Automated Accessory Rigs for Layered 2D Character Illustrations2021-2022

Digital 2D illustrated characters are prevalent in many contexts, from user avatars to comic book stars. Mix-and-match character creation tools like Bitmoji or Picrew help even novice artists make their own characters but limit them to choosing a set of clothes and accessories. What if we had tools to make these mix-and-match characters easily come to life? We propose a set of novel, automated constraints which attach clothing and other accessories to the body of an illustrated character such that when a user modifies the shape or pose of the character’s body, the accessories will automatically adapt. Thus, users can customize their characters to better match their own body shapes or to dance around in clothing reflective of their own cultures. Our tool will make authoring compelling visual content more accessible.

The Team