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FREE Character Generator List for Blender!

Danan blender, Character Animation Series 1 Comment

Ever wanted to go in and just animate a film without spending months to model, rig, texture, and shade a character. Thankfully, there are a number of different character generators you can use with Blender which come fully modeled, rigged, textured and ready to animate! Check out the Character Generator list below!

"Tripping" characters generated by Daz Studio

“Tripping” characters generated by Daz Studio

Daz Genesis

Daz Studio has been around for a while and they have some awesome looking 3D characters! In particular, their Daz Genesis range seems to be the one that I found most interesting. It allows you to change features such as age, gender, weight and so on through the pushing and pulling of a few sliders. It’s not exactly a character generator though. You would need to export from Daz before you can use it in Blender. The rig that comes along with it generally isn’t that advanced. I actually used the basic rig through my short film “Tripping” and found it so tedious to work with. You may need to re-rig the character using something like Rigify.

Download Daz Studio here: http://www.daz3d.com/home

MakeHuman

MakeHuman was one of the first character generators I’ve worked with. It’s pretty much the best free character generator for Blender at the moment. MakeHuman allows you to generate a huge variety of different characters. Similar to Daz Genesis, you start with a base generic character and then modify properties such as age, weight, height, race, etc until you get the look you want. Their characters don’t look as appealing as the Daz ones though, but they are getting better. The latest MakeHuman characters look a lot more improved. Another good thing about MakeHuman is that importing into Blender is a breeze. You just need to export to MHX format and Blender already has a MakeHuman plugin that will import the MHX file. MakeHuman has some other handy features like facial animation controls as well as the ability to easily apply BVH motion capture files to the character. Recently, they’ve added a library for clothes, hair, shoes and so on. I hope this library gets big one day! This makes character animation a joy to work with and why I rate the MakeHuman character generator much higher than Daz Genesis for Blender even though it still needs to catch up in terms of appeal.

Download MakeHuman here: http://www.makehuman.org/

CG Cookie Flex Rig

This one was created by CG Cookie. This is a character generator tool created within Blender itself that allows you to create a variety of different cartoony characters. The looks of the characters are great (they look very appealing) and the rig is a lot more stable than MakeHuman. This rig was made as part of their Character Animation tutorial series. This is licenced as CC-BY allowing you to use these characters in your films as long as you give credit to the creators.

Here is the link to download Cookie Flex Rig (You’ll need an account with BlendSwap): http://www.blendswap.com/blends/view/61707

Anna Rig (NOT FREE!)

This is a fairly new one that I saw recently on the BlenderMarket. I haven’t used it but it seems like you can create variations of the Disney Barbie type of characters. The rig looks pretty high quality as well. It sells on the BlenderMarket for $40.

Get it here: https://cgcookiemarkets.com/all-products/anna-rig/

That’s it! Pick out a character generator and try it for yourself! If there are more character generators that I’ve failed to mention, please let me now and I will continually update this list!