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Introduction to Maya for Animators

Practice Essential Animation Exercises With Erik A. Castillo


This introductory workshop is geared towards individuals pursuing a career in CG character animation and those with an interest in the field. The primary objective is to provide you with an introduction to the intricacies of animation using Maya, yet in an easy-to-digest manner.

Taught by Erik A. Castillo, former Animation Artist at DreamWorks, this comprehensive workshop aims to demonstrate that, while Maya may appear daunting at first, with the proper guidance, it can be significantly simplified. Additionally, the workshop aims to impart a methodology for approaching the craft of animation by prioritizing key aspects before progressing to more advanced concepts.

This 3.5-hour video guide encompasses a range of essential exercises, including a bouncing ball and pendulum animation, in addition to introductory lessons covering constraints. Subscribers will also have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the 12 principles of animation, presented using Erik’s easy-to-understand approach.

Upon completion of this workshop, artists will have developed a fundamental proficiency in Maya, accompanied by a refined understanding of the fundamental principles that are integral to animation — primarily with regard to timing and weight. This knowledge will serve as a solid foundation for continued advancement and exploration into more intricate mechanics-driven exercises.

The demonstrations in the workshop utilize ProRigs.

Duration: 3h 02m

Format: HD 1920x1080


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Erik A. Castillo

Animation Artist

Erik A. Castillo is a lifelong lover of animation and film, and he’s been fortunate to turn his passion into a thriving career. From bringing beloved characters to life on the big screen to nurturing the next generation of animators as a professor, his experiences have been incredibly fulfilling. But it's not just about the work: he truly believes in the power of education, inspiration, and mentorship, and he’s honored to be able to share his knowledge and expertise with students and aspiring animators. He loves helping artists reach their goals and realize their dreams in the exciting world of CG character animation. Follow Erik’s career on LinkedIn.

  • If you have the opportunity to work with Erik, you should jump at the opportunity! Erik is a fantastic animator and has a strong understanding of the entire process of animation production: Pre-Production, Production, and Post. During his time with us at DreamWorks, Erik worked on two very demanding productions: Fast and Furious: Spy Racers and Kung Fu Panda: Dragon Knight. I can say without hesitation that the storytelling and animation quality on these two productions would not be what they are if it weren't for Erik. Whether it would be as an animator on your project or as a team leader, Erik would bring enthusiasm, professionalism, and a commitment to storytelling that would bring out the best in your project and those around him.

    - Ernest Chan
    Animation Supervisor at DreamWorks