Maya Character Animation, 2nd Edition / Edition 2 available in Paperback
"The best character animation book available."
Ian Cairns, Editor, MAYA Association
This second edition of the popular Maya Character Animation is an in-depth, step-by-step guide to perfecting your modeling and animation skills. Abundantly illustrated tutorials teach you how to build life-like characters from the ground up, with detailed coverage of effective subdivision surface and polygon modeling techniques. You'll master the intricacies of rigid and smooth character binding, discover the art of convincing facial expressions, and conquer post-modeling challenges ranging from character setup to non-linear animation editing to mapping and rendering. Benefit from this edition's coverage of inverse and forward kinematics, 3D character animation for character modeling and character setup, and valuable info on rigging your characters.
Put your new skills to the test by completing a realistic project in which you plan, create, and refine your own short-piece animation. Throughout, you'll find hundreds of full-color images that demonstrate what you canand willaccomplish. You also get bonus coverage of Deep Paint 3D, the premier texture-painting program.
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About the Author
Jae-jin Choi is a Director at ARC Studio, Inc., Senior Vice President at the Maya Professional Academy, and a lecturer in the Gachon Multimedia Graduate School.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Character Modeling.
Chapter 1: Subdivision & Polygon Modeling.
Chapter 2: Polygon, Subdivision Surface Mapping.
Chapter 3: Subdivision Surface Character Modeling.
Chapter 4: NURBS Modeling.
Chapter 5: Facial Expression.
Chapter 6: Binding Character.
Chapter 7: Character Setup.
Chapter 8: Nonlinear Animation.
Chapter 9: Render Utility & Mapping Techniques.
Part 2: Maya and Beyond.
Chapter 10: Essential Features in Maya.
Chapter 11: Deep Paint 3D.
Part 3: Making an Animation with Maya.
Chapter 12: Modeling.
Chapter 13: Character Setting.
Chapter 14: Animating a Character Model.
Chapter 15: Rendering a Character Animation.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am new to using Maya and recently purchased Maya Unlimited 6.0. I picked this book up first to get a taste of Maya while waiting for my software to arrive. There were many helpful books that came with the software as well as some informative CD's. This book can be complicated, but don't give up on it. I have already learned so much out of it because it starts you out easy. Refering back to the included material is a must to understand some of the techniques in this book. I wouldn't recommend this for beginners such as myself, but for intermediate to pros I would.