Need a good example of using Stretch IK in a rig? Or how about a simple rig like those seen from Animation Mentor? We've attempted to round up a collection of links to the available rigs out there and we even have a few new ones to show you.
Well like I said, we have a few new rigs for you to take a look at and experiment with. The first one is from Martin Georgiev. He shared a simple Stretch IK example and even provided the .blend on cgtalk. If you aren't a member of cgtalk you can download the rig from our mirror here. This one even has a nice walk cycle with stretch goodness included!
A note from Martin:
I forgot to delete the knee and ankle nulls.
In the beginning they were targets for stretch-to constraint but they don't work correct. I changed it with bones.
Lasphere has provide two Animation Mentor "look-a-likes" for Blender use. The rigs are a work-in-progress still, but are a good start. More info and downloads can be found at the Blenderartist thread.
*update 5/20/2007: Lasphere has informed us that he has been contacted by Animation Mentor, asking him to remove his rigs. He has of course done so, as no copyright violation of any kind was intended.
Along with those rigs the blender community has provided us with a collection of rigged characters that range from simple to complex including: Ludwig, Mancandy, Suzanne, Noodles , Cutebear, Simple Character, Squeek and Bunny.
*update 3/09/2007: Mouse rig available.
If you know of any others, please let us know in comments and I'll add it to the list.
*update 4/11/2007: 3 Impressive rigs available (including actions)
note: As of this posting all links for downloading are working. Please let us know if any go down.