Ok, so I tried a new plug-in called 'The Set Up Machine'.... I admit I had some difficulties, the tutorial is kind of fast. I then spent two days doing my own complex rig...."Where was that 'Set-up machine' plug-in ?" I tried it again and this time it seems to work well. I still have some additional weighting to do, but all in all very nice controls and (once you get the hang of it), relatively effortless compared to the laborious rig I was building. The nice thing is, it has an FK_IK blend. My good friend Shahen Jordan, one of Hollywoods leading matt painters, is working on a beautiful set for Frankenstein. Check out his work on my blog link. Amazing! Well, things are moving along.. Thanks for checking in..Stay tuned.
P.S. Shout out to my Homie, Roger Dickes of Glendale Community College. 'His pimp hand is strong, he got mad skills'. His art department is sick and ill. If you want to learn Maya, take his classes, 'you be ridin' on dubs'.