Learning how a skeleton is made for a model wasn't too difficult, but there were a couple points like the ribbon spine and the fingers which were a little difficult. It's interesting to see how certain joints have to be placed in certain ways because of taking skinning into account.
|Ribbon Spine Skinning|
|Basic Skinning Complete|
Basic Skinning (Before Blend Shapes) is both satisfying, and pure evil. The process for getting basic skinning down is downright painful, but I can definitely say now I would be much more confident skinning something now there I would have before. Unlike the Zombie Rig tutorial, this 3D model has a lot of kinks that needed to be sorted out before progressing.
The actual process for skinning JPJ can be very tedious but it is very simple, some shortcuts work better than others (Converting Edges to Vertices), however, this can mess with a model later in its further skinning refinement.
|Blend Shapes: Arm Refinement|
|Blend Shapes: Leg Refinement|
|Blend Shapes: Mirroring Torso Poses|
|Blend Shapes: Further Leg Refinement|
|Blend Shapes Finished|
So now the model is fully skinning and ready to be rigged. I have to say that what I set out to do in this whole production process, which was to try and figure this whole thing ou on my own has been both insightful and the bane of my existence.
Using the tutorials to make notes and apply them to the model was really helpful, and despite the fact I had to re-skin JPJ once, I can definitely say I know most things about skinning. The only real issues I encountered were the amount of time I would spend on certain segments and one really odd bug which duplicated my geometry.
Overall this skinning process has gone quite nicely and I'm ready to start skinning!