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Creating Custom Muscles in Maya
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Released Dec 1, 2012
Delano Athias

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Delano Athias
In this set of Maya tutorials we will learn techniques that you can use to add volume and musculature to your characters without sacrificing the rig's speed. Throughout the tutorial you'll learn everything from how to create custom Pose Space Deformers, which do a wonderful job at maintaining volume in areas that are prone to collapse. We'll cover how to create custom muscles that slide underneath the skin, and we'll also learn how to create a modular rigging component we can incorporate to add an extra level of flexibility and stability to your control rigs.
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Partner
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
00:45
A look at the rig
2

A look at the rig

 
02:50
Starting on the biceps
3

Starting on the biceps

 
10:37
Finishing the biceps
4

Finishing the biceps

 
09:57
Maintaining volume in the upper arm
5

Maintaining volume in the upper arm

 
09:43
Finishing the upper arm
6

Finishing the upper arm

 
10:03
Rigging the deltoids
7

Rigging the deltoids

 
07:07
Rigging the scapulae
8

Rigging the scapulae

 
11:39
Completing the scapula rig
9

Completing the scapula rig

 
09:19
The Flexi-Chain
10

The Flexi-Chain

 
08:26
Controlling the Flexi-Chain
11

Controlling the Flexi-Chain

 
10:56
Twisting the Flexi-Chain
12

Twisting the Flexi-Chain

 
11:27
Finalizing the Flexi-Chain's twist rig
13

Finalizing the Flexi-Chain's twist rig

 
12:39
Adding more flexibility to the Flexi-Chain
14

Adding more flexibility to the Flexi-Chain

 
08:28
Completing the Flexi-Chain
15

Completing the Flexi-Chain

 
12:37
Connecting Flexi-Chain systems to the creature's forearms
16

Connecting Flexi-Chain systems to the creature's forearms

 
12:07
Continuing the setup on the forearms and adding joints as influences
17

Continuing the setup on the forearms and adding joints as influences

 
11:23
Finishing the forearms
18

Finishing the forearms

 
11:00
Rigging the pectorals
19

Rigging the pectorals

 
08:17
Finalizing the pectorals
20

Finalizing the pectorals

 
06:29
Creating a custom muscle to keep volume in the stomach
21

Creating a custom muscle to keep volume in the stomach

 
10:54
Adding custom muscles to the buttocks
22

Adding custom muscles to the buttocks

 
09:14
Maintaining volume in the buttocks
23

Maintaining volume in the buttocks

 
08:59
Finishing the buttocks
24

Finishing the buttocks

 
08:11
Adding jiggle effects to the muscle object
25

Adding jiggle effects to the muscle object

 
14:08
Finalizing the rig
26

Finalizing the rig

 
07:13
Scaling the muscle rig
27

Scaling the muscle rig

 
12:43