Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Meet Franklin!

We're excited to get to know Franklin, a new free character rig from artella.com. Franklin is aimed at students learning animation and is offered for free download on a royalty-free license.

Franklin joins the growing ranks of free character Maya rigs available to students of animation, allowing them to practice their craft on a wide variety of different characters and creatures.

Franklin isn't fully road-tested yet (at least, not by us), but as with all character rigs it's a good idea to test him out first to see what he can (and cannot) do. To see a walk-through of what Franklin is capable of, watch the video below.

Artella | Free Character from Artella on Vimeo.

Where is Franklin's eye direction control?
To find Franklin's eye direction control, click on the main head control, then in the Channel Box there is an option to turn on the eye direction controller. See image below.

Eye direction control on Franklin. Look under the head control, then search for Eye CNTRL On in the Channel Box. 

It's also worth checking out artella.com. They describe themselves as a place to "partner with the world and bring animated projects to life", and as a "collaboration platform for making animated films, video games and virtual reality content."

So, a potential source of talent to put together a short film project. What a great idea!

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To apply for our new BA/MArt starting in September 2016, follow this link.

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