Character Animation and Expression with Maya

A course by Sagar Arun , Animator

Animator. Pleasanton, United States.
Joined April 2021

Discover the fascinating world of animation by learning its key principles and creating an animated character filled with emotion

  • 94% positive reviews (51)
  • 1693 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Discover the fascinating world of animation by learning its key principles and creating an animated character filled with emotion

A course by Sagar Arun

“If you’ve ever seen an animation where it makes you laugh or feel a certain emotion, that means the animator is doing their job really well.”

Evoking emotion and reaction from viewers is at the heart of animation. With names like Frozen 2 (2019) or Spirit: Untamed (2021) under his belt, renowned animator Sagar Arun is an expert in creating characters brimming with personality.

In this course, Sagar teaches you the fundamentals of animation and how to apply them to your work using Maya. Learn how to create an expression test with a character of your own design, and bring their emotions to life.

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What will you learn in this online course?

19 lessons & 13 downloads

Maya Tools 1
16 minutes, 20 seconds
Maya Tools 2
8 minutes, 19 seconds
Ball Bounce Fundamentals 1
19 minutes, 56 seconds
Ball Bounce Fundamentals 2
9 minutes, 33 seconds
Adding a Tail 1
18 minutes, 26 seconds
Adding a Tail 2
6 minutes, 14 seconds
  • 94% positive reviews (51)
  • 1693 students
  • 19 lessons (4h 6m)
  • 13 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an expression test with a character rig using the animation tools in Autodesk Maya

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is aimed at anyone passionate about animation who wants to create an entertaining and appealing character.

Requirements and materials

Basic understanding of Autodesk Maya is required.

To take this course, you need access to a computer with Maya installed and a character rig.


Reviews

1693 Students
51 Reviews
94% Positive ratings

Sagar Arun

A course by Sagar Arun

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Animator

Sagar Arun is an animator based in Northern California. He received a degree in computer animation from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2018. After working with a group of friends on a fan project for Avatar: the Last Airbender, Sagar’s animation abilities received wide recognition. He has created animations for Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Although Sagar’s career began just a few years ago, he has already created animations for a number of high profile films such as Frozen 2 (2019), Over The Moon (2020), Overwatch (2020), The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021), and Spirit: Untamed (2021) He is also currently animating for the video game industry.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Animation Fundamentals in Maya and Character Creation

    • Maya Tools 1
    • Maya Tools 2
    • Ball Bounce Fundamentals 1
    • Ball Bounce Fundamentals 2
    • Adding a Tail 1
    • Adding a Tail 2
  • U3

    Preparing a Character Expression Test

    • Idea Creation and Thumbnails
    • Introduction to a Character Rig
  • U4

    Creating an Expression Test

    • Blocking 1
    • Blocking 2
    • Blocking Plus 1
    • Blocking Plus 2
    • Spline 1
    • Spline 2
    • Polish 1
    • Polish 2
    • Presenting a Playblast in Maya and Exporting
  • FP

    Final project

    • Character Animation and Expression with Maya

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Character Animation and Expression with Maya. 3D, and Animation course by Sagar Arun

Character Animation and Expression with Maya

A course by Sagar Arun
Animator. Pleasanton, United States.
Joined April 2021
  • 94% positive reviews (51)
  • 1693 students