Maya 8 cries out for a well-written, well-organized, hands-on, project-based tutorial. Fortunately, Maya's publishers (formerly Alias, now Autodesk) have created one. Introducing Maya 8: 3D for Beginners is simply the best low-cost way to become effective with Maya -- even if you've never touched a 3D or animation tool before.
Using practical projects and professional-quality examples, Dariush Derakhshani covers the entire process of building, rendering, and animating digital models and scenes for film, video, gaming, or other 3D design applications. Along the way, he introduces many of Maya 8's most significant enhancements -- notably, its improved polygon tools and new rendering engine.
Just load up the free Maya Learning Edition and project files on the accompanying CD-ROM, and get cracking. You'll be surprised how quickly you'll be ready to move from Derakhshani's projects to your own. Bill Camarda, from the December 2006 Read Only