Tuesday, April 22, 2008


About a year ago I was working on a different kind of face rig based off of these tutorials. With this set up using nurbs curves to deform the mesh, I created this animation to an audio clip from "What About Bob?"

The model was done by Josh Piejko. So about a year later The Face Machine is released which is an face auto rigging tool that was developed by my good friend Jed Mitchell. This rig uses very similar concepts as my nurbs curve face rig, but it takes it several steps further in the way it deforms the face. The automation is easy as pie too. It takes me about 10-20 minutes to rig a character's face using this tool. So what I decided to do was to revamp this monkey model and rig it using the Face and Setup Machine and try to polish the animation as best as I could. Here is what I ended up with.

if you can't see the videos you can check them out at http://www.mytoons.com/evadceivorus


Lainey Lee said...

I love this Dave! First of all I love "What About Bob" and also the monkey is so expressive! I'm impressed, bravo! And great job on your animation for mytoons, it's so cute!!

Vizon said...

I actually like the first one better - it seems to have more character to it - more floppiness in the mouth - more of a toonish stretch. The other one just seems so much more...restricted?

Anyway, I just randomly found your blog when I was looking for an artist that draws marlins. Good stuff here! I like the underwater poem too.

Davipalooza said...

It just occurred to me you were probably doing a search for Joe Suroviec. That is my dad's cousin.