You Don’t Have To Be a senior rigging Artist To Start Rigging birds!

RdM Wings! 

  • Easy to use interface. (Perfect for the Non-technical Artist)
  • Rig by modules. Scapulars, Secondaries, Primaries
  • Simplified 3 step process (Base Joints, Feather Joints, All System).
  • Designed to minimize repetitive tasks in the rigging process.
  • Unlike other auto rigging tools, it doesn’t slow down Maya.  
  • Non-Destructive workflow* (Be able to rebuild them and rebind them easy)
  • Easy feather bind skin

Dear Friend,

My name is Esteban Rodriguez. I’m a technical artist and I have rigging birds for the past couple of months.

When I first started Rigging Birds I do node by node and I can tell you that the feathers were extremely time-consuming. ! You must create a lot of groups over hierarchy and you can lose control of the order fast. So I was struggling to deliver my wings cleanly.

What I noticed was there were simple repetitive button clicks and commonly repetitive clicks to rig all these feathers. it was a lot of the same. So this was the time when I realize that is was going to be faster to create a system that allows me to automate every single feather.

That’s the origin of the rigging system for wings. It’s a module that we combine to create all the required feathers. It’s ultra-flexible in the number of individual elements so it fits every single type of wing.

One of the most satisfying experiences was working with La Posta (https://www.laposta.com.ar/), Doing an Ibis, and getting better at rigging wings. This was my third bird or so and still a lot to improve bu getting comfortable doing them. In this project was when I have the realization moment to start planing a bird autorig to be able to spend more time focusing on the fun stuff and not in the node by node process

Take a look at how easy it is to create awasome wings!

UPDATES

want some tech info?

How to install:

paste RdMWings folder to : documents/maya/201X/scripts/

open loadAutoWings.py in the escript editor

Run all (ctrl + enter)

#wingModule.py
'''
content: basic auto wing module. Divided in 2 parts.  Ref Joints and all the module done

version: 1.0.0

date: 21/04/2020

how to: 
Select 2 joints and then:
wingModuleFunc(amount = 10 , Axis = 'Z',distanceBack = 2)      
createWings(amount = 10 , Axis = 'Z',distanceBack = 2,size = 2,colorCC = 13)

dependencies:   
math
cmds
pymel

licence: https://www.eulatemplate.com/live.php?token=uvtn9mOrCrX6m7CkXYA1EPZOFrBTEj67
author:  Esteban Rodriguez <info@renderdemartes.com>

'''

#*********************************************************************************************
#AutoWings
'''
content: creates a bird wing rig with clavicle, scapular, secundaries and primaries feathers

version: 1.0.0

date: 21/04/2020

how to: 
CreateJoints()  #position base joints in place
buildWingsRef(ScapAmount, ScaptBack, SecAmount, SecBack, PrimAmount, PrimBack) #position feathers 
buildWingsSystem(ScapAmount, ScaptBack, SecAmount, SecBack, PrimAmount, PrimBack,sizeUI)  #crete the rig

mirrorWing() #mirror all system

rebuildLeftWing() #Return to buildWingsRef()

dependencies:   
math
cmds
pymel
wingModule

licence: https://www.eulatemplate.com/live.php?token=uvtn9mOrCrX6m7CkXYA1EPZOFrBTEj67
author:  Esteban Rodriguez <info@renderdemartes.com>

'''

#*********************************************************************************************
#autoFold
'''
content: create basic folding system based on your pose

version: 1.0.0

date: 21/04/2020

how to: 
setInitialKeys()#creates a bad initial pose from frame 0 to 60
keysToSDK2() #based on that pose 0 to 60 creates an auto SDK to save the pose in wing fold attr


dependencies:   
mel
cmds
pymel

licence: https://www.eulatemplate.com/live.php?token=uvtn9mOrCrX6m7CkXYA1EPZOFrBTEj67
author:  Esteban Rodriguez <info@renderdemartes.com>

'''
#*********************************************************************************************
#BindFeathers
'''
content: easy bind of the feathes by selecting them in order
version: 1.0.0

date: 21/04/2020

how to: 
bindWings(side = '', feather = 'Part')



dependencies:   
cmds

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author:  Esteban Rodriguez <info@renderdemartes.com>

'''