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Texturing Animal Eyes in Maya

by Justin Marshall

Eyes are very important parts of any character, even an animal. Software required: Maya 2013.

What you'll learn

Eyes are very important parts of any character, even an animal. And all animals have different types of eyes based on how they hunt, where they live, and other factors. In order to create more realistic cg animals, it's important to give the animals relatively realistic eye textures based on what type of animal they are. In this Maya tutorial, we will talk about some of the various eye types and the ways in which they differ from one another. We'll talk about pupil shape, the iris shape, and the iris color. We'll learn several ways of quickly recreating some of the looks we see in nature with a combination of texture maps and procedural nodes. From lions and eagles, to house cats and frogs, we'll cover a variety of animals and looks. In the end, you'll have a much better idea of the types of eyes you may need to create when building your animals, and you'll be familiar with multiple ways of accomplishing that work in Maya. Software required: Maya 2013.

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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