26-07-2016 Best beginner rigs for Maya

Best beginner rigs for Maya

Flour Sack Rig

By: Joe Daniels

The classic flour sac is free for non-commercial use and has a wide range of flexibility. Many of the rig controls can be translated and scaled non-uniformly to achieve extra control.

Juice Box Rig

By: Joe Daniels

Great rig to work through early animation exercises. It has an FK setup for the spine that can be moved to push the pose. The mid back control has the squash and stretch attribute, and the base control has rock forward/backward sliders.

Flying Fox Rig

By: John David Marte

The flying fox rig is very simple, so great to start out with in animation. Mastering the tail animation will help you understand the principles of weight and gravity.

Ultimate Ball Rig

By: Ugur Ulvi Yetiskin

The ultimate ball is a scalable bouncing ball rig for Maya with squash and stretch controls. It has eleven different kinds of ball types, and is perfect for practicing the classic bouncing ball animation exercise.

Ultimate Walker Rig

By: Ugur Ulvi Yetiskin

A great Maya rig for animating basic body mechanics. The body has squash and stretch, and the foot has knee pivot on/off, toe roll, leg twist, heel twist and toe twist controls. Excellent for animating walk cycles in Maya.

Ultimate Bony Rig

By: Ugur Ulvi Yetiskin

A great rig for practicing body mechanics. It has full squash and stretch for the body and the body parts and controls are layered for easy animating.

Simple Bot for Maya

By: Alex Puente

A really appealing character, the simple bot rig for Maya can be used to practice walk animations or make shots for your demoreel.

Student starter kit

By: Long Winter Studios

The student starter kit is free and comes with a collection of basic rigs that will help you learn animation. Long Winter Studios also have a collection of great character rigs on their site, that can be accessesed for $10/month.

Squirrels and Stewart

By: Animation Mentor

These two rigs from Animation Mentor are great for getting started with animation. Squirrels has a flexible tail for overlapping action and comes with a set of tutorials that show you how to create a basic jump animation in Maya.

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