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Low Poly Character Study - Tribal Warrior
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In this tutorial we model and texture a low poly character with a set poly limit of 3500 triangles. It's a good project for beginners who are new to organic modeling in Maya.

We start off by blocking out shapes with NURBS for the low resolution base mesh before converting to polygons and adding detail.

Extra geometry is added in the joint areas to make the character suitable for rigging, and when we have our final model complete we adjust topology and reduce the poly count to stay within our limit before triangulating the mesh.

We then lay out UV's and cover some useful techniques for how to deal with tricky areas in the geometry like the pointy ears on this character and how to prevent distortion and stretching of our textures.

  • Low Poly Modeling in Maya
  • Booleans
  • Organic Sculpting
  • Character UV Layout
  • Texture Painting & Photoshop Tools
  • 3D Paint Tool

The final UV map is brought into Photoshop for texture painting of the kilt and skin and we add little details like freckles. We also work with Maya's 3D paint tool to finalize our low poly character.
  • Length: 5 Hours 13 Minutes
  • Level: Beginner
  • Software: Maya 8.5, Photoshop
  • Format: DiVX
  • Points Cost: 11
  • Price: $19.95
Lesson Breakdown
  • Lesson 1: Image Planes & Head Blocking
  • Lesson 2: Body & Boots Blocking
  • Lesson 3: Hand Blocking & Connecting Parts
  • Lesson 4: Face & Ear Blocking
  • Lesson 5: Skirt Blocking & Shaping
  • Lesson 6: Head UV Layout
  • Lesson 7: Body UV Layout
  • Lesson 8: 3D Paint Tool & Skin Textures
  • Lesson 9: Refining Skin Textures
  • Lesson 10: Hair & Eye Textures
  • Lesson 11: Skirt Textures
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