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Automotive Modeling in Maya
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Released Sep 2, 2013
  • Maya
    Maya 2014
  • 6h 24m
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  • Project Files Included
Justin Marshall

Pluralsight

Justin Marshall
Computer generated cars are a staple of film and commercial projects. Whether the parts all fly together before our eyes in a commercial meant to show off superior engineering, or the car is tossed around by gigantic creatures in a feature film, there is a need to create 3D automotive models.

The different parts of a car present specific challenges but also provide certain advantages. The workflow for creating a car can vary, from using NURBS curves and surfaces to box modeling. In this tutorial we'll use an edge modeling method to begin building our Audi R8.

Once we're happy with the shape, we can cut the panels apart and add thickness. We'll cover methods for maintaining hard edges and smooth contours. We'll cover the common polygon modeling tools as well as some new tools in the Modeling Toolkit that will make certain tasks much easier.

It's a big project, but we'll go step by step so that by the end, you'll have created a 3D car from scratch and you'll have the knowledge you need to build your own vehicle.

“Audi”, “R8” and the four rings logo are registered trademarks of AUDI AG.



Find more great tips and a helpful guide with a resource on 10 Tips for Automotive Modeling
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Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:24
Setting up reference images
2

Setting up reference images

 
08:42
Drawing out the wheel arch
3

Drawing out the wheel arch

 
09:43
Connecting wheel arches to create the side
4

Connecting wheel arches to create the side

 
08:27
Extruding up the side of the car
5

Extruding up the side of the car

 
11:25
Drawing out the side panels
6

Drawing out the side panels

 
06:19
Extruding in the door scoop
7

Extruding in the door scoop

 
06:21
Bridging across the A pillar
8

Bridging across the A pillar

 
07:38
Extruding across the top of the car
9

Extruding across the top of the car

 
05:16
Building out the front of the car
10

Building out the front of the car

 
07:55
Extruding the hood
11

Extruding the hood

 
08:47
Separating the side panels
12

Separating the side panels

 
12:27
Building the front bumper
13

Building the front bumper

 
08:25
Beginning the rear end
14

Beginning the rear end

 
11:02
Detailing the rear end
15

Detailing the rear end

 
07:10
Detailing the tail light area
16

Detailing the tail light area

 
10:03
Adding detail to the trunk
17

Adding detail to the trunk

 
09:28
Modeling underneath the rear end
18

Modeling underneath the rear end

 
06:02
Adding thickness to the panels
19

Adding thickness to the panels

 
10:09
Modeling underneath the front end
20

Modeling underneath the front end

 
03:51
Modeling the belly pan
21

Modeling the belly pan

 
08:33
Adding the plenum
22

Adding the plenum

 
03:11
Building the door handle
23

Building the door handle

 
05:40
Adding the door lock
24

Adding the door lock

 
04:10
Modeling the door trim pieces
25

Modeling the door trim pieces

 
08:52
Building the rear-view mirror
26

Building the rear-view mirror

 
10:57
Modeling the head light
27

Modeling the head light

 
12:36
Finishing the head light
28

Finishing the head light

 
09:00
Adding the LEDs
29

Adding the LEDs

 
08:01
Modeling the head light mesh
30

Modeling the head light mesh

 
10:03
Modeling the grill
31

Modeling the grill

 
10:21
Cutting exhaust ports from the bumper
32

Cutting exhaust ports from the bumper

 
12:05
Adding the exhaust pipes
33

Adding the exhaust pipes

 
04:58
Building the tail lights
34

Building the tail lights

 
10:33
Finishing the tail lights
35

Finishing the tail lights

 
10:18
Modeling back vent pieces
36

Modeling back vent pieces

 
08:52
Adding windows
37

Adding windows

 
06:13
Modeling the fuel port
38

Modeling the fuel port

 
06:14
Building the fuel cap
39

Building the fuel cap

 
06:27
Beginning the wheel
40

Beginning the wheel

 
09:48
Detailing the rim
41

Detailing the rim

 
09:30
Completing the wheel
42

Completing the wheel

 
12:22
Building the windshield wipers
43

Building the windshield wipers

 
10:03
Building the plates
44

Building the plates

 
04:11
Creating the raised emblems
45

Creating the raised emblems

 
05:30
Cleaning up our scene
46

Cleaning up our scene

 
15:26