10 December 2009


I have just completed a freelance project for a medical training film. I will soon put up a little clip here. Watch this space! :)

16 November 2009

Updated Technical Showreel

I finally got a chance to upload my updated showreel.

This is a short reel, showing what I have been up to in the last few months in terms of learning more about Mel Scripting and Rigging


Showreel Breakdown

00.00 Contact Details
00.07 Features Intro
00.11 Auto Rigger
Demonstration of how Auto Rigger is used. It is shown are placeholders are used to determine the positioning of the joints.
00.40 Dynamic Parenting/Space Switching
Demonstration of Space Switching which can be used on any control. Switching is done in changing an attibute in the channelbox.
01.30 IK/FK Switching for Arms
Demonstration of no-pop IK/FK Switching which can be used on the fly during animation.
02.06 IK/FK Spine
Demonstration of FK/IK Spine, similar to the one taught by Jason Schleifer.
02.23 Contact Details

Technical Showreel - Scripted Rigging from Angelika Aibel on Vimeo.

29 October 2009

Space Switching - Research

I have been trying to research the different ways of achieving space switching. One of the famous auto-riggers to use is zooToolbox which was written by the legend Hamish McKenzie , which also includes a space switch feature. Upon researching this a little bit more I stumbled across DJX's blog which is written by David Johnson. He has some brilliant tutorials and information about how to use zooToolbox, and its inner workings....well worth checking out.
Another thing I came across is the discussion of scriptJobs and their advantages/flaws in relation to space switching. Scriptjobs are notorious for causing update problems during playback and I have been putting some research into how there could be a workaround. An interesting approach is for example discussed by the creator of the brilliant 'Blake Rig' and several other rigs, Jason Baskin. This involves creating extra attributes that are keyframed and therefore force the update.

11 October 2009

WIP - Procedural Rigging Clip

I just wanted to upload a small update on the improved torso rig which I created with Mel Scripting. I am now hoping to add further features.

30 September 2009

WIP - Procedural Rigging

Have added a new feature to the procedural rigging to include an FK/IK Spine, enabling independent hip and shoulder movement. Will put up a clip of it working soon.

30 August 2009

Procedural Rigging

Here is a little clip of the scripts in action that I have been working on. So far the executed scripts generate a biped rig which has IK/FK arms with auto snap function. I am hoping to add more features soon.

Procedural Rigging from Angelika Aibel on Vimeo.

Thank you to Sean Nolan for his great tutorial on FKIK matching. If you are interested it can be found on www.snolan.net

30 July 2009


I am currently trying to wirte a script to help with the rigging process of bipeds and
enable rigging in a procedural way. I have only a basic IK rig so far, but I would
like to add more features such as

- IK/FK switching

- Stretchy limbs/back

- Space Switching/ Dynamic Parenting