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Giant Spider Modeling
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Modeling this scary monster spider you'll get some good practice in creating a complete organic character and learn some techniques that can be used to model any sort of insect in Maya. This tutorial presents a NURBS, polygon and sub d workflow and includes a lot of sculpting work with pushing and pulling vertices to get nicely shaped geometry and using the split polygon tool to get four sided faces and good edge flow in a model. The legs are joined to the body with booleans operations and this tutorial brings some extra focus on the problems that might occur sometimes during this process and how they can be fixed. You'll also learn how to clean up the geometry after using booleans and how to get your normals on a model facing in the same direction which is important for shading.

We'll create claws and a stinger for the spider and adjust the topology by inserting and sliding edges and vertices. Gradually we build up the segmented body and legs by sculpting out detail on a high resolution sub d mesh to get the complete spider model you can see above. In the
final three parts we also create a saddle and reigns using NURBS modeling techniques if you would want to place a rider on top of the spider.

This tutorial continues with a texturing project which can be found here.
  • Length: 7 Hours 50 Minutes
  • Level: Beginner
  • Software: Maya 7
  • Format: DiVX
  • Points Cost: 16
  • Price: $24.95
Tutorial Details
  • NURBS Primitives for Basic Shapes
  • Polygon & Sub D Modeling in Maya
  • Creating Segmented Geometry for Insects
  • Booleans
  • Sculpting Organic Features
  • Maintaining Quaded Geometry
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Giant Spider Modeling
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