Solving the Gimbal Lock Problem in Character Rigs

Kasper Larsson Covers How to Avoid Gimbal Lock by Rotation Order.

Technical and Rigging Artist Kasper Larsson covers how you can avoid gimbal lock in your rigging work, ultimately making it easier for animators to animate. Don’t know what gimbal lock is? You will unquestionably will, it when you see it.

Larsson shows how a simple thing like rotation order can solve the problem in a percentage of the cases. “Most of the time I try to leave the gimbal rotation orders as much as possible to the standard layout, but it happens from time to time that I can help an animator by changing these small things,” Kasper says. “Its just one setting and you are done but knowing what to look for is essential to improve someone else’s workflow.”