Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
School of Computing
Sophie Jorg, Committee Chair
Realistic skin deformation is one of the major criteria for creating believable, dig- itally enhanced characters. Muscle simulation is one of the more popular techniques used in filmmaking. It helps bring a sense of realism to the character by adding subtle, secondary motion to the skin. Small features like these make the character appear more lifelike. This thesis focuses on the generation of a character rig and implementation of a digital muscle system for a tiger. The rig is built and animated in Maya and the Maya Muscle tool was used to create the muscle system. The muscle deformations are compared to the standard smooth skinning method in a walk and run animation.
Sharpe, Christian James, "Rigging Realistic Skin Deformation with Muscle Systems" (2019). All Theses. 3051.