It’s World Series time and no matter if you’re rooting for the Cubs or the Indians, you can play along with some Maya Baseball Tutorials. Model a baseball, animate a bat hitting the ball, and model a baseball cap in Maya! (Go Cubs!)
Maya Baseball Tutorials: Model a Baseball in Maya
This in-depth tutorial from Alex Cheparev uses some non-traditional modeling techniques to model a baseball.
Alex Cheparev has TONS of tutorials and a great résumé, including working on films such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (modeling and rigging: Framestore), The Giver (senior modeler), and Narcos (senior modeler). I LOVE Narcos! I can’t wait for season 3!
Download the Baseball Texture Map
The baseball texture that Alex used can be downloaded from Deviant Art. It can be used in any 3D program and even in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and other hosts with the Boris Continuum Complete BCC Sphere. It was originally created in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop by an artist named SeRHeLL.
Maya Baseball Tutorials: How to animate a bat hitting a baseball
Mike Hermes explains how to animate a baseball bat hitting a baseball in Maya 2014.
Maya Baseball Tutorials: Model a Baseball Cap in Maya
Jeff Slominsky Tutorials has a quick and easy set of tutorials on modeling a baseball cap in Maya.
Part 1, Model the Cap
Creating the UV map for a hat
You can add your own team’s logo as well!
Jeff Slominsky also has a ton of tutorials. Check out his channel, Free Maya Tutorials