Rigging, It’s tougher than it looks…

So I spent the last few hours trying to figure out why my aperture lines up correctly in one pose but not in another.  I’m sure that there’s a simple solution to the problem… and looking back I’ll think, “D’oh! yeah, that was a dumb newb mistake.”   In a previous life, I was told that experiences like these are “learning opportunities.” sigh.

For anyone curious what a vertically slatted optical assembly looks like rigged in blender? Check it out… It’ll change over the next few days I’m sure, as I figure out my alignment issue, but to date, this is the most complex rig I’ve ever done. Go me!

So what you’re looking at here are the rig “bones” for the aperture which allow the aperture to open and close.  Behind it, you see a fan-shaped set of bones which control the segmented slats above and below the eye that telescope in or out depending on the inclination of the optical assembly itself.

.The specific problem that I’m having at the moment is, if I incline the eye, the aperture drifts slightly to the left.  I’ll experiment on it this weekend and hopefully find a good solution.  Learning Opportunity, right?

In the meanwhile, I actually did a little bit more concept design work around how Seña will express emotions.  Here are four basic emotions that I tried to express using the eye that I designed for her.

Actually drawing out the eye pieces in different emotional states, it showed me just how important coloration will be.

See if you can figure out what these emotions are…