familiar and established with the concepts in rigging.

I think we can split up learning rigging into the following categories:
  • Tutorials - videos, webinars and articles
  • Documentation - official Autodesk 3ds Max technical documentation and MAXScript documentation
  • Deconstruction - viewing another artists rig and analysing how it works
  • Translation & Experimentation - for example, converting the principals of 2D animation into 3D using Max's animation tools

When I seriously started rigging (but not when I was new to 3ds Max, so I knew how to apply IK and was aware of constraints) I would say would divide my learning as follows:
Tutorials - 85%
Documentation - 5%
Deconstruction - 10%
Translation & Experimentation - 0%

Now I would say I divide my time as follows:
Tutorials - 15%
Documentation - 30%
Deconstruction - 30%
Translation & Experimentation - 25%

Thank you for your time,
  04 April 2013
Tutorials 60%
Collaborative work 60%
Googling 30%
Animating 40%

The best thing for me so far is figuring out unconventional rigs.
Like an anthropomorphic frog, or a creature with bizarre functionality~
Animating inspires the building of better rigs too.
  05 May 2013
I started out through programming. I started that with python. I started that with Python For the Absolute Beginner. Once I became accustomed to logical operations rigging was fairly straight forward.
  05 May 2013

You may find this hard to believe, but I just make it up as I go along.

Cactus Dan
It doesn't matter what people say about you, just as long as they're talking about you., cactus3d-Plugins, CD Character Plugins forum
  05 May 2013
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