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Maya Monday: Modeling Tricks

Maya Monday: Modeling Tricks

I come from a motion graphics background however, the thing I find to be the most fun in 3D programs is modeling.

Modeling workflow in Maya 2018

If you're not a 3D artist and want to know more about what goes into modeling, start here. Autodesk quickly shows:

  • sculpting
  • quad draw
  • bridge with symmetry
  • curve warp deformer
  • circuliarize tool
  • mash
  • auto seams / unfold
  • symmetrize UVs
  • snap
  • toggling on and off checker map
  • cut and sew
  • soft selection
  • look dev
  • light editor
  • isolate selected
  • render setup

How to create complex objects in Maya 2018 fast !

Mike Hermes shows you how to create a complex object in minutes.

How to model and texture a soccer ball in maya 2017

If you're new and have never modeled anything, download a free trial of Maya or Maya Lt and start here!

More on modeling in Maya

This is an important topic so we have touched on it before.

Maya Monday: 5 Modeling Tutorials for Beginners – Model a baseball with stitching, model a hand, create a temple, model a vase, and learn to cut smooth holes.

Maya Monday: Learning to Model in Maya –  Check out this fantastic 2 part tutorial about creating a low-poly lighthouse and it is a wonderful introduction to the Modeling Toolkit in Maya. If you’re just learning Maya, definitely check this one out!

Don't want to model? Buy some pre-made models

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Don't need horses? Check out all of the models from NoneCG.

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki