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Creating Cartoon Characters in Maya
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Released Dec 1, 2012
  • Maya
    Maya 2013
  • 4h 34m
  • 117,445 views
  • Project Files Included
Justin Marshall

Pluralsight

Justin Marshall
In this series of Maya tutorials, we will go step-by-step through the process of building and texturing a child character in a cartoony style. Cartoony, stylized characters are prevalent in the world of TV and film CG, as well as video games. These types of characters are a lot of fun to build, but they do present their own set of challenges.

We'll jump right into the training by talking about creating work that matches our reference images. We'll use a variety of polygon methods as well as some NURBS techniques to build up our adolescent football star from the ground up. In addition, we'll talk about creating topology that will lend itself well to deformation during animation.

In the end, you'll have a finished cartoon character ready for rigging and animation. And you'll have the knowledge you need to begin creating your very own character designs.
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Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:04
Setting up reference images
2

Setting up reference images

 
06:11
Blocking in the head shape
3

Blocking in the head shape

 
09:20
Building the eye loops
4

Building the eye loops

 
07:01
Building the mouth loops
5

Building the mouth loops

 
09:58
Adding the nose
6

Adding the nose

 
05:15
Creating the eyeballs
7

Creating the eyeballs

 
07:55
Modeling the eye lids
8

Modeling the eye lids

 
10:19
Shaping the mouth
9

Shaping the mouth

 
10:41
Cleaning up the corner of the mouth
10

Cleaning up the corner of the mouth

 
08:09
Modeling the ears
11

Modeling the ears

 
09:45
Finishing the head
12

Finishing the head

 
12:40
Building the base of the body
13

Building the base of the body

 
06:43
Creating the t-shirt
14

Creating the t-shirt

 
05:25
Modeling the jersey
15

Modeling the jersey

 
11:13
Building the shorts
16

Building the shorts

 
10:39
Modeling the arms and legs
17

Modeling the arms and legs

 
08:52
Starting the hands
18

Starting the hands

 
09:17
Finishing the hands
19

Finishing the hands

 
14:19
Building the football cleats
20

Building the football cleats

 
09:02
Continuing to work on the shoes
21

Continuing to work on the shoes

 
07:38
Finishing the shoes
22

Finishing the shoes

 
09:45
Adding socks
23

Adding socks

 
06:27
Adding teeth
24

Adding teeth

 
07:55
Creating the hair
25

Creating the hair

 
09:13
Finishing the hair
26

Finishing the hair

 
09:00
Adding flags and eyebrows
27

Adding flags and eyebrows

 
06:27
Working with materials
28

Working with materials

 
07:59
Creating a texture with ramps
29

Creating a texture with ramps

 
06:49
Creating a simple UV layout for the head
30

Creating a simple UV layout for the head

 
10:44
Painting a texture for the face
31

Painting a texture for the face

 
09:17
Projecting numbers onto the jersey
32

Projecting numbers onto the jersey

 
09:04