Run Cycle: Arms And Polish (Part 3/3)

Maya: Animation Basics

In This Class You’ll Access…
This is the final page of the Three Part Run Cycle Series, here you’ll see how to polish a cycle. Many other animation tutorials skip over the polish stage because it can be slow to teach. This page isn’t afraid to go into the details, so see the polish phase of this run here in all of the fiddly details.

The polish pass is one of the most difficult areas for beginners to master and unfortunately it’s one of the most boring areas too. This stage is super important. Pro animators will spend days (sometimes weeks) polishing animation and this is the area that can become very time consuming and not particularly fun, but this is the process that creates quality.

It’s important to see the tiny details here, all the referring back to reference and cross checking how the animation is progressing.

This class shows the often unseen part of animation and it’s important that students also go through this time consuming phase to understand how important it is in the process.

2017 Note
This page was recorded in Maya 2016. In Maya 2017 The Graph Editor has had a major revamp, but fortunately the changes are mostly visual and it’s also faster.

Almost all the tools and functionality remain the same and can be used in the same way. See the updated Graph Editor Page for any minor changes. (coming soon)

Running Time: 46 mins
Software: Maya 2016
Instructor: Andrew Silke

Class Time: 46 mins

1. Refining The Spine And Central Body (12 mins)

1.1 – Head Tracking (3:16 mins)
1.2 – Spine Adjustment (4:32 mins)
1.3 – Neck Tweaks (1:53 mins)
1.4 – Forwards Back Movement (2:47 mins)

2. Refining The Arms (11 mins)

2.1 – Arm Reference (1:20 mins)
2.2 – Fixing Arms (2:03 mins)
2.3 – Arm Pump (3:21 mins)
2.4 – Tweak Arm Pump (2:18 mins)
2.5 – Mirror Arm Anim (2:42 mins)

3. Hands And Fingers, Relaxing And Adding Details (8:16 mins)

3.1 – Hand Relax (2:52 mins)
3.2 – Mirror Wrist (1:21 mins)
3.3 – Wrist Polish (1:58 mins)
3.4 – Finger Animation (2:05 mins)

4. Polishing The Leg Animation (10 mins)

4.1 – Feet Relax (1:32 mins)
4.2 – leg Polish (3:47 mins)
4.3 – Feet Contacts (2:35 mins)
4.4 – Legs Together (1:19 mins)
4.5 – Knee Fix (1:01 mins)

5. Reviewing The Cycle (3:23 mins)

5.1 – Cycle Review (1:13 mins)
5.2 – Arm Offsets (1:17 mins)
5.3 – Conclusion (53 sec)
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