Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Dec 1, 2011
Duration
3h 22m
Description

In this Maya tutorial, you will be equipped with the knowledge you need to incorporate Maya Muscle into your own rigging pipeline. Over the series of tutorials, we will use Maya's very robust and intuitive muscle system improve the overall realism of an animated character. We will start with an animated rig that has some major deformation problems that will need to be addressed. From there, we will start to strategically build an efficient muscle rig that will preserve volume in critical areas that are prone to collapse, like the shoulders and forearms. We'll learn how to customize Maya muscle shapes and follow-through effects to create the illusion of weight and realism! We'll also cover integrating blend shapes with Maya Muscle and file referencing to work smarter, not harder. By the end of this tutorial, you will be equipped with the knowledge you need to incorporate Maya Muscle into your own rigging pipeline. Software required: Autodesk Maya 2012.

About the author
About the author

Delano works avidly as an animation author at Pluralsight. Starting his career at animation studios like Shilo, Delano has developed a strong passion for his talents. His animation and rigging background help him teach and create some of the most-watched training on Pluralsight.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello, and welcome to enhancing rigs with Maya Muscle. My name is Delano, and I will be guiding you through a rigging workflow when which Maya Muscle will be used to refine and polish deformations. Building robust muscle rigs that can withstand the pressures of complex animation is a very challenging task. Now, the great news is that Maya has a very powerful and intuitive muscle system built in that can be implemented to improve the overall realism of our character deformations. In this course, we start with an animated rig that has some major deformation problems that will need to be addressed. From there, we'll start to strategically build an efficient, muscle system that will preserve volume in critical areas that are prone to collapse, like the shoulders and forearms. We'll learn how to customize Maya Muscle shapes and follow-through effects to create the illusion of weight and realism. And, we'll cover how to integrate blend shapes with Maya Muscle while referencing our rig file to work smarter and not harder. By the end of this tutorial, you'll be equipped with the knowledge you need to incorporate Maya Muscle in your own rigging pipeline. But, enough said. Let's get started.