Learning new stuff: Digital tutors and scripting in Maya

Well… Long time no update…

I started to work at boutiq ag, an animation and motion graphics production company in Zurich. There’s only one other 3D artist so we pretty much have to tackle anything that is thrown at us. Which is why I have been trying to learn as much as possible!

Mainly I have been watching a lot of Digital Tutors tutorials. I can only recommend them. There are so many topics to choose from, it’s amazing. Some lessons are better (or at least clearer for me) than others but the overall quality is really good. For now I have been concentrating on learning Realflow, mental rendering techniques (shaders, sub surface scattering, global illumination, render passes, etc.) and brushing up on mel and python scripting.  Houdini is next on my list…

I have also decided to work some more on my scripting skills. I just bought 2 books: MEL Scripting for Maya Animators and Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional. I won’t be recieving them for a few weeks so in the meantime here are some cool internet links I’ll be checking out:

If anyone knows of any other good ressources, please let me know! Thanks!