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gazzamataz 12-11-2002 09:32 AM

Learning Maya: Character Animation & Rigging
Hi Gang

I have been reading my Learning Maya: Character Animation & Rigging Book whilst stuck in traffic going to work and it has been very enlightening. I am nearly half way through and although I haven't applied the knowledge yet (too busy on my project) it is written in a way that makes it easy to absorb and understand.

Yes, it can seem complicated to the complete novice but if you have some knowledge of rigging and animation it helps. I found Maya quite complicated to start with but with the right learning materials and persistence it starts to sink in and make sense and become easy to become at one with!

So! I would recommend the book to someone wanting to learn the techniques, I like the MEL expressions bit - powerful, but for the seasoned rigger who wants advanced techniques get the book from Sybex 'Maya Character Animation' out in December - it looks good!

Well, that's my little book review, one other thing I would say is that this book is a bit pricey at 60 or so although you can get it from Graphics Domain a bit cheaper. I would give it 8 out of 10.


Kevin 12-11-2002 09:39 AM

nice review gazz...

thanks for that, sounds a good book

gazzamataz 12-11-2002 10:07 AM

Thanks Kev

I will give a review on the 'Maya Character Animation' when it is released in December, bit cheaper at 47.99 but it is full colour and I have a funny feeling it will be a '10'.

In the meantime I am thinking about converting my existing characters to Maya and start producing character animation!

Kevin 12-11-2002 10:09 AM


Originally posted by gazzamataz
bit cheaper at 47.99

Kurt 12-11-2002 02:50 PM

I have the Character Animation & Rigging Book, have it beside me when ever I make a new skeleton=). It goes through everything you need to get a good skelly.


Ian 12-11-2002 06:22 PM

Kevin, are you going to be selling this book in the shop, is so have you any idea of the cost??

gazzamataz 13-11-2002 09:24 AM

A Simply Maya Bookshop!!! Now that sounds interesting... What other goodies have you got in mind for the shop?

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