Video Game Design 2

October 19 – 25          Learning Maya LT

We are going to learn a lighter version Maya called Maya LT over the next couple of days.  You will be going to and logging in with your school email and password.  Your school email is your and the password should be your regular computer password or your first three letters of your last name + your ID#.  Here is a link to the course Learning Maya LT.

Make sure you follow along in Maya LT and recreate what the instructor is doing.  I will be looking for your final product at the end of the course.

Here is your goals for completing the course:

  • Thursday:
    • Introduction
    • Part 1 – the Maya Interface
  • Friday
    • Part 2 – Selecting and Manipulating Objects
    • Part 3 – Organizing Scenes
  • Monday
    • Part 4 – Creating Polygonal Models
    • Part 5 – Polygonal Meshes
  • Tuesday
    • Finish Part 5 – Polygonal Meshes
  • Wednesday
    • Part 6 – Creating Materials
    • Part 7 – Applying Textures
  • Thursday
    • Part 8 – Animating in Maya LT
    • Part 9 – Exporting Assets
    • Conclusion

Rigging and Skinning Your Character

Look at this video to see an example of how to rig and skin your model for animation.  Rigging and Skinning Video

Instruction for Monday 10/2/17 – Thursday 10/5/17.

Students, I am at the Unity Conference in Austin this week.  I found a good video on making a simple character in Maya for you to watch.

Your goal  is to watch the video and try to recreate what is being done in Maya.  This should help you to get started on your own character model.  The video is here:  Maya:Simple Character Part 01 – Modeling

If you want to put your own reference drawings in Maya, take a picture of your drawings and load it into your computer.

After watching the video and practicing, make your own character in Maya.

On Monday and Tuesday watch the video and practice modeling.

On Wednesday and Thursday model your own character.  Be ready to move on to rigging and animating on Friday.

Instructions for Tuesday 9/26/17.

Students, today you will completing your point and click movement system that we went over yesterday.  I have a video reviewing point and click here Point and Click Video.   When you are done with that you will start to develop a character for your game that you are going to model in Maya.

Design your character:

  • Fill out the Character Sheet for your character.  You can get a digital copy here character_sheet  Use this form to help you fill in the character sheet character-creation-process
  • Sketch your character from the front, side, and back.  These should be full body sketches – we will be using these to help us in the modeling process.  There is paper on the shelf by the printer.

I will be checking/grading the point and click movement system on Wednesday.   There should be NO games or videos on your screens unless they are from my videos on what you are working on..