I think that what I’d like to achieve is a true cartoon-style (as in, “drawn on the surface of a sphere”) mouth for my stick-figure. But, I’d like to be able to do it with animation-style controls … hooks and so-forth … if I can.
This little show is probably going to use a Toon shader, because I want it to look very much like “a cartoon, only visibly 3D.” So, what I’m talking about is a look like the mouth, eyes, and so-on actually were drawn on the surface of the spherical head … but they move, smile, look this way and that, and so on.
I’m toying with various ideas but not really coming up with anything. What I’d basically like to be able to do here, conceptually speaking, is to somehow animate what’s happening on a flat plane, then to project that plane onto the spherical head. (Shrinkwrap comes to mind.) I don’t want the character to look bug-eyed.
I’m planning for it to be a six-second animation, and a parody, and to look the part. Ideas?