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Maya Facial Rigging Fundamentals

by Carla Heinzel

Learn how to create a flexible and contained facial animation rig that allows animators to create meaningful facial poses.

What you'll learn

Facial rigging is an essential skill for any aspiring 3d artist, and the ability to create a flexible and contained rig helps animators further down the pipeline.

In this course, Maya Facial Rigging Fundamentals, you’ll learn an efficient facial rigging process from start to finish.

First, you'll assess what the animator needs to have, which is a facial rig that is flexible and still restricted to only create meaningful facial-poses.
Next, you'll learn how to get there, starting with the eyebrows, using joints on one side and blend shapes on the other, learning about the pros and cons of both methods.

Moving forward, you'll use a combination of both those techniques for special facial-rigging features such as fleshy eyes, as well as look at controls for the eyeballs. Finally, all those mechanics will be bound to the user controls shown at the beginning.

By the end of this course, you'll have the skills you need to rig the face of your own characters.

Software required: Maya.

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About the author

Carla Heinzel is a professor of technical art at the German University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, where she teaches 3D art for games and animated movies. She began her career studying animation at a German film academy and later worked for movies, such as 2012, The Immortals, and Cloud Atlas. Being a 3D artist she has experience in almost every department of a 3D production, from modeling to simulation, but her focus was always character rigging. After some years working for the film industr... more

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