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Learning Maya 6: Book Suite

Learning Maya 6: Book Suite

Joaquin Kino Gil, noted film effects artist and host team leader of Creative Cow's Maya forum, reviews Learning Maya 6: Book Suite, by Alias Inc. [formerly Alias|Wavefront].

Review
Joaquin Gil
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Texturing, Lighting, and Rendering in Maya

Texturing, Lighting, and Rendering in Maya

In this tutorial by Nelson Cruz, you will be applying textures to and rendering the wheel that you created last month. The three main areas you will look at are texturing, lighting, and rendering. This is part two of a two part series.

Tutorial
Nelson Cruz
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Learning Maya 6: Foundation

Learning Maya 6: Foundation

CreativeCOW leader John David Hutton looks at Learning Maya 6 | Foundation published by Sybex and is pleased to find ... ''a tutorial book ..[which presents]... the instruction to you in a way that makes you understand why you're doing those things. You get a very well-rounded instruction on the principles of this 3D software package."

Review
John David Hutton
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Understanding Nurbs primitives in Maya

Understanding Nurbs primitives in Maya

In this tutorial, Nelson Cruz demonstrates building a simple car wheel in Maya using Nurbs primitives.

Tutorial
Nelson Cruz
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Learning Maya 5: Dynamics

Learning Maya 5: Dynamics

CreativeCOW leader John David Hutton takes a thorough look at Learning Maya 5 | Dynamics from Sybex and concludes with... ''this is definitely a worthwhile book for any Maya artist interested in learning dynamics."

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John David Hutton
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MAYA CHARACTER CREATION: Modeling and Animation Controls by Chris Maraffi

MAYA CHARACTER CREATION: Modeling and Animation Controls by Chris Maraffi

Joaquin 'Kino' Gil -- noted major film effects artist, independent filmmaker and Creative Cow's Maya forum host, reviews MAYA CHARACTER CREATION: Modeling and Animation Controls by Chris Maraffi and published by New Riders. Kino concludes his review with "...With this book anyone with a modicum of Maya proficiency can learn to rig and model professionally.'' Read more...

Review
Joaquin Gil
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MAYA 5 KILLER TIPS by Eric Hanson

MAYA 5 KILLER TIPS by Eric Hanson

Joaquin 'Kino' Gil, noted film effects artist and host team leader of Creative Cow's Maya forum, reviews "Maya 5 Killer Tips," written by Eric Hanson and published by New Riders. Kino concludes with "...This is a "must-have" book in every Maya shop and class.'' Find out why

Review
Joaquin Gil
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Learning Maya 5: MEL Fundamentals

Learning Maya 5: MEL Fundamentals

Joaquin Kino Gil, noted film effects artist and host team leader of Creative Cow's Maya and Film FX forums, reviews Learning Maya 5: MEL Fundamentals, by Alias [formerly Alias|Wavefront].

Review
Joaquin Gil
MAYA
Inside Maya 5

Inside Maya 5

Author/animator Michael Hurwicz examines Inside Maya 5 by Mark Adams, Erick Miller and Max Sims from New Riders.

Review
Michael Hurwicz
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Learning Maya 5 | Rendering

Learning Maya 5 | Rendering

David Heijl takes a look at Sybex' new book: Learning Maya 5 | Rendering and concludes..."judging on contents only, for beginning through intermediate Mayans, this is a must-have book. Good job, Alias."

Review
David Heijl
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Creating Hair in Maya

Creating Hair in Maya

In this tutorial, Chad Briggs will guide intermediate/experienced Maya users through creating hair with PaintFX. Once created, this hair can be animated and deformed through Maya's dynamics/cloth engines. This tutorial will focus on the creation of the hair.

Tutorial
Chad Briggs
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[digital] Cinematography & Directing by Dan Ablan

[digital] Cinematography & Directing by Dan Ablan

Brian C. Barnes takes a look at examines [digital] Cinematography & Directing by Dan Ablan and published by New Riders Publishing. Brian recommends it to anyone that is looking for an overview and insight into the entire 3D animation process.

Review
Brian Barnes
MAYA
Sean Fennell examines Maya 4.5 Savvy

Sean Fennell examines Maya 4.5 Savvy

Maya COW leader, Sean Fennell examines Maya 4.5 Savvy by John Kundert-Gibbs, Peter Lee, John L. Kundert-Gibbs and published by Sybex Books. Sean concludes with, '' Maya 4.5 Savvy will aid beginner through intermediate artist work more comfortably in Maya 4.5.''

Review
Sean Fennell
MAYA
Maya 4.5 Fundamentals

Maya 4.5 Fundamentals

Always looking for good reference materials, Creativecow leader, Chad Briggs takes a look at Maya 4.5 Fundamentals by Jim Lammers with Lee Gooding published by New Riders Publishers. Read why Chad gives this book 4 1/2 COWs.

Review
Chad Briggs
MAYA
Gnomon 3D Training: Texture Mapping I: Materials, II: Textures and III: Projections

Gnomon 3D Training: Texture Mapping I: Materials, II: Textures and III: Projections

John David Hutton takes a look at Gnomon 3D Training Tapes. Since these tapes are offered one tape at a time instead of as a set, in this article, John David reviews the tape: Texture Mapping I: Materials.

Review
John David Hutton
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MAYA Secrets of the Pros

MAYA Secrets of the Pros

Joaquin Kino Gil, noted film effects artist and host team leader of Creative Cow's Maya forum, reviews ''Maya: Secrets of the Pros,'' edited by John Kundert-Gibbs and published by Sybex. While he points out a few weaknesses of the book, he still gives it Five Cows, our top rating, because not only will it give you a great education in the software itself -- but in many pro-level aspects of effects production and workflow strategy as well. Kino says much of this book would be applicable to any serious animator and regardless of tool or version. This is high praise indeed from a guy whose own body of work includes Godzilla, Contact and Starship Troopers and many others.

Review
Joaquin Gil
MAYA
3D Graphics & Animation, Second Edition

3D Graphics & Animation, Second Edition

Eric J. Calcagnino takes a look at 3D Graphics & Animation Second Edition written by Mark Giambruno and published by New Riders Publishing.

Review
Eric Calcagnino
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Erwin Santacruz Reviews: Maya 4: Fundamentals

Erwin Santacruz Reviews: Maya 4: Fundamentals

CreativeCOW leader, Erwin Santacruz examines a new book by New Riders called Maya 4: Fundamentals by Jim Lammers and Lee Gooding.

Review
Erwin Santacruz
MAYA
Kino Gil reviews: Deep Paint 3D with Texture Weapons

Kino Gil reviews: Deep Paint 3D with Texture Weapons

Kino Gil, noted film effects artist and host team leader of Creative Cow's Maya forum, gives his impressions of Right Hemisphere's 'Deep Paint 3D with Texture Weapons'. Kino takes a quick look at the history of digital Paint FX technology and then jumps into some of the reasons that Deep Paint is an FX Pro power tool. He gives an honest view of some of the strengths and weaknesses of the system and concludes that Deep Paint 3D ''...is the nicest paint program I have used in a long time. I plan to make it into my main paint application.''

Review
Joaquin Gil
MAYA
Impressionist Paint FX using Fur

Impressionist Paint FX using Fur

Have you ever thought that you'd like to create something like a painted effect in Maya, but that you didn't want to use Paint Effects? In this tutorial, Christopher Cherubini demonstrates using Fur to create an Impressionist look to the scene. The theory behind this method is to drive the color of your shader, and in turn your fur without lights, putting all the lighting control into the shader.

Tutorial
Christopher Cherubini
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