Maya Monday: Create Hair and Fur with Maya, XGen, and More… Plus Freebies
This is a roundup of resources about creating hair and fur with Maya. We’re focusing on XGen but there are resources here for working with V-Ray Next for Maya and Corona Renderer in Maya. Plus, where to download the Maya hair plugin Shave and a Haircut for free.
Maya XGen to Create Hair
According to Autodesk, “XGen is an instancing tool most commonly used for creating hair or populating a scene with instanced geometry.”
With XGen, which is GPU accelerated, users can
- easily generate hair
- groom hair with interactive brushes
- animate hair manually
Below are some resources at the Maya Autodesk Help:
- XGen Learning Paths
- XGen interactive grooming modifiers
- Interactive grooming Displacement modifier attributes
Finding your Feet with XGen – XGen for beginners
Danny Mac 3D shows you some basics for XGen.
XGen Maya Hair Tutorial – Louise by Eisko
You can download the virtual Louse model for free from Eisko. It is compatible with Maya, Unreal and Unity.
Maya Xgen Hair Cards for Game Character Tutorial
Victory3D talks about Hair Cards.
Create Hair with V-Ray and Corona Renderer in Maya
Amazing Manes, Bedazzling Beards And Photorealistic Fur With V-Ray Next For Maya.
CG artist Andrew “Charly Tutors” Krivulya “shares his tricks for luscious CG locks — and reveals how Chaos Cloud has boosted his workflow.” The examples are useful, as well.
He was also interviewed about his work using Corona Renderer, and it’s hair shader, again, with lots of nice examples.
Get Shave and a Haircut 9.6 for Free
Epic Games acquired Shave and a Haircut from Joe Alter not too long ago.
- Maya 2017 and 2018
- Windows 8.1+, Linux, macOS 10.10.5 and 10.11
More Maya Articles on Creating Hair and XGen
Maya XGen and Interactive Grooming Tutorial Roundup
Maya 2017 Update 3 brought the interactive grooming tools and they’re really powerful! With XGen, you can create natural-looking hair and animal fur. Here are some overviews and examples of what XGen Interactive grooming can do.
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