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Quick Start to Modeling in Maya: Volume 4

by Justin Marshall

In this volume of the Quick Start to Modeling in Maya, we'll build on the concepts covered in previous volumes. Software required: Maya 2014.

What you'll learn

In this volume of the Quick Start to Modeling in Maya, we'll build on the concepts covered in previous volumes. We'll start by blocking in the shells for our robotic drone asset and shaping it to our liking. We'll then use polygon modeling tools to create separate, fitted panels and mechanical detail. We'll build up our model methodically, adding structural pieces that make sense and make the model visually interesting. We'll combine polygon and NURBS geometry to create different pieces, and deformers will help us shape parts of the drone. We'll talk about working efficiently as we model, only building what we need and then duplicating the results. In the end we'll have a robotic drone and you'll be ready to take your knowledge into the next volume. These courses are designed to be taken in sequence so we really encourage you to start with Volume 1-3 before continuing with this section. We also encourage you to take advantage of the assignments that follow each volume. These assignments will allow you to take what you've learned and apply those tools and techniques to your own projects. Software required: Maya 2014.

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. As an author, Justin enjoys collaborating with fellow authors, especially on project... more

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