Maya Modeling Tutorials

How To : Master 3D modeling in Maya by modeling a chair

Maya is the most powerful 3D modeling tool that most people are likely to have access to. This video will teach you some basic techniques for creating 3D models in the program by teaching you how to make a chair from scratch. It's not a very exciting chair, sure, but you have ...more

How To : Master Maya modeling by making a 3D airplane

Maya is arcane, complex, but incredibly powerful software. It is the industry standard for 3D modeling in games and film. This video for Maya beginners will teach you how to create a model of an airplane as a means of teaching you a lot of the basics of Maya. It is meant to be ...more

How To : Learn the Maya modeling basics by making a toy

Mastering the intricacies of 3D modeling in Maya can take a lifetime, or as close to a lifetime as anyone has had since Maya came out in. This video for Maya beginners will teach you the basics of modeling by walking you through modeling a toy rooster. The model doesn't look t ...more

How To : Use NURBS in Maya Modeling to Model a Chess Bishop

The bishop is widely regarded as the most powerful of chess pieces. This video by Andrew Klein will teach you how to make a 3D model of one using Maya. It is meant to help beginners learning the basics of Maya, and focuses on the use of NURBS as part of a 3D model. The previo ...more

How To : Set up image planes for modeling in Maya

This lesson shows you how to setup your viewports with reference for modeling in Maya. NOTE: This link is to a Flash version of the first 5 minutes of this 30 minute tutorial. A download link is provided on the veoh.com page for the full WMP tutorial.

How To : Model a 3D foot using Maya

Modeling the human body in any medium is tough. In Maya, the premiere 3D art software, some say that most difficult parts of the whole body to model are the feet and the ears. This seven-part video will help you model the former in great detail. Watch this video on how to mode ...more

How To : Model a human body in Maya

This tutorial series shows you how to model anatomy of the human body in Maya and gives specific tips on how to eventually be able to do it from memory. Part one starts with the head, part two the torso, part 3 the legs, part four the foot, part 5 the arm, part 6 attaching the ...more

How To : Master Maya's basics by 3D modeling a hand

If you've found this video, chances are that you are looking to improve your skills using Maya, the 3D modeling software. You've come to the right place. This video will teach you how to create a polygonal model of a hand, one of the most challenging and important parts of the ...more

How To : Model a dolphin in Maya

In this 3D modeling software series you will learn how to model organically with polygons in Maya. For this example, you will learn how to model a dolphin. PART 1: we go over the beginning steps of modeling a dolphin with polygons. We cover how to split the model in half from ...more

How To : Produce a 3D house/building model using Maya

Autodesk Maya, affectionately known as just Maya to its users, is a 3D computer graphics software that makes it easy to create impressive, realistic models of real-life - or imagined - objects. Super useful for graphic designers, film makers and web designers, the program is o ...more

How To : Model a human head using Maya

Maya can count itself among the most powerful and also most challenging programs in all of computing. It's 3D modeling potential is nearly limitless if you can master its intricacies. This video features a professional digital art teacher teaching you how to model a 3D head us ...more

How To : 3D model a suspension rig using Maya

Pretty much every efficient type of modern vehicle features some sort of suspension to cushion its landings and smooth its ride. This means that modeling a suspension accurately is an important part of creating 3D models of vehicles. This four-part video will teach you how to ...more

How To : Model a realistic house using Maya

Whether you're a Maya (AKA Autodesk Maya) beginner or seasoned veteran, modeling a realistic house using the 3D graphic design software is a great course on how to use your vectors and a variety of Maya tools. Whether you are an interior designer, architect or are just trying ...more

How To : 3D model a skeleton torso using Maya

The human skeleton may not be that artistically satisfying by itself, but a good realistic model of one is the basis of much of the most anatomically correct and natural-looking art. This three-part video will teach you how to 3D model a skeleton using Maya, starting with the ...more

How To : Model a human ear in Maya

In our opinion, human body parts are some of the hardest things an artist can draw. When it comes to parts like hands and ears, we generally settle for a basic, rudimentary rendering because achieving a realistic portrayal seems so hard. If you're looking for quality, though, ...more

How To : Model a knurl in Maya

A knurl refers to one of a series of small ridges or grooves on the surface or edge of a metal object, such as a thumbscrew, to aid in gripping. In this video tutorial you will learn to model a knurl in Maya. Model a knurl in Maya. Click through to watch this video on vtutoria ...more

How To : Create a 3D model of a knurl using Maya

For those who aren't familiar with them, knurls (can also be a verb: knurling) are the textured parts on the end of screws and other metal pieces that make them easier to grab. This video will teach you how to use Maya to create 3D models of knurls. You probably won't need too ...more

How To : 3D model a tire tread using Maya

Tire treads may not seem like a terribly important thing to model properly, but they are intricate and learning how to do it is a valuable experience. This video will walk you through creating a 3D model of a tire tread using Maya, specifically brutalizing a bend deformer.

