JUNIOR RIGS – BIPEDAL
Eleven Rig - FREE
The Eleven Rig is my favorite rig to teach newbies with because the math and controls are clean and do not break. This rig is also very simple with out a bunch of unnecessary controls.
The download link below points to my “fixed version” of the rig which works in Maya 2014 or higher. If you want the original rig, go here.
People think it is funny that I still use this rig after so many years… but you can alter it to male or female, the math on the legs is accurate where a walk cycle doesn’t limp (which is more than I can say for many rigs out there), it has pins for the knees and elbows which I find lacking on many rigs offered and finally the facial is directly on the face and not some GUI on the side which I prefer. I hate moviong controls hoping it will make the shape I need like some remote control setup. This rig works well for both facial and body mechanics. Rig by Chris Donnelly email@example.comDownload The Eleven Rig - Mod by Angie to Work in Maya 2017
Judy Hopps Rig - FREE
The Judy Hopps Rig is a new release and it tested well with my students. Students created walk cycles with this rig and although the foot controls are more complicated than the Walker Rig and Eleven’s control set-up, students took to the rig well after using the simpler ones just fine.
I would encourage students to try the Eleven Rig for the walk first before tackling this rig because Eleven only has maybe 50-75 controls. The Judy Hopps rig is very detailed and at feature level of controls… meaning there are HUNDREDS of controls. You also have to run the python script to access the facial rig called “FemtoRig.” Rig by Mahmoud Youssef http://www.mahmoudgfx.com/contacts
Mery Rig - FREE
target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>The Mery Rig is the most appealing FEMALE rig for free out there right now. Be careful spinning her around as her hips can go into gimbal lock easily. This rig works well for both facial and body mechanics. She can change from pants to skirt and comes with a picker and here the link to download and install instructions. Rig by José Manuel García Alvarez and Antonio Méndez Lora http://www.meryproject.com/contact
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Franklin Rig - FREE
The Franklin Rig is the most appealing MALE rig for free out there right now. He has very long proportions so be careful in pose choices and his facial is BOTH directly on his face and is a GUI (which I, personally hate) for the lips sync and more detailed shapes. This rig works well for both facial and body mechanics. Rig by Joshua Cote http://jicdesigns.com/contact/Download The Franklin Rig
Malcolm Rig - FREE
The Malcolm Rig is a favorite among animators because the new release V2.0 has more costume changes than the Village People. He also has a robust set of controls, but you will need to install the picker to handle it all. This rig works well for both facial and body mechanics. Rig by Anim School http://www.animschool.com/DownloadOffer.aspxDownload The Malcolm Rig
Kayla/Kyle Rigs - $12
The Kayla and Kyle Rigs are very appealing and worth the $12. They do have some defomration issues at the lebows, knees and groin that I wish Josh would fix. I have seen people do mods to this and clean up the weights, but no one has offered the mod for free to anyone. He also has a robust set of controls, but you will need to install the picker to handle it all. The rigs come with a picker shelf and both can age proportionally from about 6-16 years of age. This rig works well for both facial and body mechanics. Rig by Josh Sobel firstname.lastname@example.orgDownload The Kayla/Kyle Rig
Mathilda Rig - FREE
The Mathilda Rig is a decent rig but her facial can get creeepy really fast, so be careful with those controls. You should also scale her teeth because they are too small and part of the reason she looks scary, especially when she smiles. Scale her choppers so the biggest front tooth can fit inside a nostril. This follows normal proportions. This rig works well for both facial and body mechanics. Rig by Leon Li-Aun Sooi and Xiong Lin email@example.comDownload The Mathilda Rig
Homer Rig - FREE
The Homer Simpson Rig is fun for cartoony actions and my students love playing with him. His design can be limiting for movement due to his belly but that is the job of the character animator to create movement that works for the design! He has really fun face controls that can do a lot. The neck has that weird translate instead of FK that I hate, but overall he is a pretty clean rig. Unless you are used to animating a character that is tubby and working around that design for body mechanics, I would use his for acting shots. Rig by Karim Kashefihttps://plus.google.com/105606222619284997349
Jin and Joe Rigs - FREE
The Jin and Joe Rigs are appealing but have a few issues for the inexperienced animator.
1 – there is no picker and a TON of controls to keep up with.
2 – the deforms at the elbows, knees groin and shoulders are not clean so you have to baby the rig to get appealing poses.
This rig works definitely works better for close up acting than body mechanics for these reasons.
Rig by One on One Animation School
Mr Buttons Rig - FREE
The Mr. Buttons Rig is appealing and bends right for most deforms, but he has limited toe controls and will take a little coaxing to create solid body mechanics = walks, skips, runs, etc. He is much better for close up acting shots. Rig by Keith Osborn
The Hare Rig - FREE
The Hare Rig is fun for cartoony actions, but work much better on body mechanics because his design impedes facial sometimes. You must tilt the head back quite a bit to even see his mouth. He has some weird deforms on his legs and hips so take care in posing. You may have counter animate some controls to get an appealing shape. Again, he is much better for close up acting shots. Rig by Arman Musovic
Zombie Rig From Hotel T - FREE
Pink Panther Rig - FREE
Spiderman Rig By Mathew Lowe - FREE
The Spiderman Rig is nice and seems clean on first inspection. The web doesn’t work in later versions to render. Only using mental Ray. I am a fan of the Matthew Lowe Rigs since they are simple, the math is clean and it makes it easy to teach with them. The model, design, and rig are way more solid than any other spiderman rig out there. Do not be fooled by imitations, use this one. Rig by Mathew Lowe
Rocket Racoon Rig By Mathew Lowe - FREE
The Rocket Racoon Rig is nice and seems clean on first inspection. I haven’t had any of my students fully test this one and cannot find any animations online using it so, I invite you send me information on this rig and its strengths and weaknesses. Rig by Mathew Lowe
Conan - FREE
The Conan Rig is clean and moves well. He comes with an axe prop but there are plenty of free weapon models online you may download if you want something else. I like that you can animate his necklace, too. He does have a thick body design so the shoulders need to move a lot to get his arms around his chest. Rig by Truong CG Artist
Hulk Rig By Mathew Lowe - FREE
The Hulk Rig is nice and seems clean on first inspection. I haven’t seen many animations done with this rig but my students have enjoyed animating with it and have had no real issues. Deforms at the crotch are a bit weird, but these are “game-style” rigs so they should deform as well as a feature rig. Rig by Mathew Lowe
Koala Bob - $10
The Koala Bob Rig is an “ok” rig. This rig has serious issues with the legs, especially if you put them in FK mode. The deforms are a bit weird ont he body and it is difficult to get this rig into a seated positon. I had a student try to make him dance and this also was quite challenging. In addition, the squash and stretch doesn’t respct volume so you have to work at it to keep the rig from feeling like it it is made of jello. This is why this rig is listed last. It could be a great rig and has a lot of character to it, but it really needs work. I am not saying you cannot get a good performance out of this rig. I am just saying you need to be an experienced animator to get appeal. This rig works best for close up shots for dialog. The rig comes with a picker and a library of facial poses. Rig by Josh Sobel firstname.lastname@example.orgDownload The Koala Bob Rig