Originally posted on 30 April 2022. Now updated with details of Volume 2.
The Gnomon Workshop has begun releasing Introduction to Maya 2022, a new three-part series of beginner’s guides to Maya, recorded by industry veteran Eric Keller.
Volume 1 provids a comprehensive tour of the Maya interface, covering the different editors needed when building 3D models and scenes, and comprises just under three hours of video training.
Volume 2 covers modelling and animation, introducing the key tools required to build and animate models inside Maya, and comprises over four hours of video.
The upcoming Volume 3 will cover lighting, shading, and how to prepare assets for use in a game engine like Unreal Engine.
Volume 1: an introduction to Maya’s interface and node-based workflow
Maya is one of the key applications in the digital production market, used widely in game development and in visual effects and animation for movies, TV series and commercials.
Eric Keller’s latest series of tutorials covers everything you need to know to get started using Maya, beginning with the software’s interface, and an introduction to node-based workflows.
Keller walks through the creation of a Maya scene, revelaing how the relationships between the nodes used to create it define the shapes of objects, their shading, animation and the lights and cameras in the scene.
As well as the tutorial videos themselves, viewers can download project files to help follow the workshop.
Volume 2: discover Maya’s key 3D modelling and animation tools
Volume 2 introduces the key tools needed to create and animate 3D assets inside Maya, including the UV toolkit, Graph Editor, deformers, animation visualisation tools and animation layers.
A bonus chapter introduces the new tools introduced in Maya 2023 earlier this year.
Again, project files are available to download alongside the videos themselves.
About the artist
Eric Keller has been working as a CG artist since 1998. His credits include work on 10 Cloverfield Lane and Star Trek Beyond, and models for the title sequences of Aquaman and Swamp Thing.
Pricing and availability
Introduction to Maya 2022: Volume 1 and 2 are available via a subscription to The Gnomon Workshop, providing access to over 300 tutorials. Subscriptions cost $49/month or $490/year. Free trials are available.
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