12. Animation

Maya was built for animation. Almost anything you encounter can be animated, such as a color, a texture, an object’s shape, or the intensity of a light. When combined with the techniques explored in Chapters 10 and 11, Maya allows you to undertake complex character animation (Figure 12.1).

Figure 12.1. Raf Anzovin animated this leaping character with Maya’s animation tools.


Most animation is accomplished by setting keyframes. The term keyframe has its origin in traditional hand-drawn animation, in which a lead animator creates key poses of a character—drawings at the beginning and end and other vital points of an action—and an assistant ...

Get Maya 7 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual Quickstart Guide now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.