How do you make human characters look really human? Step into the studio with veteran animator Todd Palamar and learn how to use Autodesk Maya 2012's sophisticated tools to create amazingly realistic characters for film, games, and television. As you work on a series of projects, you'll learn body and facial rigging and how to do hair, skin, muscles, lighting, motion-capture, and much more. An Autodesk Official Training Guide, this book offers you the very best, professional-level training for a career.
Create a character named Jack, starting with his skeleton
Build facial rigging that allows Jack to talk and show emotion
Understand hair in all its glorybangs, bowl cuts, wet hair, thinning hair, growing hair, and more
Master fur tools and create eyebrows, eyelashes, and Jack's beard
Add blood, sweat, tears, and more with textures and nParticles
Outfit your character in field pants, safari shirt, and a bomber jacket
Bring Jack to vivid life with Performance Capture, made famous in Avatar
Simulate hair, fur, clothing, and skin
Create your own motion-capture studio
Simulate muscle motion using motion capture
VALUABLE COMPANION DVD
Enhance your learning with real-world videos on the DVD. The DVD also provides support files, textures, tools, professional shaders, and more.