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Introducing Maya 2009 by Dariush Derakhshani

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Chapter 9. More Animation!

Now that you have a little more animation experience, you can get into some more involved animation practices and toolsets, taking the principles covered in this book and its examples further. Animation is a growing exploration, and you should use this book as a stepping-off point. For everything you're being exposed to here, there are many more techniques to discover.

Topics in this chapter include:

  • Skeletons and Kinematics

  • Skeletons: The Hand

  • Inverse Kinematics

  • Basic Relationships: Constraints

  • Basic Relationships: Set Driven Keys

  • Application: Rigging the Locomotive

Skeletons and Kinematics

In your body, your muscles move your bones and, as your bones move, parts of your body move. Bones are your internal framework.

In CG animation, ...

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