Maya Tutorials


I just thought Id share some of my bookmarks with the board. Heres a few online Maya Tutorials. If you have any you would like to add please post them below.

EDITED: December 8. 2004 ( Massive Revision! )
Last Update: January 7. 2005

Basic Nurbs Modeling

Model a Helmet

Modeling A Head using Nurbs-Poly Technique

Basic Curves

Spiral Modeling

Braid Modeling

Creating Smooth Wireframes with Maya

Modeling a Spaceship

Fish Modeling

Modeling a Webcam

How to make rounded corners with nurbs

Avanced Nurbs Modeling

Modeling a Speed Boat

Car Tire

Steering Wheel with Maya

Sport Car Seat

Car Wheel Rim

Circular Fillet and Trim Modeling

Its all in the Eyes

Basic Polygon Modeling

Tennisball Modeling

Twist Modeling

Advanced Polygon Modeling

Modeling an F1 Ferrari

Subaru WRX

Nissan 350’s tutorial

Head Modeling

Ford Focus Tutorial

Terrains in Maya Part I

Terrains in Maya Part 2 - Sloping Terrains

Modeling Using Connect Poly Shape

Head Modeling Tutorial

Subdivision Surface Modeling

Modeling Head using Sub-Di Techniques

SubDivision Surfaces

Creating A 3D Ear

Head Modeling

Modeling of a Human

Rendering/Material Tutorials

Maya Rendering Techniques

Jittered Tiles

Maya & Mental Ray Volume Scattering

Mental Ray Depth of Field

Making Water Shader

Toon Shader

Glossy Reflections

A full tutorial for DGS shaders,2&Board=MayaMR&Number=165969&page=&view=&sb=&o=

Realistic Reflections - Fresnel and HDRI

Hand Texturing

Camer Projection

Painting on 3D Objects

Material & light tutorial

UV Mapping in Maya

Using Physical DOF lensshader

Human Skin Shading

Real HDRI with MR for Maya!

Non Photo Realistic Shading in Maya

Breath Vapor Simulation in Maya

Car Headlights / Misc Lamps

Mental Ray Caustics

Randomly Shuffled Texture Tiles

Animation/Rigging Tutorials

Simple Animated Chain Tutorial

Character Rigging Tutorial

Character Setup

Character Rigging - PDF file

Isolating bone Movement with Constraints

Basic Face Rig Tutorial

Animating Tank Treads

Creating Easily Animatable Tank Treads

Animating a Wheel

Rigging of Cane-Toad

Character Rigging for Maya

Rigging A Vehicle

Specific Tutorials

How to create DNA

How to create a Flower

gpExport - A Maya Exporter

solve non manifold polygonal boolean operations

NURBS- Artery with Maya

Mechanical Stairs

Low-Poly/SubD To Nurbs Conversion - A Tongue

Hydraulic Cylinder Setup

MEL - How to

Hair/Fur Tutorials

Using Softbodies and PaintFX to create dynamic hair

Digital Hair

Using Fur to create a “BrushStroke” effect

PaintFX Hair - Getting Started

Maya Fur: Adding Fur to the Tennisball

Dynamics/Particles Tutorials

Dynamics Tutorial


Websites With Various Tutorials

Please contribute if you know of others. :smiley:


thanks! :wavey:


That’s cool thanks buddy, next month im gonne do a half-year-maya-course and i cant wait to start maya-ing

so this really helps me out then aight :bounce:

thanks m8



hi Just curious. where you are going to take the maya course?


I know VFS offers a 6 month MAYA course, I took it 2 and a half years ago
it was great


ok dudes,
this one is a huge charachter modelling tut…

and this one i feel is even more kick ass…

the one above is in french and its done using max…but you gotta b blind if you cant follow.
and if you want to be spoon fed further then go to and type in joan of arc tutorial…and it will give you a link to the same page but will offer to translate it(the page) for you…could you ask for more !!!..thank google.

if this page ever comes online…it’s worth a look for us mayans…

i think i have these tuts stored on my comp.
ok, i gotta go for a infected mushroom gig now(yayyyyy)…catch u guys on the other side…hehe


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!!!:eek: That doesn’t sound too good.


thanks a lot…

:bounce: :bounce:


Hey guys, thanks for the links…
I’m super new to MAYA and I predict that I’ll have tons of trouble learning it…
Hope, those tutorials help…:surprised

#10 - holy jesus - ready made scene of an explosion blasting up a house - tutorials on natural phenomenas, … - how to animate a polygonal tree with maya - very nice stuff - very advanced using mel a lot - may inspire you to go with mel - see for yourself - an index of tutorials for maya - rhonda graphics top ten maya tips & tricks - another directory with links to maya tutorials - chalmers medialab - basic level tutorials - the alias wavefront power animator bible - answers to some basic FAQs


this one’s off topic but i thought to pass this on anyway because i was looking for something like that for ages - Gilgamesh posted this link in the modelling forum

figure drawing, andrew loomis -


Hey, thanks for the multiple links, will use them over the time…
But any of you guys have tutorials in pdf format? That will really be handy…

#13 - another index of tutorials


awesome animation tutorials.


wicked :bounce:


Without actually going through all those links to see if it’s already been posted somewhere else, I’m posting a link to a tutorial I wrote on the REVERSE FOOT IK rig. Sorry if someone else already posted something similar.

Written from a students perspective, I think it’s easy to understand for even the most basic of animators.

Happy riggin’! :smiley:


Hi there!!!
I am totally new to Maya!
but i am very interested in know how to model a character’s head using Maya at the moment!
So anyone out there can suggest any help or links of such tutorials to me?
Thank you all in advance!!!


Heres a very good, and very detailed head modelling tutorial for Maya.


Wow, thats an excellent tutorial. Thanks!:smiley:


thanks buddy!!
thats a good tutorial!
hmm if u guys have any more please feel free to post up!
thanks man!
really need all the help now for a Maya idiot like me!
thank you all in advance again!