View Full Version : My New MAYA Character Rig tutorial..

05 May 2003, 02:00 AM
Hey guys... I finally finished it... I have made a new character Rig tutorial
that explaines in detail how to rig a character in maya from head to toe...
It features all kinds of neat things :) (well at least I think so)

You may have seen this on already, but I figured I should post it here also...

I am just about to graduate from the College for Creative Studies, and I
decided to make this tutorial to help other students get to the fun part
of 3D.... ANIMATING!

This rig is fast to build and fast to use... So please check it out and send your

My Site:


Oh.. and did I mention there is a little treat from Jason Schleifer
in there as well? :)


BTW: I'm looking for work :) if interested please write to:

Jake Callery
SubVoice Studios

05 May 2003, 02:54 AM
Thanks for the superb effort of putting together the tutorial.Im midway thru it at the moment, and im findin it excellent....and its been a big help for me.
Hope i an get back to you if i face any problms


05 May 2003, 07:49 AM
Hey man... no problem... Just trying to help some people out...

And if you happen to know of anyone that is hiring please
send them my way :thumbsup:

Thanks again for the reply!


05 May 2003, 01:52 AM

Sure will pass on any info i come across on jobs.
Well, right now Weta seems to be lookin for Character setup TDs
Since you know their Setup well, mabe u have a good chance :thumbsup:

Best of Luck on the job front.


05 May 2003, 07:15 PM
I have just recently graduated from the College for Creative Studies in detroit MI...

and your very welcome for the tutorial.... I just figured people should know this stuff so we can get to the fun part.... the animation...

thanks for your interest!!


05 May 2003, 07:07 AM
Hey there,

I found your tutorial to be insightful, and covers the basics very well. Although I might not agree with all your methods, you still show that you understand the concepts you cover. It's more important to know why you are doing something, rather than just doing it, especially regarding character setup. If you are looking at setup as a career, then I'd say you're putting the right foot forward and are on the right track.

I would suggest that you do a wide range of setups for a demo reel, and if you're a good MEL scripter, then show that you know your stuff.

Best of luck in the future, please keep me posted on your progress.



05 May 2003, 05:10 PM
Cool... thanks for the advice and the reply...
I am actually a character animator... however I needed to
make a setup that I could build very quickly and that was fairly
simply to put together... This rig was designed for college students that are just trying to get to the animation part...

If you don't mind could maybe give me a brief overview of some of the methods you would use as opposed to what I am using?
thanks! I've only been studing character rigging for about a year now.... so there is still lots for me to learn...

thanks so very much for your time!


05 May 2003, 09:30 PM
hi inspleak, thanks for the tut, its really cool that you've taken so much time to create a really polish tut. I'm trying to create a rig at the moment and was wondering if you IK back solution could be used for a back made up of more than 3 joints, say 10 joints?


05 May 2003, 09:59 PM
Actually yes... use the second spine method...
this uses spline IK and will handle as many spine joints
as you want...

good luck!


05 May 2003, 10:09 PM
Ok thanks.:)

05 May 2003, 07:11 AM
thx, checking it now

05 May 2003, 07:36 AM
Hey Jake!

How's it going I saw your real at the student show. nice stuff. I'll check out the rig now, as i am interested in it also. I didn't even know you posted here, and if it wasn't for halo, i would have never known!! good luck in getting a job.

05 May 2003, 01:07 PM
Ahh halo... bringing worlds together :)

Thanks C-Man.. good luck with your last year...


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