Introduction to Maya 2017

Interface and Workflow with Eric Keller

Chapter List

Description

Maya is the leading 3D Application in the game, visual effects, commercial, and broadcast industries. Maya's feature-rich toolset expands with every version and has been reorganized in this latest release. Whether you are new to using a 3D Computer Graphics package, are migrating from another 3D application or you are an experienced user who wants to see the newest features in action, the demonstrations in each chapter of this title will bring you up to speed on Maya 2017. Veteran visual effects artist and instructor, Eric Keller, takes Maya through the paces giving you in-depth descriptions of the interface and tools. Special emphasis is placed on modeling, texturing, animation and rendering while the demonstrations illustrate how the tools are best used in a professional workflow. Maya 2017 introduces many new tools including robust sculpting tools, Maya workspaces, the Arnold rendering plug-in, MASH motion graphics tools, advanced render set up, redesigned graph editor, and enhanced non-linear animation editing tools, just to name a few. Eric Keller has created lessons designed to help you integrate these tools into your Maya pipeline. The project files included in this series can be used to follow along with the lectures or for your own deconstruction. In addition to exploring Maya's powerful toolset, you will also learn how to optimize your workflow through interface customization.


Duration: 1071 Minutes

Format: HD 1920x1080

Eric Keller

CG artist

Eric Keller has been working as a professional CG artist since 1998 creating animations and images for both the entertainment industry and for scientific visualization. Eric has written several top rated books on both ZBrush (Introducing ZBrush) and Maya (Mastering Maya 2009, 2011), numerous tutorials and articles for leading industry magazines such as 3D World, and 3D Artist, as well as created instructional videos for Pixologic's ZClassroom. He has authored 5 video series for the Gnomon Workshop on ZBrush and Maya, He teaches Introduction to Digital Sculpting and Introduction to Maya at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects and advanced ZBrush Workshops at the LA Figurative Art Academy. Eric has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He has also worked as a visual effects artist on commercials, television, games, and feature films. Recent work includes modeling and texturing at Bad Robot for "10 Cloverfield Lane" and "Star Trek: Beyond"

  • "Eric Keller is an Invertebrate lover, an animator, an author, ,artist, and the list goes on! His knowledge of all aspects of 3D and his love of the natural world has in my mind made him one of the go to guys in the industry. His passion is what makes him one of the best authors and teachers out there! Eric approaches his work seriously but with a sense of humor and a zest for knowledge. I am constantly surprised and inspired by Eric's ability to make any topic interesting and fun. His new tutorial will definitely be one I will watch over and over! "

    - Mark Dedecker
    Asset lead at Deluxe Entertainment

  • "Eric Keller is a Renaissance man. By combining his artists eye, his passion for natural science, and his skill as a teacher he has brought this fantastic tutorial to life! Eric easily shifts from exceptional sculpting, to finessing the intricacies of Vray and Maya, to explaining the nuances of the Arthropoda Insecta Hymenoptera. Its that kind of attention to detail that makes great artists freakin amazing. I am constantly in awe of Eric's breadth of knowledge and skill. We are all fortunate he has chosen to share some of that in this tutorial! "

    - Scott Spencer
    Weta Workshop NZ

  • "Eric Keller is a master ZBrush artist. Anyone who wants to know ZBrush in depth should buy this tutorial! For an in depth understanding ZBrush, look no further than Eric Keller's amazing works. I wish I could Crtl+C, Crtl+V what Eric Keller knows directly into my brain!"

    - Jared Krichevsky
    Creature Designer at The Aaron Sims Company