- Game Development
About this Course
If you are already familiar with Maya’s interface and basic modeling tools, and are interested in diving deeper into 3D modeling workflow, this is a great course for you. In this class, you will be creating a fairly detailed 3D prop, and exploring many of Maya’s more advanced modeling tools. You will begin by working with curve and surface creation tools, which can offer some excellent advantages over polygon tools for many hard surface modeling challenges. Next, you will convert all of our surfaces to geometry that is compatible with game engines, and make some additional modifications using a few of Maya’s intermediate polygon and deformer tools. Then, you will take advantage of Maya’s advanced duplication tools in order to precisely position and distribute shapes that are repeated multiple times within our prop. And even explore Maya’s basic animation toolset to add some movement to our finished asset. By the time you finish this course, you will have a solid understanding of Maya’s hard surface modeling features, and will be able to use these tools to develop your own game assets.
What you'll learn
- Curves and Surfaces
- Polygon and Deformation Tool
- Maya’s Animation Tools
Jason Baskin is a Portland, Oregon-based traditional and CG artist/educator. He has been creating artwork and animation for print, broadcast, and game projects since 1991, producing character designs, 3D models, rigs, scripts, and animations for clients such as LAIKA, SEGA, Disney Interactive, Intel, and Nike. In 2013, Jason completed work on a full character rigging pipeline for SEGA’s Alien: Isolation console game. He also created illustrations for his first chapter book, Ordinary Dogs, Extraordinary Friendships (Graphic Arts Press, 2013).
For the past nine years, Jason has served as a full-time Instructor at the Art Institute of Portland, teaching 3D Animation, Character Setup, Modeling, and Scripting courses. He has also created original online course content for the Virtual Training Company, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and Lynda.com. Jason earned his MFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014.
When he isn’t working on a project or teaching, Jason stays busy with figurative and plein air oil painting, playing music, and spending time with his family.
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