Here are some images from his current rigging. I have focused mainly on his head and arms at this point. So for now he can’t swim. He now has FK and IK hands with the ability to blend between them.
Showing some hand movements.
His neck and head have been moved to a more upward motion. The joints there stack so the neck will move first then the head as the necks limit is reached.
This would be more like a pose where he was coming up for air. His mouth is also closed.
A little happy pose, he has a slight head twist he picked up from my dog Leeloo when she is concentrating hard and trying to figure out what you are saying.
Buddy the manatee has been put on hold for a while so I decided to go back and improve JB.
Most of the work is in his rigging as I have moved Buddy’s rig over to JB. I modified it slightly to take into account JB’s features and the main differences in his eye structures.
Here are some pictures of JB manatee version 2 with his new skeleton.
You can see here is eye is much more manatee like now. The rig is setup to eventually be able to close it in a similar way to a real manatee.
I fixed the topology issues in his tail that were there in version 1.
Here you can see his skeleton. The little manatee above him there is a reference object that contains some animatable parameters that control his functionality.