Maya 3D Modelling Iconic Designs
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Maya 3D Modelling Iconic Designs

Create iconic designs and images using Maya
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Last updated 3/2017
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will understand basic box modelling
  • You will have an understanding of NURBS
  • Be able to confidently tackle concept projects within Maya
  • Build confidence with the program
  • All the basic skills you need
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  • You will need Maya 2013 or above
  • Photoshop would be beneficial but not essential

Ever wanted to create iconic image? maybe even design your own concept?

This course will take you step by step with some of the processes used to create a concept or iconic image using Maya a professional 3D modelling software

"In this course we will create an iconic chair by Charles Eames"

Maya 3D Modelling Iconic Design overview

We will look at the following course topics during this course:

  • Selecting good reference images
  • Creating planes to model against in Maya
  • Box modelling in Maya, this is the most basic and most used method of modelling within 3D aplications
  • NURBS modelling this more complex form of modelling is great for adjusting and fine tuning your geometry
  • Geometry conversion we will show you how to convert NURB surface to Poly Surfaces
  • We will look at the following Bevelling, Extruding, Merging vertices
  • Geometry selection types
  • Tool preferences
  • Model cleanup
  • Simple renders from Maya and Mental ray

Although this course on Modelling is all about modelling at the end I will show you how to render from Maya software renderer and Mental ray.

I hope you enjoy this first course from us on Maya, stay tuned for many other great courses presented on Udemy from UK ONLINE TRAINING CENTRE.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for Beginners to Intermediates
  • I dont think Advanced users would benefit from this course
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
Introduction to Maya Modelling for Poster Art
2 Lectures 03:27

Lets take a look at the course as a summary overview.

Preview 01:54

Let begin with a quick intro about the course.

Preview 01:33
Lets start the project
30 Lectures 02:56:59

Please download the project files or follow along and create your very own Chair from scratch!

Download the project files

Lets take a look at the project files and the reference images we will be using during this course.

Preview 02:27

It is important to check our reference images so they all line up for our planes, if this is not clear yet it will be later.

Preview 05:11

To be able to work efficiently in Maya we need to set this project up as a scene learn how here.

Setting up our project in Maya

Lets take our new reference image and drop them in the correct folder within out project.

Moving images to the project

In this lesson we need to create a series of planes that will show our reference images on.

Creating our reference planes

Now we have created the plane we need to texture it with our reference images.
Applying our textures

OK now we are onto the modelling lets create a simple base for our leg, this is called a proxy.

Creating the leg

So our leg placeholder is in but it is too square lets use the bevel tool to round it up.

Creating our first bevel

This is an essential skill to get used to, duplicating and mirroring and having control is an important skill to develop its ok we will be doing this a fair few times.

Mirroring and duplicating allows us to precisely control where our models and where we want to duplicate it to, using the object axis and mirroring on a specific axis.

Duplication and mirroring

Lets create the supporting structures.
Supporting Rods

Lets duplicate the leg supports.

More duplicating

In this video we will create the seat using standard box modelling techniques, in the next lesson I will show you an alternative using NURBS

Box modelling our seat

In this lesson I will show you a very powerfull way of modeeling using NURBS this stands for Non Uniform Rational B Splines, we will use curves to generate our geometry.

NURBS modelling our seat

Wouldn't it be great if we could convert this NURBS geometry to Polygons?? Well we can let me show you.

Converting NURBS to Polygons

lets do a little more refining on our nurbs curves.

Refining our curves

Lets do another conversion from NURBS to Polygons.
Final Nurbs to poly coversion

In this lesson we will tweak some of the vertices to get the shape a bit better.
Adjusting the Seat

Now we are happy with the shape of the seat we now need to mirror and merge into one object.

Mirror and Merge

Now we have a good shape its time to add thickness to it using the extrude tool.

Lets now create the plastic moulding for the legs to attach to.
Molded plastic fitting

Lets use some of the same techniques to create the back leg to seat bracket and position it.
Modelling the back bracket

lets now create the front bracket and position it.
Modelling the front bracket

OK lets make a slight modification to the legs to get a better shape.
Finishing the legs

The legs have plastic foot supports lets create this simple shape.

Plastic foot supports

In this lesson 1 of 2 we will use NURBS modelling to create our Chair Tubular Frame section.

Using Nurbs again the supports part 1

In this lesson 2 of 2 we will finish our Chair Tubular Frame section.

Using Nurbs again the supports part 2

It is very important to keep out model and geometry clean, this might mean freezing transformations or clearing the object history, see how we do this in this video.

If you have made it this far well done, your Chair is completed!

Model Cleanup

In this final lesson, we will add materials to each of the model parts and colour them.

Finally I will show you how to quickly render out using Maya Software but we will also see out put from Mental Ray, As this course is a modelling course I am going over this very complex part of rendering quite quickly.

I hope you have enjoyed this course, stay tuned for the next one which will build on these techniques.

Putting our chair into colours and rendering

For those who have finished the course a massive "Well done!" for those still completing the course "Keep it up!" I just want to say thank you for choosing me and my course, it is really appreciated and means that I can produce more great courses for you in the future!

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I hope you had fun learning with this course and hope to see you at my other courses, please give me a review if you loved the course, if you did not like it also let me know, I take students opinions very seriously!

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UK Online Training Centre specialist in creative design and visualization software

Who am I? My Name is David Newton and I will be your course instructor, I have been training people online since 2002 with you tube and now I offer my skills to you on Udemy.

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Some companies I have worked for include: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, United Emirates, MOD, RAF and Pepsi as well as B2B I have done a ton of work for the B2C sector as well and still do.

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