Monday, April 10th, 2023 Posted by Jim Thacker

Tutorial: Introduction to Maya for Animators

The Gnomon Workshop has released Introduction to Maya for Animators, a three-hour guide to animation in Maya, recorded by former DreamWorks animator Erik Castillo.

The workshop provides a beginner-friendly introduction to one of the software applications most commonly used for movie animation and visual effects work.

A complete beginner’s guide to animation in Maya
In the workshop, Castillo aims to provide an accessible introduction to animation in Maya, beginning with standard basic exercises like animating a bouncing ball and a pendulum.

Castillo then explores the 12 principles of animation, focusing particularly on weight and timing.

According to The Gnomon Workshop, the workshop provides “a solid foundation for continued advancement and exploration into more intricate mechanics-driven exercises”.

For the demonstrations, Catillo uses commercial character rigs from ProRigs.

About the artist
Erik Castillo has worked as an animation artist at DreamWorks Animation, on projects including Kung Fu Panda: Dragon Knights, and at leading visual effects facilities, including Framestore and MPC.

He is also an assistant professor at ArtCenter College of Design, where he teaches both introductory and advanced courses in aniamation.

Pricing and availability
Introduction to Maya for Animators is available via a subscription to The Gnomon Workshop, providing access to over 300 tutorials. Subscriptions cost $54/month or $499/year. Free trials are available.

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

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