Advanced Facial Rigging
Jane Porter

Back in year 2013 I had a chance to visit Blue Sky Studios and meet up with Chris Pagoria who is absolutely the most talented facial rigging TD I ever met. At that time Chris was the facial rigging instructor at AnimSchool, and I was extremely lucky to enroll in his class and start my journey in making facial rigs.

I’ve worked on Jane’s facial around 6 months at Chris’s class, it was my first attempt to make advanced facial rig, there was lot of trial and error, and I’ve learned a lot of amazing techniques within this period. The rig is a mixture between joints and blend shapes, I mostly used blend shapes to make the appeal facial shapes, like the mouth and the brows shapes, and the joints were used for the technical stuff such as the eyes, jaw and mouth zipper. And on top of the joints there is a layer of blend shape correctives!

Jane facial rig video got more than 10,000 views on YouTube just within the first week of publishing it! And I received a lot of great feedback from animators and supervisors who work at Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, Sony and Blue Sky Studios. I’m extremely proud of this project, and I always use it as a reference when I do any facial rig.

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