3D Animation for the Raw Beginner Using Autodesk Maya

 



3D Animation for the Raw Beginner using Autodesk Maya is a practical academic textbook as well as a training manual for the individual animator. This second edition has been completely rewritten to take into account updates to Autodesk Maya, including the Autodesk renderer, Arnold. It contains entirely new examples and tutorial lessons. All 612 images are in full color. The book directs the reader to the parts of Maya that must be mastered to create complete 3D projects, and thus simplifies the process of taking on Maya's vast and intricate interface, while giving the reader a firm foundation on which to build future Maya knowledge. It also presents brief examples of other popular 3D applications and rendering engines. This book is principled, but pragmatic:

Introduces the basic steps of 3D modeling, materials, animation, lighting, and rendering processes.
It presents clear and concise tutorials that link key concepts with practical techniques.

Includes access to a website for the book: 

https://buzzking.com/AnimationTextbook/AnimationTextbook.html. On this website there are videos that cover many of the lessons in the book, as well as video tutorials that present extra material not included in the book.
It frees instructors from the painstaking task of developing step-by-step examples to present the complex interface and basic capabilities of Maya.
It presents an easy-to-follow, tutorial-based learning style, ideal for individual study by aspiring animators and do-it-yourselfers.

Roger "Buzz" King is Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he teaches 3D animation for the Department of Computer Science and the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS), an institute dedicated to the application of technology to the arts. Buzz is a freelance 3D animator on the board of directors of a 3D animation company. Buzz holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Occidental College, a master's and doctoral degree in computer science from the University of Southern California, and a master's degree in division from the Iliff School of Theology.

 

Key features

Introduces critical aspects of the 3D animation process
Presents clear and concise tutorials that link key concepts to practical techniques
Includes access to a dedicated website, http://3dbybuzz.com, with helpful videos, lessons and updates
It frees instructors from developing step-by-step examples to present the complex interface of Maya and
It presents an easy to follow learning style, ideal for individual study for aspiring entertainers and fans.



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