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.