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About me

Hey! I’m Jørn, I am Currently employed as an animator and technical artist at Gimpville in Norway.

Previously, I was a teacher at Idefagskolen (2011 – 2013), I was primarily teaching in the subjects of animation, scripting and rigging. This is the same school that I was a student at myself from 2009 to 2011. It was a fun and educational experience going from being a student to teaching. You really learn things thoroughly when you’re on the other end of the stick, and you get a lot of motivation and inspiration from the drive of the students.

Even though being a teacher was a great experience, it’s quite refreshing to work at an actual production company. You get to do exactly what you’re good at, then the rest of the people in the team do what they’re best at, and in the end you get to see a polished result of something you were a part of. Working in collaboration with a team of artists that all love what they do, I love it!

As you’d probably guess, I love rigging and animation, hence the name of the site. It makes reasonably sense, right? Plus I thought “riganimator” sounded kinda cool 😉

About this site

I have been meaning to put up a website of my own for quite some time now, I finally got to it! 🙂 The purpose of this site is to exchange (and gather) good resources and information primarily related to rigging and animation, both for my own educational reasons and (hopefully) to others. I’ll also use this site as a portfolio by putting up stuff I’m working on.

So this site basically offers a mix of references to people I follow, and my own mutterings and thoughts around the topics.

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12 comments

  1. Sree says:

    Hi ,Jorn , is the mecha cat rig available for animating in personal demo reels ?

  2. Rizwan says:

    Hey,
    i’m Rizwan & i’m an 3D Artist.I checked your Rigging really that’s Owesum Job i really glad to see that & i have 1 question if i’m intresting to buy some rigging Scripts can i buy?

  3. Sree says:

    H i,
    Jorn ,Could animators use this Mecha pussy for their personal reel (NOT commercial use )? If so , where can we download it ?

  4. Kat says:

    Excellent reel and site, I visit pretty regularly for insight : )
    Are there videos and books you’d recommend for understanding the concepts behind rigging?

  5. matt says:

    Hi Jorn,

    Thanks for the great script and tutorial about ribbons. I’m struggling with an IK arm that has 2 ribbons. I can’t seem to keep the ends touching. Is this why you build the twist isolator? I thought I was OK at rigging before I started to put this together.

    Cheers
    Matt

    • Jorn says:

      Hey Matthew, the twist extractor doesn’t really deal with anything other than rotations. It’s a bit hard to tell what’s wrong without having the rig in front of me, but my guess is that you’re missing a point constraint from the joints to the start/end-controllers of the ribbons 🙂

  6. Alex says:

    I could use some advice in rigging a strand of DNA that I want to be able to unwind. Your ribbon rig is really helpful as a starting point, but I think I’ll need to do more to get this working right. If I gave you more information about what I’m attempting, would you be able to help me?

    • Jorn says:

      No promises, but shoot 🙂 Unless you need something special, you could just wrap curves to the ribbon and then wiredeform geometry to them.

      • Alex says:

        I’ve posted at CG Talk to ask folks on that forum if they have any pointers. If you have a chance, could you give it a look? I’m happy to include any more info if you have questions.

        http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=8357483#post8357483

        • Jorn says:

          You could just use the joints in the ribbon to skin another surface (which is driving the DNA strand), and then manually offset the joints.

          Another option is to have two ribbons next to each other so that ribbon1_top_ctrl is on the same position as ribbon2_end_ctrl, that way whatever you do will originate from that position. So when you want to unwind a specific portion of the strand, you could just lower the attribute called AffectToMid on both controllers. This could of course be combined with the first suggestion 🙂

  7. Robert says:

    Dear Jorn-Harald,

    I have got you’re details from a collegue.

    SiMAX is a system to translate audio and written text into sign language. The full translations are, for the first time ever, provided as animated sign language videos, with a 3D-avatar (artificial, animated person).

    We are looking for a rigger specialist, who can either improve our rig or create a new rig for our sign language avatar.
    Just have a look at our avatar on FB: https://www.facebook.com/signlanguage.simax/

    If you are interested, then get in touch with us.
    BR/ MfG
    Robert Pluim

    SignTime GmbH
    http://www.simax.media
    robert.pluim@signtime.media
    + 43 676 7772167

    • Jorn says:

      Hey Robert, that sounds like a really cool project 🙂 Unfortunately I don’t have the time to do any freelance work at the moment. I suggest contacting Rigging Dojo, they are the best educators when it comes to character rigging, and often announce freelance work to their students. Good luck 🙂

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