I am planning on creating dummy mannequins to be used for various projects. I want a generic adult male mannequin, a generic adult female mannequin, and a generic child mannequin (I might add generic overweight and generic elderly later on). Initially I wanted all three mannequins to exist in one scene with simple rigs (just bones, no complicated drivers, controls, constraints, etc). Now I’m thinking of maybe using rigify, but I have apprehensions because of my experience with multiple rigs in one scene. In my experience, rigs with similar names end up being a conflict in the scripts that drive them.
My main question essentially is: what would be the best workflow for what I intend to do with the mannequins?
What I intend to do with the mannequins:
- pose multiple mannequins to render an image to be used as a reference for paintings (my main goal in having the mannequins).
- pose multiple mannequins in one scene to sculpt
The rest of my questions:
- If I was to go with the simple bone no rigify approach, I shouldn’t run into any problems right? Since there are no scripts/constraints/drivers attached to the bones, there shouldn’t be any complications right?
- If I was to go the rigify route;
- Can I have multiple rigify rigs in one blend file or is this a big no no?
- Is there some sort of naming function in rigify to make sure that multiple rigifys in one scene do not come into conflict with one another?
- Should I separate the models into different files, rig them with rigify, and link/append them altogether? Is this the best approach?
- If I go the linking rigify approach, would the different rigs made with rigify conflict with each other once I link them?
- If I separate the models into different files, can I link to the same file twice? Ie, if my painting/sculpt calls for two male adults, can I link to the generic adult male twice? Would that cause any conflict?
- Which one is better, linking or appending?
I would like to use rigify because of the ease of using it, but I honestly don’t know much about rigging/linking. I’ll be doing more research and experimentation on this subject today so I’ll update this question later on. In the meantime, any help you guys can give me is greatly appreciated. Thanks.