Character Modelling in Maya

A course by Fer Aguilera Reyes , Illustrator and 3D Generalist

Illustrator and 3D Generalist. Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.
Joined March 2017

Learn to conceptualize and illustrate characters in 3D

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (189)
  • 3376 students

Learn to conceptualize and illustrate characters in 3D

A course by Fer Aguilera Reyes

Fernando Aguilera, illustrator and 3D artist, never tires of exploring new tools and ways to bring his characters to life. Both for his professional assignments and his personal projects, he always tries to optimize resources to obtain impeccable results.

In this course, discover his character-conceptualization and modeling process, learning several tricks to reduce rendering and modeling times using the new Maya 2017 tools beyond the conventional outline of the work process.

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What will you learn in this online course?

26 lessons & 13 downloads

Mambacore and the process used
3 minutes, 45 seconds
Modeling Theory
7 minutes, 12 seconds
Masks I
16 minutes, 41 seconds
Masks II
15 minutes, 36 seconds
Body I
20 minutes, 43 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (189)
  • 3376 students
  • 26 lessons (5h 19m)
  • 13 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Illustrate a character in Maya, from the basic structure to the post-production in Photoshop. In addition, Fernando guides you in the process of creating one of his personal illustrations: Mambacore.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for illustrators, animators, designers, and 3D artists who want to improve their character-modeling skills in Maya.

Requirements and materials

You must have basic knowledge of Maya, be familiar with basic 3D-modeling processes, and know how to use an image-editing program such as Photoshop or similar.

You need to have Maya 2017 or later installed and any version of Photoshop.


3376 Students
189 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Fer Aguilera Reyes

A course by Fer Aguilera Reyes

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Illustrator and 3D Generalist

Fernando Aguilera is an illustrator and 3D artist. His works are characterized by his use of color and exaggerated figures.

Fernando is passionate about 3D illustration. He is fascinated by the freedom that modeling gives him when it comes to discovering new processes and tools. In fact, his work process differs depending on the project at hand, since he focuses more on the idea and how to carry it out than on continuously polishing the same technique.

Throughout his career as a 3D artist and illustrator, he has worked in different fields. At Rockstar VFX he collaborated with the advertising department, at Zebra Studio he developed his work as a 3D generalist, at Lienzo he modeled for video games, and at Huevo Cartoon he worked as a lightning artist.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparation of Interface and Project Folder

    • Mambacore and the process used
    • Basic interface and how to create a project folder
  • U3

    Modeling in "T" pose

    • Modeling Theory
    • Masks I
    • Masks II
    • Body I
    • Body II
    • Arms and Hands I
    • Arms and Hands II
    • Extras (Pens, nuts and spear)
  • U4

    Modeling with Instances and Mash

    • Instances, Mash and Patterns of the Feathers
    • Skirt
    • Feathers of the Mask
    • The horns
  • U5

    Rigs, Posed and Final Details

    • Rig of the Feathers
    • Body Rig I
    • Body Rig II
    • Camera and Process of Posed
    • Final stand, extra details and cables
  • U6

    Render and Postproduction

    • Initial settings and Lighting
    • materials
    • Passes for Postproduction and Final Adjustments
    • Postproduction in Photoshop
    • Postproduction in Photoshop II
  • FP

    Final project

    • 3D illustration in Maya

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Character Modelling in Maya. 3D, and Animation course by Fer Aguilera Reyes

Character Modelling in Maya

A course by Fer Aguilera Reyes
Illustrator and 3D Generalist. Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.
Joined March 2017
  • 98% positive reviews (189)
  • 3376 students