I made a simple mesh and added bones, as I was practicing keyframing a bone structure. I applied a procedural wood material to the mesh, and applied smart UV projection. After rendering it out, I noticed that when the mesh bends, the material doesn't follow the deformation, choosing instead to remain "upright". Attaching below my .blend and a link to the rendered clip.

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What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance.

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    $\begingroup$ hello, there's no material in your file, just a Principled BSDF with white color $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented Apr 11, 2021 at 5:29
  • $\begingroup$ ähem...so there IS a material right? :D sorry, couldn't resist. :D :D :D $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Commented Apr 11, 2021 at 5:45
  • $\begingroup$ lol sorry, I uploaded a version of the file before I added the material. Fixed now, thanks for letting me know. $\endgroup$
    – irwazr
    Commented Apr 11, 2021 at 5:52
  • $\begingroup$ Please edit your question to show screenshots of your material nodes instead of requiring someone to download and open your .blend. This will make the question more accessible and relevant to others as well as guarding against the .blend perhaps not being available in future. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 11, 2021 at 6:48
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Rich, good suggestion. Edited. $\endgroup$
    – irwazr
    Commented Apr 11, 2021 at 7:05

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The problem was that you used object coordinates. Object coordinates always point towards obeject X, Y and Z-axis. To fix this you have to either change it to UV or Generated coordinates which bend with the object.

SET TO GENERATED: enter image description here

SET TO UV: enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ +1, of course... but object coordinates align to the object's axes, with all their transforms, not the world.. :D $\endgroup$
    – Robin Betts
    Commented Apr 11, 2021 at 7:37
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for clearing it Robin $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 11, 2021 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks so much! Can't believe it was such a simple error! That's what I get for blindly just setting the input into my texture coordinate node! $\endgroup$
    – irwazr
    Commented Apr 12, 2021 at 7:37
  • $\begingroup$ Trust me, it has happened to me more times than you can imagine. That's why I always check my texture coordinates when something goes wrong $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 12, 2021 at 15:42

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