We want the tongue to have a different material and texture than the rest of the body. We also want to rig the tongue so it elastically stretch from the soft palate when the mouth opens.
We are discussing two strategies concerning the tongue:
- The tongue is a part of the main body mesh. We control how the bone flexes the body using weight paint. Applying the textures requires careful separation between the body and the mouth.
- The tongue is a separate object from the body. This strategy seems more logical, as the tongue is indeed something different like the leg is different from the torso. Applying the textures and sculpting will be easier, but we have doubts about how to animate opening the mouth, which involves both flexing the body and stretching the tongue out.
- The tongue and the lower soft palate is a separate object. Upper soft palate is a part of the body, because it needs to move and stretch when the jaw opens. It seems like a compromise, but it may well be the most difficult to achieve and tune.
- Are those options equally feasible, or is one more manageable than the other?
- If option 2 has some merits, how to reliably parent the soft palate and tongue to the body, so it stays connected when the upper jaw (part of the body) opens? Comment below the answer this question suggests that it may not be possible:character made with multiple objects one armature or different armatures