Important Notice:

As of September 15, 2016, we no longer publish new courses on this website. We encourage you to use your Digital-Tutors credentials to sign in on Pluralsight where you'll find all new creative courses, skill tests and paths, 1:1 mentoring and more.
Maya Learning Paths Tutorials and Training
This is a very focused learning path targeted at enhancing your skills as a Maya character artist. Because of the focused nature of this learning path, a majority of the tutorials in this learning path assume that you are already familiar with both moving around in Maya as well as familiar with basic modeling workflows. You'll start with a refresher on some of those basic modeling workflows before jumping into tutorials that will help you understand topics important to every character artist such as modeling for animation, topology flow and detailing for a variety of character types.
Questions? See FAQ's
14 Courses
58h 36m
Creating Stylized Females in Maya
6h 34m
Creating Stylized Males in Maya
4h 4m
Modeling Female Androids in Maya
6h 28m
Maya Modeling Techniques: Werewolves
5h 57m
Modeling a Fantasy Character in Maya
5h 6m
Q: How is the Modeling for Character Artists in Maya learning path different than the How to Get Started with Modeling in Maya learning path? A. This learning path is not intended to teach you the basics of moving around in Maya or even the basics of modeling workflows. Instead, with the Modeling for Character Artists in Maya learning path you'll be focused on learning how you can take the modeling skills you already possess and using them to build animation-friendly characters.
Q. Are there any tutorials that I should watch before starting this learning path? A. We recommend this learning path for artists who are already very familiar with Maya and want to build on their existing knowledge to learn how to create characters in Maya. If you've never used Maya before, you can get up to speed with the How to Get Started in Maya and How to Get Started with Modeling in Maya learning paths before starting this learning path.
Q: What sort of characters will I be able to create when I've completed this learning path? A. As with any learning experience, you'll get out of this learning path what you put into it. Rather than jumping into showing you how to create every type of 3D character that is possible to create, by the time you've completed this learning path you'll have the knowledge you need to be able to create just about any character in Maya that is ready for animation.
Q. Where do I go after completing this learning path? A. As artists, there are always new tips and techniques that can be learned. After completing this learning path we recommend taking a look at some of the other Maya learning paths here at Pluralsight Creative.
Q. What if I don't use Maya? Can I follow along in my favorite 3D software? A. While we recommend using Maya to follow along with this learning path, nearly all of the core fundamentals can be ported to another piece of software if you are familiar with that software. If you find it difficult to transfer these techniques to your preferred software, we have a variety of other learning paths for other software. Check out the Learning Paths page to see the learning paths for your favorite software.
Q: What is a learning path? How do I use them? A. Learning paths are a series of courses organized into levels for easier organization. We recommend that you start with the first course in level one and work your way through all of the courses and levels sequentially.
Q: Do I have to follow along with the tutorial? Can I work on my own project? A. The ultimate goal is to be able to transfer the techniques and tools you've learned in this learning path to your own projects. While everyone learns at a difference pace, we recommend a three-step process before trying to apply the techniques to your own projects. The first step is to watch each tutorial and take notes along the way. Secondly, watch the tutorial and follow along trying to replicate each step in the tutorial. Lastly replicate the project from the tutorial on your own trying not to watch the tutorials as much as possible. This helps to ensure that you not only are able to replicate what was taught in the tutorial but that you understand the techniques and tools that were used so you can then transfer them to your own projects.
Q: What if the version of Maya in the tutorial is different than what I have? Can I still follow along? A. Yes! While there are certainly new tools and features that get added with each new version of Maya, a majority of the core techniques taught are the same and can be transferred easily from version to version. Just keep in mind that due to file version differences it may not be possible to open project files that were created in a newer version of Maya if you're using an older version.