This model is rigged using simple ikHandles and NURBS primitive control objects to help achieve realistic animations of the limbs, joints, and muscles. The rig in scalable. Control objects can be easily manipulated through the transform tools to achieve desired animations.
2 fully editable animation sets have been included in maya 2018 ASCII (referenced to the main rig) to make them easier to use and edit:
-walk (loop)-36 frames -run (loop)- 24 frames
FUR NOTES (no plug-in): Included alpha maps with poly planes to simulate the fur in the mane, tail and eyelashes.
SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT NOTE: You would need Shave and A Haircut for Maya 2018 (*/**) in order to render the hair, otherwise you would be able to render only the main mesh (or use the poly planes with alpha maps -included) For an even better render quality you can increase the hair primitives count up to your machine memory limit (The actual renders have been made on a machine based on a single I7 cpu with 16 gigs of ram - about 5 minutes for a 1480x800 frame) --5 different hair systems for a total of about 4mil hairs.
Included: Exported hair curves created by hair primitives (FBX and Maya 2018 ascii) so you can use them as guides if you' re using a different Fur/Hair plugin.
* The actual files have been created with Shave and a haircut 9.6 ** Please always use an updated Shave and a haircut release to avoid rendering issues.
ARNOLD RENDERER NOTE:
* The actual rendering settings (AA=5) are for a medium quality output (preview images shown above). To get better quality images you can increase the Arnold settings up to your machine limit. ** Arnold release used: -MtoA 126.96.36.199 -Arnold core 188.8.131.52
-The model is provided in the standard RIG pose. -The signature preview pose is also included in a separate maya file.