3D Hair Creation with Maya XGen

A course by Juan Paulo Mardónez
Designer. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined January 2019
, Designer

Learn an effective and simple method to create a 3D character's fur

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (123)
  • 2210 students

Learn an effective and simple method to create a 3D character's fur

Recreating a digital imitation of a real 3D phenomenon is a very difficult technical and creative challenge, such as simulating the water, movement or hair of a character. In this course you will focus on hair and learn to approach its creation in an understandable and easy to apply way, by Juan Paulo Mardónez - 3D designer and founder of Leyenda Producciones - who has been involved in animated commercials for more than 25 years. visual effects with renowned advertising agencies such as BBDO, among others.

In this course Juan Paulo will teach you his techniques to create the hair of a 3D character. You will learn their working method and how to use Maya (2018 or higher) to create iterations of fur in a work process where the error is welcome: Juan will tell you how to solve it.

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What will you learn in this online course?

22 lessons & 17 downloads

What will we do in this course?
2 minutes, 54 seconds
Basic concepts
13 minutes, 23 seconds
Viewport Preparation
9 minutes, 10 seconds
Interactive Xgen Tools
7 minutes, 57 seconds
The importance of prototyping
17 minutes, 11 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (123)
  • 2210 students
  • 22 lessons (4h 28m)
  • 17 additional resources (3 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

You will create different types of hair for a 3D character, sculpt multiple fur attributes, illuminate the scene and make renders of presentation.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To illustrators, designers, modelers and creators of characters for any type of 3D production.

Requirements and materials

You will need basic knowledge of 3D modeling and 3D Maya management.
What materials do you need? A computer with the software 3D Maya (2018 or higher) and Adobe Photoshop.


2210 Students
123 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Juan Paulo Mardónez

A course by Juan Paulo Mardónez

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Juan Paulo Mardónez is the general director and owner of Leyenda, an animation and visual effects studio in Santiago, Chile. In 1994 he began his career as a graphic designer and soon after he went fully into 3D creation. In this couple of decades he has worked in all areas of 3D production of his company. He currently works with his Legend team "from the trench", learning and solving problems.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in this course?
  • U2

    Introduction to Interactive Xgen

    • Basic concepts
    • Viewport Preparation
    • Introduction and optimization of the Xgen Interface
    • Interactive Xgen Tools
    • The importance of prototyping
    • Applying modifiers the prototyping
    • Prototyping in depth
    • Final considerations in prototyping
  • U3

    Project in Interactive Xgen

    • References and character design
    • Geometry review and improvement possibilities
    • Creation of coat and orientation descriptions
    • Sculpting the length and shape
    • Adding Modifiers
    • Final touches (part 1)
    • Final touches (part 2)
  • U4

    Lighting and presentation

    • Illumination and render of the character (part 1)
    • Illumination and render of the character (part 2)
    • Illumination and render of the character (part 3)
    • Postproduction in Photoshop
  • FP

    Final project

    • 3D Hair Creation with Maya XGen

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3D Hair Creation with Maya XGen. 3D, and Animation course by Juan Paulo Mardónez

3D Hair Creation with Maya XGen

A course by Juan Paulo Mardónez
Designer. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined January 2019
  • 100% positive reviews (123)
  • 2210 students