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Building Walk Cycles in Maya 2017

by Eric Kunzendorf

Discover the creation and mirroring of the four basic walk poses and shows several different and unique techniques for refining and expanding the cycle into keyframed animation. Software required: Autodesk Maya 2017.

What you'll learn

Have you ever needed a walk cycle for your animation in Maya? If so then this course is for you. In this course, Building Walk Cycles in Maya 2017, you'll cover walk cycle creation from gathering references to final translation of cycled animation into forward motion. First, you'll begin by learning good sources of reference material and how to create and mirror the four basic poses of a walk. Next, you'll then jump in and learn varying poses and timing to give your walk cycles different flavors. Then, you'll discover how to refine those poses and timings using the graph editor. Finally, you'll explore time-saving baking techniques for converting cycled animation to keyframed movement. By the end of this course, you'll have learned a set of fairly sophisticated techniques for creating walks that you can apply to your own characters, animations, and productions. Software required: Autodesk Maya 2017.

About the author

Eric Kunzendorf has been teaching computer graphics and animation at the college level for the last two decades at such varied institutions as Jacksonville University, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the Atlanta College of Art, and the School of Visual Arts’ Savannah campus. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Art history from Columbia University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia. Eric has contributed to several works including "Mastering Maya 8.... more

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