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Watch as author George Maestri employs the basic principles of animation to bring to life simple 3D characters in Maya. Starting with an overview of the character rig, this course provides guidelines for arranging stock characters into strong poses and explains how to generate locomotion between poses in a modular fashion. The course includes step-by-step instructions on animating realistic gestures, walks, runs, facial expressions, and dialogue, and culminates with an animated scene built entirely from scratch.
Prerequisite courses: Maya 2011 Essential Training.
For those of you who are using OS X on the Macintosh platform, there is a screen draw tool that you can use as well. I did some searching on I found one called Magic Pen, which should work. And the way that you find it is basically just go on Google, type magic pen for the Mac, and you should find it. Now I found it on CNET, but you may find it in other places as well, and it's a free download. It's a free piece of software, so you should be good to go with that.
So let me go ahead and close my browser here. Now once you install Magic Pen, it should show up either in the Applications folder and I've dragged it here to my dock. So you can just double-click on it. And when you do, what happens is this little icon comes up and once this icon is here, we have a number of options. One is we can choose our color and then we can actually just draw. So you can just draw on the screen here. Now we have some menu options here and the most important one is Clear Pad.
This software actually does support what are called multiple pads, so you can actually draw in multiple layers. We're really not going to go that deep into it, so you can pretty much just draw and clear. That's basically all you need to do, so we can just draw something and clear it. If you're going to be using this in Maya, you will need to switch applications. So for example, if I'm in Maya right now, I can pretty much just use Maya the way it is. But if I want to draw over it to illustrate a pose or something like that, I will have to go down to my dock and open up Magic Pen, and then I can draw over Maya.
Then once I go back into Maya, I can operate Maya as I want, and the drawing will still be over that. I can always go back into Magic Pen and then Clear and so on. So really what you're doing is you're switching between the applications. So this should work for most OS X users. So with that in mind, let's go ahead and get going with the course.
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