How To : Model with NURBS in Autodesk Maya 2011

Looking for a general introduction to NURBS-based modeling? This clip will get you started. Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular modeling software or a seasoned 3D artist just looking to better acquaint yourself with the Maya 2011 workflow, you're sure to be well served by ...more

How To : Box model in Maya

This tutorial shows you how to edit primitives, also known as box modeling, to create objects in Maya. This video is geared towards younger students new to Maya.

How To : Model a human torso in Maya

A demonstration of how to model a human torso simply and effectively using image planes in Maya. This is a detailed tutorial but it will help if you are familiar with the Maya interface.

How To : Model an object using the CV Curve tool in Maya

3D modeling tool Mayafrom Autodesk is a monster of a program, able to do SO many things. One of the things you'll need to learn is how to use the CV Curve tool. This will allow you to create objects with curves of any shape or dimension you desire. Let's be honest, most of you ...more

How To : Model interiors using Maya

Maya is one of the most powerful 3D asset creation programs in the world. It is also fantastically difficult to use. This seven-part video will teach you how to model an interior environment using Maya. All this video covers is modeling, nothing on lighting or any of the other ...more

How To : 3D character model the female torso using Maya

The female torso is arguably the most popular thing to depict in the history of art. Go figure. This seven-part video will teach you how to create a 3D character model of a female torso using Maya. The creator uses a background image that we could not track down, but you can p ...more

How To : Model a basic candle in Maya

This software tutorial teaches you how to model a basic candle out of polygons in Maya. Polygonal modeling is the easiest to learn so follow along and watch how to model a used candle in Maya.

How To : Model a female head in Maya

This three part tutorial shows you how to model a female head correctly in Maya. This is a pretty difficult lesson so it will help if you know the software a bit already. NOTE: This link is to a Flash version of the first 5 minutes of this 2 hour tutorial. A download link is p ...more

How To : Model 3D heads using Maya

Maya is the most powerful and widely-used program in 3D graphics today. All of this power also means that it is likely the most complicated 3D modeling as well. This video features some basic tips for using Maya to create a 3D model of a human head. It doesn't have any instruc ...more

How To : Model the human hand in Maya

This tutorial shows you how to model a hand in Maya from a Photoshop image. NOTE: This link is to a Flash version of the first 5 minutes of this 2 hour tutorial. A download link is provided on the veoh.com page for the full WMP tutorial.

How To : Model a mech robot in Maya

Jason Welsh shows you how to model a mech robot in Maya. NOTE: This link is to a Flash version of the first 5 minutes of this 45 minute tutorial. A download link is provided on the veoh.com page for the full WMP tutorial.

How To : Model a biped creature in Maya

This tutorial shows you many of the different tools available in Maya for modeling a biped creature. NOTE: This link is to a Flash version of the first 5 minutes of this hour long tutorial. A download link is provided on the veoh.com page for the full WMP tutorial.

How To : Model a basic polygonal house in Maya

New to Maya (AKA Autodesk Maya)? Not to worry. This tutorial will save your day! Not only will you learn how to use all the basic tools in the graphic design software, but you will also create your first impressive 3D model - a house made from polygon shapes. This simple hous ...more

How To : Model uniform geometry in Maya

Make uniform geometry in maya that is easy to sculpt in Zbrush using a method I call "stick and ball". This is a very easy way to learn forms on creatures. NOTE: This link is to a Flash version of the first 5 minutes of this 60+ minute tutorial. A download link is provided on ...more

How To : Model realistic 3D eyeballs in Maya 7 or later

Interested in making some eyeballs? Here's a quick and easy way to make them using textures readily available on Highend 3d and a NURBS sphere. And this guide will show you how. Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular modeling software or a seasoned 3D artist just looking to ...more

How To : Model a Leaf in Maya

Start with a Polygon Plane Start by creating a Polygon Plane with 4 width and 5 height sections. Create the rough leaf shape Turn on "Reflection" in the Move Tool settings, hit 3 on the keyboard to smooth the plane and shape it into a rough leaf shape. The highlighted vert ...more

