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Maya by Autodesk, is 3D computer graphics software that runs on Windows, Mac OS and Linux systems and used to create interactive 3D applications, video games, animated films, and visual effects. Autodesk has a generous 3-year license for any kind of student that wants to sample the software. Download a free license
Conan Sinclair is a professional animator and illustrator, and one-half of the team at SIN ARS STUDIOS, a small independent game development studio located in Victoria, Australia. For freelance inquiries, you can contact Conan through his website, Sinars-Studios.com.
Character Animation with Maya. Or any 3D program, really.
Our incredible traditional animation instructor, Conan Sinclar, steps into the world of 3D with the same tried-and-true techniques and fun teaching style from his past lessons to present this new, eight hour course on Maya. You’ll learn plenty of technical basics of Maya, how to pose your character, the importance of silouhette, blocking your sequence, adding anticipation, follow-through, and other animation principals. As you practice various sequences, you’ll work with Maya’s Graph Editor and Dope Sheet as well as go over basic lighting and rendering techniques. And of course, you’ll receive the source files you need to get started animating right along with Conan. If you’re interested in becoming a Hollywood-level animator one day, it’s never too soon to start practicing. This course aims to give anyone a quick start into the world of 3D animation.
Eight hours of training. Time well spent, to become a master Maya animator.
Introduction to Animation in MayaIn these videos your instructor, Conan Sinclair covers the basics with Maya while teaching a bouncing ball project.
- Introduction to Maya
- Maya Tour (as it applies to animation)
- The Classic Bouncing Ball Tutorial
Turning a characterIn these videos Conan teaches how to make your character do a dramatic turn.
- Starting the animation
- Adding anticipation and follow through
- Smoothing it out
JumpingIn these videos, Conan teaches how to make your character do a realistic jump.
- Starting the Jump Animation
- Finessing the Jump Animation
- Final changes
Walk CyclesIn this section, Conan guides you through making a looping walk cycle for the character.
- Walk Cycles part 1
- Walk Cycles part 2
- Double Bounce Walk Cycle Part 1
- Double Bounce Walk Cycle Part 2