Need image planes for your model? Try googling for reference images or blueprints. E.g “Car Reference image”, “Car blueprint image”.  You could also try the keyword “Turnaround sheet”.

Click here to read how to set up Maya for the correct scale in Unreal


Assignment Brief 1 – Due: 03/11/2017
Assignment Brief 2 – Due: 11/12/2017
Assignment Brief 3 – Due: 09/02/2018

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Unit 66 3D Modelling

Topic 1 – Applications of 3D and Introduction to Maya

PP – Applications of 3D and Maya Intro

Important initial settings: Autosave, Incremental save and undo

Creating a project/setting

Barrel Tutorial Video – Upload Point: Barrel Task

Coliseum Tutorial Video Part 1 – Coliseum Tutorial Video Part 2 – Upload Point: Coliseum Task

Wine Glass Surfaces Tutorial Video


Topic 2 – Theories of 3D Modelling & Modelling Techniques

PP – Theories of 3D Modelling & Modelling Techniques

PP – Displaying 3D polygon animations

Topic 3 – Modelling and Maya Basics

Creating a toy train tutorial

Toy Train Image Planes

Bonus: Geometry sculpting – Creating basic waster – Creating twisted rope

Topic 4 – Designing 3D Models

Topic 5 – Creating 3D Character Models Tutorials

Link to an excellent book on character creation. Available from the library.

Starting with a basic polygon cube with subdivision settings of: Width: 2, Height 5, Depth 1. Use the extrusion tool to create a low poly human character.

To set up your image planes go to View > Image Plane > Import Image, then select your file(s).

Low Poly Character Creation Tutorial (Link includes reference images) (No Sound)

Topic 6 – UV Texturing 3D models

PP – UV Mapping and Texturing

Basic tutorial textures

Basic Video tutorials: Crate – Cylinder – Cereal Box

Soldier tutorial files

Soldier video tutorial

Topic 7 – Creating 3D models for a game

Topic 8 – Evaluating your 3D models

Free texture sites: