Saturday, November 14th, 2020 Posted by Jim Thacker

The Gnomon Workshop ships Introduction to Maya 2020

The Gnomon Workshop has released Introduction to Maya 2020, an essential guide to modelling, texture work, animation, lighting and rendering in Maya, recorded by industry veteran Eric Keller.

At over 15 hours of video training, the new tutorial is the most extensive in the popular Introduction to Maya series – and The Gnomon Workshop’s most comprehensive Maya training to date.

A comprehensive guide to Maya for both beginners and experienced artists
Maya is one of the key applications in the digital production market, used widely in game development and in visual effects and animation for movies, TV series and commercials.

In his new 51-chapter workshop, Keller provides a comprehensive overview of both the software’s core features and the new functionality that Autodesk, its developer, has added in the latest version.

The training begins by introducing the Maya interface and its key tools, then exploring essential toolsets including modelling, rigging, animation, effects, shading, lighting, and rendering with the Arnold renderer.

Keller uses a project-based approach, showing viewers how to build up a complete 3D scene in stages.

The project files are available to download with the videos themselves, alongside readymade 3D models used to populate the background of the scene, provided by online library Hum3D.

Get up to speed with the new features in Maya 2020
The workshop also covers the latest improvements in Maya 2020, with a particular focus on animation using the Graph Editor, the Time Editor and animation layers.

Keller also introduces the software’s Bifrost fluid simulation plugin, interactive grooming with XGen, the Nucleus dynamics system, and instancing with MASH.

According to The Gnomon Workshop, the training is suitable both for people new to 3D and for experienced artists migrating from other software, or who just want to see Maya 2020’s new features in action.

To find out more about the tutorial, read our interview with Eric Keller, in which he discusses what goes into recording a Gnomon Workshop tutorial, and reveals his tips for creating killer video training.

About the artist
Eric Keller has been working as a CG artist since 1998. His recent credits include work on 10 Cloverfield Lane and Star Trek Beyond, and models for the title sequences of Aquaman and Swamp Thing.

As well as his other training videos for The Gnomon Workshop, he teaches the Introduction to Maya and Introduction to Digital Sculpting courses at the Gnomon school itself.

Pricing and availability
Introduction to Maya 2020: Interface and Workflow is available via a subscription to The Gnomon Workshop, providing access to over 300 tutorials. Subscriptions cost $49/month or $490/year. Free trials are available.

Read more about Introduction to Maya 2020 on The Gnomon Workshop’s website

Full disclosure: CG Channel is owned by Gnomon.