For some reason moving the hand deforms the belly: Moving the hand like this causes deformationAnother view

However, there are no weights in that area, or at least none strong enough to cause the deformation I see: Weights associated with hand bone

This is how it appears normally (at rest position): Rest position

How would I go about fixing this? I am completely stumped.

  • $\begingroup$ Related: blender.stackexchange.com/questions/76715/… $\endgroup$
    – Paul Gonet
    Commented Oct 7, 2017 at 1:18
  • $\begingroup$ @PaulGonet Doesn't work, weights are already cleared, yet it still deforms like this. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 7, 2017 at 1:21
  • $\begingroup$ Uploading a .blend file would definitely help. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 7, 2017 at 2:16
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    $\begingroup$ It's always weights... always. Hard to spot, yes. $\endgroup$
    – m.ardito
    Commented Oct 7, 2017 at 7:40
  • $\begingroup$ @ScottMilner Added the .blend file. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 7, 2017 at 14:09

1 Answer 1


Diagnosis first, solution second:


Bad bone weigths From the looks of it you used automatic weigthing (probably heat-based) and in the bind pose the IK bone finger1.L.IK is very close to both the belly and the finger, so both places are automatically weigthed to the IK bone. Anything you move that moves the IK bone will therefor will move the belly. This problem exists for all of your IK bones, they all have weights when they really should not deform anything, they are just helpers to move the real deform bones like finger1.L, finger1.L.001.


Your IK targets generally should not have any vertices weigthed to them if you only want to use them to drive your real deform bones. To make sure automatic weighting doesn't use helper bones, select them and switch off the deform option by clicking Armature>Bone Settings>Deform in the 3d View menu bar or by pressing SHIFTW and selecting deform (just unchecking the checkbox only changes the setting for the currently selected bone!): switch off deform on IK bones

Notice that I did not switch deform off for the IK targets of the feet, because you are using those as both an IK target and deform bones for the feet!

When you are done with this you have to redo the weigths. Select the mesh ALTP then select Clear Parent and finally you can parent the mesh to the armature again like you did before and create automatic weigths again. I've attached my result as a .blend file, so you can have a look if you have any further problems.

Additional Infos on Rigging

If you want a really incredibly great and thorough introduction to rigging, take a look at 'Humane Rigging' in the Blender Shop or on Youtube. It's not for the current version of Blender, but it is the best I know of (my knowledge of Blender rigging is dated too, I should add).

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! Didn't know those control bones were the problem! Will keep that in mind! ^^ $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 7, 2017 at 20:16

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