Does anyone have any experience working with Maya, and if so, was there a particular resource that made it easier for learning it? I need to learn Maya at work at least to my current skill level in C4D for the production guys upstairs in order to remain useful to them as a viable resource (tried pleading my case for Cinema 4D, to no effect).
Which makes me wonder, how many animators in the industry actually use Maya? I know the current design consensus shows Maya as being the most used, but I don't know of anyone who uses it as their primary 3D package.
Thanks for the info, Rob! I have been following some of the Lynda tutorials but I have never been a big fan of the instructors from Lynda. They zipped extremely fast through the material, and made very little mention of stuff I'd consider to be basic necessities, like viewport controls.
Would definitely appreciate any more book references when you find them.
So the Digital Tutors tutorials have been extremely helpful. I bought the basic monthly subscription and have been plowing through the courses. Definitely have been worth the money. I started with the rigging tutorials today, after putting them off for a bit; I had been dreading them considering the headaches and frustration rigging had caused me when trying to figure it out in Cinema 4D.
Rigging in Maya is phenomenally easier and less wonky than in C4D. To give examples, I had tried countless tutorials for rigging with joints in C4D only to end up with nothing that resembled a proper joint chain, nor could I manage to bind the joints to the mesh despite following the instructions verbatim. One 3-minute Maya tutorial giving a general workflow of rigging, and I was able to create a stable, working IK chain bound to an arm mesh.
While I still do miss Xpresso, I'm thinking Maya will be replacing C4D as my primary 3D suite. I've noticed a drastic decline in my frequency of headaches since I've started digging into Maya.
Thanks again @robmonstro and @CopperSoffit for your recommendations. Big help.
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