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Character Animation with Maya

Learn tons of basic animations concepts. Great no matter what software you use!

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About Maya

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.

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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,

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.

Maya Character Animation Video Tutorials

Eight hours of training. Time well spent, to become a master Maya animator.

Maya Character Animation Video Tutorials

Introduction to Animation in Maya

In 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
  • Balance

Turning a character

In these videos Conan teaches how to make your character do a dramatic turn.

  • Starting the animation
  • Adding anticipation and follow through
  • Smoothing it out

Maya Character Animation Video Tutorials


In these videos, Conan teaches how to make your character do a realistic jump.

  • Starting the Jump Animation
  • Finessing the Jump Animation
  • Final changes

Maya Character Animation Video Tutorials

Walk Cycles

In 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

Rendering and Texturing

In this final video, you’ll learn how to render and texture the character inside of a simple environment.

Watch the introduction to the course…

Maya Character Animation Video Tutorials

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