Using Joystick and sliders and Rubberhose
We here at Goldener Westen always start our rigs transforming AI files to Shape Layers, for a more clean and lighter After Effects file.
Always keep her inicial pose for rigging as T-pose or Arms down.
For this character, Paula, we decided to use Rubberhose Plugin for her Arms and legs, since they are simple shapes and Rubberhose is awesome for that.
We replaced the shapes and positioned the Rubberhoses at the right place and then parented the Hands and Shoes to the Controls.
Because of Paula‘s dress, we took advantage of After Effecs built-in script Create Null from Paths, to add keyframes to the Nulls and to have more control of her dress.
👉 Keyframed paths take longer to the plugin to calculate.
We also created a COG (Center of Gravity) as a Null Object control in order to parent the Shoulders, Hips, Head and Dress to it for positioning and rotating her body.
After you have all the controls, you can start with Joystick and Sliders.
The plugin requires you to do 5 key poses, Front, Right, Left, Up and Down and once the joystick is set, it interpolates the inbetweens of these poses.
As a reference, we used the illustration thumbnails that we already had of Paula.