An Essential Introduction to Maya Character Rigging [NOOK Book]

Overview

Discover the concepts and techniques required to rig engaging CG character models with Maya in this unique book and DVD package. The stunning color images show just what you can achieve, and the detailed step-by-step tutorials show exactly how to achieve them.

Every technique and tip is backed up with practical tutorials, using the models, student work and tutorial assets on the companion DVD to offer a crash course in this vital skill. With ...

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An Essential Introduction to Maya Character Rigging

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Overview

Discover the concepts and techniques required to rig engaging CG character models with Maya in this unique book and DVD package. The stunning color images show just what you can achieve, and the detailed step-by-step tutorials show exactly how to achieve them.

Every technique and tip is backed up with practical tutorials, using the models, student work and tutorial assets on the companion DVD to offer a crash course in this vital skill. With Cheryl Cabrera you’ll learn about:

Designing your first Biped Character; Creating your first Biped Character - Modeling Basics, Biped Character Facial Expressions, Texturing Basics; Skeleton setup for a Biped Character Joint Placement; Control Rig setup for a Biped Character - IK and FK; Wrapping up the setup; Skinning your Character

• Use simple NURBS and polygon modeling in Maya for greater flexibility in your workflow
• Create control rig setups for a biped character - both IK and FK
• Put your new skills to work with the models and tutorial assets on the free DVD!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136140051
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/20/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 408
  • File size: 18 MB
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Table of Contents

Introduction; Designing your first Biped Character; Creating your first Biped Character - Modeling Basics; Creating your first Biped Character - Facial Expressions; Creating your first Biped Character - Texturing Basics; Skeleton setup for a Biped Character - Joint Placement; Control Rig setup for a Biped Character - IK and FK; Wrapping up the setup; Skinning your Character; Quadruped Characters; Appendix - Workflow Checklist, Rigging Checklist, Trouble Shooting Common Problems

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2008

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    I am a student @ SCAD, the college where the author teaches rigging. I was one of the guinea pigs that she tested the material on and I have to tell you that her tutorials are clear and concise. Her Step by Step method helps you to learn the intricacies of animation's most hated subject and makes sure that you understand not only the basic steps that are taken, but also how they work. I have found no material on rigging as thorough and well-done as hers and have continually fallen back on her writings as a reference when things in the rigging world get sticky. I don't think you can go wrong purchasing this book.

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