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Introduction to Maya 2020

Interface and Workflow with Eric Keller


Autodesk’s Maya 2020 is the leading 3D application used by artists in digital production across the game, visual effects, commercial, and broadcast industries. Maya's feature-rich toolset expands with every version and has been reorganized once more in this latest release. Whether you’re completely new to using a 3D computer graphics package, migrating from another 3D application, or an experienced user who just wants to see all the newest features in action, the demonstrations in each video of this 51-chapter workshop will get you up to speed in using Maya 2020.

Veteran VFX artist and instructor, Eric Keller, puts Maya 2020 through the paces in this 15-hour workshop while giving you all the in-depth descriptions of the interface and tools needed for a full grasp of the tool. The training covers all the essential areas of the Maya toolkit including modeling, rigging, animation, and effects, as well as shading, lighting, and finally rendering with the Arnold renderer.

This comprehensive workshop uses a project-based approach to introduce the latest improvements in Maya 2020, including workspaces, the Bifrost plug-in, interactive grooming with XGen, the Nucleus dynamics system, instancing with MASH, setting up UVs, as well as animation using the Graph Editor, the Time Editor, and animation layers.

The project files Eric uses throughout this workshop are available to download with a subscription and can be used to follow along with the video chapters — or for your own 3D deconstructions. In addition to exploring Maya's powerful toolset, you will also learn how to optimize your workflow with interface customizations to speed up your 3D workflow.

*Special thanks to Hum3D for providing a collection of 3D models for download with this workshop.

Duration: 943 Minutes

Format: HD 1920x1080

Eric Keller

CG artist

Eric Keller is a veteran CG artist with over 20 years of experience creating models for feature films, episodic TV, scientific visualization, planetarium shows, VR, AR, 3D printing, and jewelry design. He creates training titles for The Gnomon Workshop and has also taught ZBrush and Maya classes at Gnomon School in Hollywood.

Eric has been working as a professional CG artist since 1998 creating animations and images for both the entertainment industry and scientific visualization. He has written several top-rated books on both ZBrush and Maya, as well as numerous tutorials and articles for leading industry magazines such as 3D World.

He has now authored multiple video series for The Gnomon Workshop on ZBrush and Maya and was honored to be a guest lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He has worked as a visual effects artist on commercials, television, games, and feature films for decades, with credits including 10 Cloverfield Lane, Star Trek: Beyond, Aquaman, Power Rangers, Swamp Thing, and John Wick 3: Parabellum.

  • "Eric Keller is an Invertebrate lover, an animator, an author, ,artist, and the list goes on! His knowledge of all aspects of 3D and his love of the natural world has in my mind made him one of the go to guys in the industry. His passion is what makes him one of the best authors and teachers out there! Eric approaches his work seriously but with a sense of humor and a zest for knowledge. I am constantly surprised and inspired by Eric's ability to make any topic interesting and fun. His new tutorial will definitely be one I will watch over and over! "

    - Mark Dedecker
    Asset lead at Deluxe Entertainment

  • "Eric Keller is a Renaissance man. By combining his artists eye, his passion for natural science, and his skill as a teacher he has brought this fantastic tutorial to life! Eric easily shifts from exceptional sculpting, to finessing the intricacies of Vray and Maya, to explaining the nuances of the Arthropoda Insecta Hymenoptera. Its that kind of attention to detail that makes great artists freakin amazing. I am constantly in awe of Eric's breadth of knowledge and skill. We are all fortunate he has chosen to share some of that in this tutorial! "

    - Scott Spencer
    Weta Workshop NZ

  • "Eric Keller is a master ZBrush artist. Anyone who wants to know ZBrush in depth should buy this tutorial! For an in depth understanding ZBrush, look no further than Eric Keller's amazing works. I wish I could Crtl+C, Crtl+V what Eric Keller knows directly into my brain!"

    - Jared Krichevsky
    Creature Designer at The Aaron Sims Company