Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Using screen drawing tools for Windows, part of Character Animation: Maya.
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Now when I started animating way back in the 90's, screens were actually made out of glass.…Usually you had a Trinitron tube, you had a 20-inch monitor or something like that.…And one of the tricks that I learned way, way back was to draw on the screen.…All I'd have to do was to reach for a dry erase marker and I could draw over my…characters on the screen.…Because the screen was made of glass, it was very easy.…You just draw on the screen.…When you're done, you just wipe it off with a cloth.…
In the past couple of years, flat screens have really taken over.…Now a lot of those screens are made of plastic, which makes them not really that…compatible with dry-erase markers.…So I adapted my original technique to a more virtual technique which will…actually help this course.…For the PC, I use a program called LinktivityPresenter.…Now what this does is it simply allows me to draw over Maya on the screen.…Now this can come in very handy when you're trying to tweak a pose, get an…animation path, do a number of different things, and you want it look good in 2D,…
Prerequisite courses: Maya 2011 Essential Training.
- Using screen-drawing tools for Windows and Mac
- Quickly posing characters with custom MEL scripts and layers
- Understanding forces and their role in creating lifelike animation
- Sequencing and timing pose-to-pose animation
- Fine-tuning transitions
- Animating a character's gait and run
- Crafting realistic facial expressions
- Syncing speech to animated dialogue