Introduction to Maya - Modeling Fundamentals Vol 2
This course will look in the fundamentals of modeling in Maya with an emphasis on creating good topology. It's aimed at people that have some modeling experience in Maya but are having trouble with complex objects.
# 1 20-10-2002, 08:44 PM
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Creature walk test

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# 2 20-10-2002, 10:22 PM
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Thats really really nice! great weight and character (though for something so scary looking I'd imagine him to look a lot less unsure about himself) but i guess its just a test. What plans have you got for him? any story or just somthing to practise animating with?

# 3 21-10-2002, 03:42 AM
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yeah man. right on. i like the jiggle effect in the left toe as it slames into the floor. wow. very sweet.

# 4 21-10-2002, 07:31 AM
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Very nice. Maybe his back looks a bit too stiff. Or maybe that was the intention?


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# 5 21-10-2002, 03:24 PM
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Mime flip

Just another motion test.

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not bad.. not sure if the camera movement is helping. also when he lands his body is a little stiff. perhaps move the bodys pivot point a little further back and lower down when he's about to land - doesnt seem weighty enough, though its a bloody hard thing to animate and get looking good anyway.

# 7 22-10-2002, 12:47 AM
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little more weight in the landing.

# 8 22-10-2002, 04:24 AM
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You seem to have some sort of funky lookin twisting happening around the ankle of the right foot when he lands, but I'm just nit-picking. I think it looks good so far.

# 9 22-10-2002, 07:22 AM
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Looking very realistic. I especially like the mime-jump avi Very good dynamics...

Hope you make a "How did I do it"

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# 10 22-10-2002, 03:37 PM
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Kitoc, theres no dynamics, its all key framed even the hat. All forward kinamatics on the Mime. The beast is a combo. Root and up is forward kinamatics, and legs are inverse.

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# 11 22-10-2002, 03:45 PM
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I like the mime jump except one thing. The anticipation of the jump looks a bit like someone is pulling him with wires or something . No offence...meesa likey


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# 12 22-10-2002, 09:14 PM
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Hehe. Ok I used a wrong word (dynamic). What I meant was it looks very realistic

Are you using rigid body with flexors?

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# 13 22-10-2002, 10:34 PM
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Kitoc, yeah that mime charcter is a Sub-d and was a rigid bind.=) still can play with the weights on CV. I mainly us him for motion tests and messing around.


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# 14 07-11-2002, 08:30 AM
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The flipping mime is good!

My only two suggestions would be:

1. Currently his 'preparation arms swing' goes further back than when he actually jumps, whereas I would have thought it would be the other way around.

2. I think he needs to arch his back a lot more, he seems to bend slightly but mostly looks really straight and tall during the flip.

# 15 07-11-2002, 09:27 AM
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Good start ...

It's not looking too bad ... but it gives me the feeling the creature may be walking through treacle or, maybe a river and going up stream. If this is your intention then you've nearly achieved it.
Nice one. Check this out on my site, I did it last year as an experiment, it's a similar sized creature, I'm not suggesting this is perfect of even better, just thought you guys might like to see it ... also feel free to crit ... as long as it's constructive ...

http://www.thegraphicsengine.com/animations/bernard.avi

there are other anims onm my site

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Cheers chaps. :p

BTW it's DiVx ...

 
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