Master Proper Edge Flow to Create 3D Characters in Maya


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Proper edge flow

The structure of your polygon mesh can be thought of like the structure of a bridge or a tower. In both, you want to get the most use out of the fewest pieces. The arrangement of the polygons in a model, like the arrangement of beams in the Eiffel Tower, needs to relate to the shapes and forms that they're contributing to. The way in which edges relates to anatomy and to each other is called edge flow, and it's a crucial concept for making characters that bend and move in correct ways. So we're at this picture of the Eiffel Tower here and we can see how the different structural members contribute to the overall shape of the tower.

There are these large curving shapes that they are made up of these little struts, and all the struts are in a structure that's directionally related to the overall direction of the tower. There's a similar thing that's going on with our character here in Maya. We can see that there's an edge flow pattern and it matches the overal...

Proper edge flow
Video duration: 6m 4s 3h 3m Intermediate

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Proper edge flow provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by Ryan Kittleson as part of the Modeling a Character in Maya

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3D + Animation
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Maya
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