22 mighty Maya tutorials to try today
Autodesk Maya is one of the go-to packages for serious 3D artists, with its advanced tools and high-end plugins, this software is capable of creating some incredible impressive 3D art to add to your design portfolio.
The Maya tutorials on this page will help to demystify its core features and improve your skills. Let’s have some fun…
01. How to design an animated hero
Scott Raymond shares his process for animating Bink, a curious little seafaring creature, for Eric Miller Animation Studios’ web series. His challenge was to make the most appealing introduction to the character as possible, in just a short amount of time, incorporating Eric Miller’s vision and existing setups, while trying to define Bink’s unique personality. A versatile rig made it possible to really push the character poses and find the most appealing version of him.
02. Create a realistic environment in Maya
Creating different environments is exciting, but to make them believable it’s key to study your references. In this Maya tutorial Eva Ng demonstrates how she made this project based on Vivienne Gucwa’s photo Summer on Perry Street, NYC. It’s also an opportunity to explore new production workflows and to improve your future projects.
03. Maya 2016 for beginners
This free Maya tutorial video by Shane Whittington will teach you all the basics of Maya 2016, starting with the tools and user interface. Over two hours you’ll learn how to create and texture polygon models, how to light your scene and finally create a rendered image of your work.
04. Beginner’s guide to Maya
If you sign up to Pluralight with a demo account you can watch select lessons and courses for free, including this beginner’s guide to Maya. The helpful video tutorial explains the essential workflows, terms and techniques to help you get started with Maya.
05. 2D sketching in Maya
This short video tutorial will show you exactly how to design a character with Autodesk Maya, starting with the basic 2D sketching using NURBS creation tools.
06. Modelling for beginners
If you’re new to modelling in Maya, this 20-minute tutorial is just what you need to help you master the basics. Here you will use basic modelling and subdivision techniques to create a small cartoon house.
07. Animate a Logo Forming from Particles in Maya
In this tutorial, 3D artist Abed Ibrahim will walk you through the process of creating an animated logo using particles in Maya, and then reverse the rendered animation in any video editing software of your choice.
08. Creating text in Maya
The team at 3D Tutorial Zone reveal how to easily create text within Maya.
09. How to sculpt fur in Maya
There are several different ways to approach hair and fur in the more recent versions of Maya. Here freelance CG artist Joe Parente explains how to sculpt fur for his pipe-smoking, dreadlock-sporting yeti creature.
10. How to master hair and fur in Maya
Fur and hair are always tricky to attempt in 3D. They often involve complicated systems with a mind-boggling amount of attributes to adjust and configure, and this is even before you consider styling and rendering. In this tutorial digital artist Antony Ward explains how to harness Maya’s powerful new tools to create a furry character.
11. Create believable skin in Maya
How can you make a character’s skin look more believable when rendering Maya? Antony Ward explains how incorporating subsurface scattering (SSS) into your shaders can give 3D skin a realistic look that textures alone can’t achieve.
12. How to rig a character for posing in Maya
Adding a physical pose and facial expression to a character will make your image more appealing while also giving viewers an insight into your character’s story. Here, with the help of a few joints, constraints and blend shapes, Antony Ward explains you can easily give your character the ability to express emotion.
13. How to create a realistic camera rig in Maya
Being able to set-up a CG version of a real-world camera, using groups and simple controllers, is an important skill. Multi-node cameras are useful because they impose the physical limitations of real-world cameras, encouraging you to think more cinematically about how you position your camera. In this tutorial Pat Imrie explains how to set up a multi-node camera in a four simple steps.
14. Make your own space ship
We love a bit of sci-fi here at Creative Bloq, so we just had to include a couple of spacey treats. Here, you’ll learn how to create a space ship from scratch. The tutorial was created a few versions ago, so don’t be surprised if there’s any change in tools.
15. Creating a realistic planet
In this easy-to-follow tutorial, Jack Hulse explains how to make a simple planet that is not rendering intensive.
16. Create a walk cycle in Maya
This Digital Tutors video tutorial covers the process of creating a walk cycle in Maya. A subscription is required to access the full training, but you can access the first t lessons, which cover the basics, with a free demo account.
17. Introduction to squash and stretch
Squash and Stretch is one of the most important classical principles of animation. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to build a simple limb-stretching control that fits over a standard IK setup.
18. Ahoy there! Want to create stormy seas?
Getting the texture of water is a feat in itself but what do you do when faced with creating a whole ocean? Take a look at this tutorial which shows you how to succeed with stormy seas in a few simple steps.
19. Create Awesome Cloth Simulations using nDynamics in Maya
Getting realistic effects right can be the difference between an unsuccessful Maya creation and a great one. Here, you’ll learn how to create life-like cloth simulations using nDynamics’ passive colliders and ncloth objects.
20. UV layout on a human head
This tutorial from the Gnomon Workshop demonstrates how to unwrap UVs on a human head using only the tools inside Maya. Discover the proper method for cutting the mesh, before unfolding and flattening the various pieces and properly sewing the mesh back together while performing fixes to various regions of the UV mesh.
21. Making hair styles with Maya fur
In this tutorial you will learn how to create some hair styles with Maya fur plug-in. A basic knowledge of Maya’s core concepts and procedures is required before attempting this training.
22. Make a 3D coin using only Maya 3D
If you become overwhelmed by the variety of programmes on offer for 3D creation, take a look at this simple coin tutorial. By only using Maya 3D, you’ll be able to create a realistic looking coin.
That’s it for now! Thanks for reading and check back regularly as we add more Maya tutorials to our list.