The Art of Light and Shadows in Maya – Tutorial with Michael Davies

We’ve uploaded more Maya tutorials to our expanding Vimeo Tutorial Channel.

These latest videos teach the art of Lighting and Shadows in Maya with Michael Davies.  This new series of videos is an introduction to the basics of lighting and shadows in Maya, including Gobos and Effects.

Lighting & Shadows in Maya with Michael Davies
There are Three videos to watch:

  1. The Shadows. Depending on the desired output, there are quite a few settings that can change how shadows work in Maya (11 mins)
  2. The Gobos. Gobos are a lighting technique used traditionally in the Theatre to give the illusion of impressive sets (5 mins).
  3. Effects. Lights in Maya come with built-in effects that can change how these look in renders (13 mins). 


Michael Davies

About Michael Davies
Michael is our undergraduate program leader, and a digital artist with a long industry track record. His main areas of expertise are rigging and modelling, but he has also worked as a 3D generalist and supervisor. Michael is an Accredited Trainer for Maya at Autodesk, and also for Unreal Engine.

Michael has worked on many VFX blockbuster movies including Batman vs Superman, Doctor Strange and Thor Ragnarok.  He also rigged Smaug (The Hobbit) and The Minions for Illumination-McGuff.

You can find Lighting & Shadows in Maya with Michael Davies at our Vimeo Channel here.

The Escape Studios VFX Blog offers a personal view on the art of  visual effects. 

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