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Character Rigging In Maya

Learn How To Rig Your Own Characters Or Start Your Path To Becoming A Tech Artist!

Rigging is one of the most sought after careers in the entertainment industries and is a huge value add to Character Artists looking to get started.  

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Rigging is one of the most effective ways to demonstrate your technical capacity and make yourself a stronger job candidate.

This course will take you through the entire rigging pipeline, using Maya. Students will be constructing a character rig from start to finish. Pushing the potential and your own ability to pay attention to nuances and the specific character traits are what will help your portfolio stand out.

By the end of the course, students will have a deep understanding of the character riggings process. They will have also gained knowledge on how to troubleshoot new problems or tasks.

Students will also learn about the performance constraints they might run into in a real production pipeline. 

By the end of the workshop you'll:

  • Have developed your own Character Rig
  • Have an understanding of proceduralism and reusability in the Rigging pipeline
  • Understand how to properly place joints and controls for your rig.
  • Have the confidence and ability to create twist setups for your rigs.
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Course Info

SKILLS LEVEL:   Beginner to Intermediate 

What You're Getting Inside The
Character Rigging In Maya Course:

Character Rigging in Maya is a 10 module, Step-by-Step Course that walks you through the 8 Steps of creating a Character Rig!


Intro To Rigging

90 minutes

In this sprint, Jose will demonstrate the basics of rigging. Joint orientation overview. Using the functionality of Maya for rigging.  


Skeleton Layout

85 minutes

In this sprint, Jose teaches how to establish joints and begin placing them. Using various methods to create the best possible puppet.


Spine Rig

110 minutes

In this sprint, Jose will begin creating the controls for the joints. demonstrates all the different joints that need controls to create an ideal puppet.

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Neck & Head Rig

70 minutes

In this sprint, Jose will be going over  the differences between FK and IK. Creating controllers for the head, neck, and posing. Going over facial antomy and the node editor. 


Arms Rig

92 minutes

In this sprint, jose will be going over anatomy of the arms. Creating a stretching component for the controls of the arms. Using coding blending chains.

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Hands Rig

105 minutes

In this sprint, Jose creates controls for the hand. Adding proper IK and FK components to allow the hands to have flexible mobility.


Legs Rig

110 Minutes

In this sprint, Jose demonstrates how to verify the axis and proportions of your joints are correct. Anatomy overview of the legs. Creating the controllers for the legs.

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Twist Setup

120 minutes

In this sprint, Jose creates a twist setup for the arms and legs after the puppet is completed. Allowing for full range of motion for the shoulders and hip when the arms are animated. 



290 minutes

Just like it says, this sprint is all about skinning and giving life to your rig. Assembling all the pieces to finalize your rig.

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Jose Antonio Martin Martin

Jose Antonio Martin Martin is a character TD / rigger that worked in the Animation and VFX industry for 10+ years.

He has worked for studios such as Framestore, MPC, DNEG and ILM. During his career he worked on projects like Gravity, Terminator Genisys, Suicide Squad, Ghost in the Shell, Venom and Star Wars Episode IX.

He is currently working in the game industry at Remedy Entertainment.

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Learn How To Rig Your Character In The Industry Leading Software, Maya!

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With our On Demand course format you will have access to all the lesson videos in this course to watch and complete at your own pace. 

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  • 16+ hours of content
  • Detailed technique walk throughs
  • Community access to Discord
  • Life time access to streams & downloadable videos
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