“How can I gain a comprehensive road map for rigging props and clothes for DAZ Studio, so I can be a successful published artist?”
That road map is hard to get hold of because the many steps involved are scattered across dozens of tutorials. There’s a number of nuanced steps that aren’t always included.
The hardest aspect of content creation is how to rig a prop or clothing item and is elusive to many artists (we’ve been asked about this many times).
If you are an existing content creator, you may have hit a growth ceiling because of rigging and aren’t sure how to break through it to produce next level quality content. You may feel stuck and have that need to shake things up.
Perhaps you can relate to the above.
Perhaps you could benefit from a trusted road map for rigging DAZ Studio content and to be exposed to new tools and shortcuts that would speed up your production and save you time.
Perhaps you are looking for an outstanding DAZ published artist that’s already travelled through all the challenges of rigging, so you don’t have to keep experiencing so much pain yourself?
Perhaps you’re feeling isolated, in need of more connection with artists who have similar goals and values to you…to have a place to turn for camaraderie, feedback, support, and celebration.
DAZ Studio Rigging Library and Forum
This course is specifically for :-
1) DAZ Studio content creator artists that are stuck on rigging.
2) Artists that would benefit from a fresh rigging workflow.
3) Someone who has always wanted to be a Published Artist at DAZ 3D selling their content.
4) Someone who would benefit from learning by regular contact in a close group of artists with similar visions (and struggles) as you.
This course is to help you reach your next creative level so that you can have a bigger impact and generate more influence from your creative content.
This is a consistent and safe place for you to get support, feedback, accountability, camaraderie and new perspectives from people you can trust who have similar creative aspirations to you.
It’s a place to benefit from the expertise of the lead artist in this group, Sabine Hajostek (Esha) who has created over 350 products for the DAZ store. See her store products HERE
Paul Bussey : Content Library and Forum Facilitator
I have been inspiring, promoting, educating and connecting digital artists since 2010. I’ve published over 110 issues of our magazines 3D Art Direct, Digital Art Live and VISNews, with in-depth interviews of fantastic artists that inspire others with their work. I’ve hosted and organised over 200 live events to connect and educate digital artists, with many events having a focus on 3D figure based software such as DAZ Studio or Poser.
Esha : Lead Teacher
Esha lives in Austria and has been creating 3D products for nearly 14 years!
In the past she has created content for Smith Micro and now for DAZ 3D, being a lead active vendor at daz3d.com.
When DAZ released the Developer Tools for DAZ Studio in 2008 she integrated them into her workflow and has been working with Daz Studio, alongside Poser, ever since. In recent years she has been focusing on DS for product development.
Esha’s favourite tools include DAZ Studio, Poser, ZBrush, Wings3D, Xfrog, Marvelous Designer, UVLayout and Photoshop. In all of these she is a self-taught artist, basing her skills on years of experience and numerous online tutorials.
Esha also has several years of experience in teaching adults. She firmly believes that the best way to learn is to actively do something yourself, so she favours a hands-on approach in teaching.
Knowing only too well how tiresome it is to gather scraps of information all over the web she wants to provide comprehensive content that really offers solid information. Moving from the basics to advanced procedures she takes care to make sure that her audience will be able to follow her courses smoothly.
In her spare time Esha loves listening to classical music, baking muffins and collecting cat photos.
Areas of Artistic Growth
With 12 tutorials (25 hours), we’ll look at the following vital steps for rigging. We’ll provide you with the meshes to rig, but we will also encourage you to create your own meshes to rig in your chosen modeling application; so some experience with modeling would be advantageous. You can rig your own chosen meshes.
The course will go in step by detail to rig a prop (a treasure chest with a surprise) and a clothing outfit (a Lara Croft / Tomb Raider type clothing outfit).
As well as the recordings, you’ll have access to a private group of artists who have already taken the course (with resource links and over 3400 posts) and two online meetings with Esha.
Prop Rigging Topics
- Basics: Terminology (mesh, morphs, bones etc.)
- Mesh requirements
- Setting up a rigged prop from scratch (manual & automatic method)
- When and why the rotation order is important
- Weight map basics
- Weight maps for hard surfaces
- Setting limits for bone movement
- Setting up ERC controls
- Adding morphs
- Setting limits for morphs
- Handling geometry changes when rigging is already in place
Rigging a Follower or Clothing outfit
- Difference between a stand-alone figure and a follower (e.g. clothing)
- Setting up a base figure for development
- Mesh requirements
- Using the Transfer Tool
- Using templates
- Weight maps for organic shapes
- JCMs: What they are and how to handle them
- Adding custom bones
- How to handle a skirt
- Rigging shoes with heels (one of the holy grails of content creators)
- Shape morphs & style morphs
- Rigidity maps
- Setting up dForce – and finding the best settings
- Rigid Follow Nodes
- Conditional Grafts
Private online group chat
Any time you need some input or encouragement, you can turn to the private group to connect with other group members.
We’ve found that the private group chat is a powerful connecting tool to keep the conversation and learning going alongside the tutorials.
Step by Step PDF Guide or “Cheat Sheet”
A high value PDF guide that includes keyboard short cuts and insider tips that will cut down the time you spend on rigging.
This provides an additional learning style as well as watching the tutorials.