Creating Concept Vehicles in Maya

Learn an artist-oriented workflow for concept development, polygon modeling, lighting, and rendering. Software required: Maya 2008 and up.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jul 18, 2008
Duration
6h 47m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jul 18, 2008
Duration
6h 47m
Description

Learn an artist-oriented workflow for concept development, polygon modeling, lighting, and rendering. This course provides nearly seven hours of project-based training on conceptual vehicle-modeling for use in film, games, and design. It's perfect for new and experienced artists. Popular highlights include: Conceptual Development; Solutions to Design Challenges; Polygon Modeling Techniques; Using Smooth Preview; Converting Smooth Preview to Polygons; Thumbnails to Complete Designs; Using 3D to Pre-visualize Models; Automotive Terminology and Design; Creating Creases with Edge Loops; Adding Realism with Detail; UV Mapping Techniques; Applying Chrome Surface Materials; Building Car Paint Materials; Creating Brushed Metal Effects; Using the Text tool; Rendering with Final Gather; Adding HDRI Lighting; Texture Creation in Photoshop; Creating Tiled Bump Map; Building Textures with UV Snapshots; Manipulating Edge Flow with Split Polygon Tool; Creating Fitted Panels; Adding Glowing Panels. Software required: Maya 2008 and up.

About the author
About the author

Justin thrives as a lead modeling author at Pluralsight. Growing up, Justin found a deep interest for the computer graphics industry after watching movies like Jurassic Park, Toy Story and The Abyss. His ambition would lead him to work at Sony Imageworks in Los Angeles on movies like Monster House and Surf's Up. Justin has also had numerous articles, tutorials and images published in 3D World and 3D Artist.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hi, and welcome to Creating Concept Vehicles in Maya, presented by Digital-Tutors and Autodesk Authorized Publisher. My name's Justin, and I'll be your instructor as we build a concept car from the ground up. Now whether they are featured in commercials, or feature films, video games, or as part of the automotive design process, vehicles are a mainstay of the computer graphics industry. Now while building an existing vehicle from detailed blueprints and reference can be a terrific modeling exercise, designing and modeling a vehicle that doesn't exist can give you a chance not only to use a variety of modeling techniques, but to stretch your imagination as well. And in addition to modeling we'll also explore the creation of believable shaders and textures that we can apply to our vehicle. So before we start building our car, we need to have some idea of what we want it to look like. Now drawing out very quick thumbnail sketches will help guide you towards your final design. As you're doing these loose drawings, try to think about what kind of vehicle that you want to create. If it's going to be a car as in this case, what kind of car? A luxury car, sports car, maybe an SUV or a little electric car, and what kind of look or attitude do you want it to have? Aggressive, functional, or maybe just a fun little car. We also need to think about functionality and grounding the car in reality, because the truth is, we're not designing a car to function in any way, but we do want it to look like it could function, that it could be a real car. Adding bits of detail to ground the car in reality will go a long way in making our concept car believable. So, let's go ahead and take a look at part of the thumbnail process that we went through on designing the vehicle for this particular training. And the first one that we're going to look at, this quick little drawing, you can see that it's a fairly conventional design, we've got four wheels, you know where the wheels on cars go, it's got a cab-forward design, so this large cockpit is up towards the front of the car, it gives it kind of a playful look, along with the smaller wheels that we've got going on here. It's kind of a futuristic look, it's fairly low to the ground, and, there are things to like about it I like some of the lines but, it's a little bit too playful for what we want to do, I think we want to go a little bit more aggressive. So the next one, is definitely more aggressive. It's still, sort of futuristic, it's got a little bit more of a dragster look and a little bit of a boxier design, got prominent scoops here on the back, and these really exaggerated wheels, back wheels there. I still like the way the cockpit is, I even like this a little bit more, it's kind of squeezed down, it's not so wide, gives it a little