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10 Ways to Improve Your Modeling in Maya

by Justin Marshall

Many students starting out in modeling have difficulty in creating the specific vision they have. In many cases, it's not necessarily a lack of knowledge of the tools as much as it is a lack of confidence and experience. Software required: Maya 2011.

What you'll learn

Many students starting out in modeling have difficulty in creating the specific vision they have. In many cases, it's not necessarily a lack of knowledge of the tools as much as it is a lack of confidence and experience. So, to give you a head start on your modeling, we've put together a number of tips collected from production and from teaching students that will help you build the best models you can with minimal frustration. In this series of Maya modeling tutorials, we'll talk about breaking down our modeling projects into manageable chunks. Then we'll cover methods for staying aware of as much information as possible about our geometry while we work. We'll cover specific techniques for adding circular resolution to square objects and go over setting up image planes. This course is meant for students that have some modeling experience and are familiar with some modeling tools but would like a few tips for creating a smoother workflow and getting better results. Software required: Maya 2011.

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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