Over the break I followed a tutorial from a youtube called Mikes Hermes, he was very good going through how exactly to use the lighting system in Maya and I followed along as I had no clue how to go about it. Hermes also went into texturing using arnold’s ‘ai-standard’ material option. His tutorials are precise and steady paced, thus making them very easy to understand and follow. Below is an example of a simple robot lit with two simple area lights on either side. I used a cool light and a warm light to create contrast. I’m happy with the outcome, it’s amazing how you can get something to look like a physical object.
I’m hoping soon I will create something a bit more interesting with character, intricate details and good colours. But I need a lot more practise before that happens!
I have been following a tutorial of how to model an acurate proportional human male. Some screen shots are below. It’s still a work in progress.
Here is the video I have been following below, I don’t think its intended for a beginner but its not too hard to follow.
Our first assignment in Maya was to create a piece of furniture, so I decided to try this strange looking cabinet with two taller dispay units on each end. Im not too happy with the outcome, especially when coloured. I would like to learn how to texture and colour objects more realistically, something to work on in my spare time. Overall I guess it isn’t too bad for a first attempt, maybe a safe option though as it lacks complicated shapes.
Simple Bird Bath Model
After working on the cabinet furniture I gave a go at a rounded shape. Again I am really not pleased with how this turned out. Once I progress and learn more in Maya I aim to model detailed objects which have a sense of purpose. But for now this is just a bird bath, with neither birds nor water, standing in cyber space. 🙂 Note to self – in future use reference.
I have uploaded my first tries at animating bouncing balls. I learnt a lot from these excercises, mainly how much i love the graph editor. 😛 I will definitely use what I’ve learnt here in future animations, that will hopefully be more compelling.
Bowling ball test – Maya
Bouncy rubber ball test – Maya
Bouncy rubber ball with wall test – Maya
Tennis ball test – Maya