Dynamic Facial Asset and Rig Generation from a Single Scan


Given a single neutral scan (a), we generate a complete set of dynamic face model assets, including personalized blendshapes and physically-based dynamic facial skin textures of the input subjects (b). The results carry high-fidelity details which we render in Arnold [Maya 2019] (c). Our generated facial assets are animation-ready as shown in (d).


The creation of high-fidelity computer-generated (CG) characters used in film and gaming requires intensive manual labor and a comprehensive set of facial assets to be captured with complex hardware, resulting in high cost and long production cycles. In order to simplify and accelerate this digitization process, we propose a framework for the automatic generation of high-quality dynamic facial assets, including rigs which can be readily deployed for artists to polish. Our framework takes a single scan as input to generate a set of personalized blendshapes, dynamic and physically-based textures, as well as secondary facial components (e.g., teeth and eyeballs). Built upon a facial database consisting of pore-level details, with over 4,000 scans of varying expressions and identities, we adopt a self-supervised neural network to learn personalized blendshapes from a set of template expressions. We also model the joint distribution between identities and expressions, enabling the inference of the full set of personalized blendshapes with dynamic appearances from a single neutral input scan. Our generated personalized face rig assets are seamlessly compatible with cutting-edge industry pipelines for facial animation and rendering. We demonstrate that our framework is robust and effective by inferring on a wide range of novel subjects, and illustrate compelling rendering results while animating faces with generated customized physically-based dynamic textures.

Authors: Jiaman Li, Zhengfei Kuang, Yajie Zhao, Mingming He, Karl Bladin, Hao Li

University of Southern California, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, Pinscreen

SIGGRAPH Asia 2020

Paper on arxiv