How To : Turn a 3D Model in Maya into a 3D Print

When turning your 3D model into a 3D print, Maya requires some extra editing before you end up with a printable piece: the wall thickness needs to be checked, the model needs to be watertight, and your final printing size needs to be defined. To make your life easier, Autodesk ...more

How To : Use the Soft Select feature in Autodesk Maya 2011

Want to know how to do proportional modeling when working in Maya 2011? This clip will you how to do just that using the program's Soft Select tool. Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular modeling software or a seasoned 3D artist just looking to better acquaint yourself with ...more

How To : Use the split polygon tool in Maya

This 3D modeling software tutorial shows you how to use the split polygon modeling tool in Maya. Learn how to use the split polygon tool to get full control over adding detail to your polygon object in Maya.

How To : Use Photoshop CS4 to overpaint 3D seams

Maya and Photoshop CS4 may be made by different companies, but that doesn't mean they can't work together. This video will teach you how to take a 3D model from Maya, import it into Photoshop, and then use Photoshop CS4's new 3D editing tools to overpaint the rough texture sea ...more

How To : Mirror geometry in Maya the new school way

So we got half a Maya model...now what? We mirror it over and merge the vertices, all with one command, to get us a solid object. We use the dolphin from our organic polygon modeling series, but the technique can be applied to any polygon model. Watch and learn how to mirror g ...more

How To : Create a 3D UV of shoelaces in Maya

Creating good UVs with Maya can be tough, and get tougher depending on what type of object you are trying to unwrap. This short video tutorial covers how to create accurate UVs for long objects like rope or, in this case, shoelaces. This is a simple technique, but one that sho ...more

How To : Drive a joint chain dynamically in 3D using Maya

This video from accredited Maya instructor Andrew Klein of the Art Institute of San Francisco will teach you how to use just one of the innumerable powerful features of Autodesk's Maya 3D modeling software. It covers how to use a spline IK and a dynamic hair curve to drive a j ...more

How To : Use LOD (level of detail) groups in Maya

This video, from accredited 3D art instructor Andrew Klein, will teach you how to use one of the many powerful features in Maya to manipulate you 3D models. Specifically, it will teach you how to use the LOD (level of detail) tool in order to control how much of your model loa ...more

How To : Texture a head using Photoshop CS4 and Maya

Photoshop CS4 and Maya do very different things, but can be combined very effectively to create photorealistic 3D images. This three-part video will teach you how to combine a photo and a 3D model of a head to create a 3D model with photrealistic textures overlaid on it. This ...more

How To : Use the bend deformer tool in Maya 7 or later

Learn how to use the bend deformer to make your models a little more dynamic without having to learn all that bothersome animation stuff! Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular modeling software or a seasoned 3D artist just looking to better acquaint yourself with applicatio ...more

How To : Use set driven keys in Maya 8.5

Check out this two-part Autodesk Maya 8.5 video tutorial on creating set driven keys. If you're and animator and your having trouble with your organic or unorganic animation, maybe this is your problem; it's a very powerful tool in 3D modeling in Maya. When ever you come into ...more

How To : Clean up geometry in Maya 8.5

If you're a master at Autodesk Maya 8.5, then great, but if you are feeling a bit rusty, maybe this review on cleaning up your geometry will help. This video tutorial will help your animated character come to life in Maya by doing a little geometry cleanup. So, for great 3D mo ...more

How To : Use ramp textures in Autodesk Maya 2011

In this tutorial, we learn how to work with ramp textures within Maya 2011. Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular modeling software or a seasoned 3D artist just looking to better acquaint yourself with the Maya 2011 workflow, you're sure to be well served by this video tuto ...more

How To : Use the mia_material material shader in Maya 2011

In this tutorial, we learn how to work with the mia_material shader tool in Maya 2011. Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular modeling software or a seasoned 3D artist just looking to better acquaint yourself with the Maya 2011 workflow, you're sure to be well served by this ...more

How To : Use render passes when working in Maya 2011

Learn how to use render passes in your Maya 2011 projects. Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular modeling software or a seasoned 3D artist just looking to better acquaint yourself with the Maya 2011 workflow, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. For more in ...more

How To : Use global illumination in Maya 2011

Learn how to create global illumination effects in Maya 2011. Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular modeling software or a seasoned 3D artist just looking to better acquaint yourself with the Maya 2011 workflow, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. For more ...more

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