Rigging a character’s body is one thing – setting up the face? That’s a much more difficult challenge! This MAYA 2017 FACE RIGGING EXTENDED CUT TUTORIAL covers the solid foundational topics every character face rigger needs. Topics covered:

  • Creation and placement of joints to create proper animation.
  • Adding new joints and tweaking the placement of existing joints – even after the skin is bound to the skeleton!
  • Synching our topology with our joints for ideal deformation.
  • Adjusting topology and anatomy to animate correctly – while the mesh is already attached to the skeleton!
  • Animating our joints to create emotion poses – including all the major emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, disgust, fear, and surprise.
  • Painting skin weights to ensure proper deformation and animation of our face.
  • Iterating on joint placement, topology shape, skin weighting, and animation, to create more appealing face shapes.

This topic is so complicated, so in-depth, that this video is just PART 1 in a multi-part series. The next videos in the series will specifically cover material not shown here, such as phonemes, set-driven-keys, and creating a control panel for animation. The crucial techniques presented here cover the hard work of establishing the initial skeleton and skin weighting – the lion’s share of the work! The very same techniques are built on top of to create mouth shapes for talking – and that whole process will be MUCH easier after watching this video!

This video assumes you’ve already seen the JOINTS and SKINNING video – or are at least familiar with the topics covered there. This tutorial is split into separate chapters based on topic, making review easy.

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ALL female modeling EXTENDED CUT videos!

Want to learn everything you need to know to model a basic FEMALE CHARACTER MODEL? This is your package. Buying these videos individually will cost you 125% more!

PART 1 goes in depth tackling creation of the body mesh:

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PART 2 address the difficult challenge of face modeling in a simple and easy to follow method – that will leave you with a perfectly quadrangulated mesh!female-head-modeling-extended-cut-splash2



Part two of the ELLE female character creation series, this video goes in-depth with the head modeling process in Maya 2016. The focus here is on creating a properly topologized mesh – but also on creating an attractive and versatile face that can be reused again and again. Particular time is spent discussing anatomy tweaks and tips to get the right look.

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• 48:28 running time
• 1.11 GB file size

Or, buy it together with the BODY MODELING video for a discount!

Maya FEMALE BODY modeling tutorial video – EXTENDED CUT

Part one of the ELLE female character creation series, this video goes in-depth with the character modeling process in Maya 2016. Three times as long as the video on my YouTube channel, more time is spent elaborating on crucial topology creation issues, like the shoulder and the hips. And much more time is spent showing the anatomy creation process – which is absolutely vital to creating a compelling female body mesh!

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• 53:34 running time
• 1.11 GB file size


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The completed CHARACTER MODEL from the FEMALE character modeling series. It is ready to drop into your game, animation, or project.


  • Complete character mesh, ready for rigging, texturing, and sculpting
  • Completed UV mapping
  • Includes simple eyeballs with textures
  • Includes placeholder hair geometry & textures
  • Maya 2015 .MB file
  • .FBX file exported from Maya 2015

elle HEAD image planes

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The head has more detail than the rest of the body combined. It’s crucial to have high-res detail here, to catch tiny features of the face that smaller photos miss – and this is just the kind of detail these images have!

These front and side image planes are matched up with each other, meaning all you have to do is import them into your modeling software.

Instant digital download, get modeling!

elle BODY image planes

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High quality body photos, these image planes were shot and edited specifically for character modeling.

Included are a front view and a side view image, matched to each other to ensure you can hit the ground running, without any setup time.

Stored as JPGs to reduce file size and keep your video card and 3D software happy. Download instantly and start modeling!