Process for Modeling a (poly) Sub Division Head
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This �tutorial� is for Maya version 3. It will work with Base, Complete, or Unlimited. This tutorial is aimed at the intermediate user who is familiar with Maya, and has a basic understanding with Subdivision surfaces.

NOTE!!!! This �tutorial� is not conclusive. It is designed to demonstrate a workflow, and will not teach you proportion or how to creatively use the tools mentioned. This tutorial will also not teach the user about muscles of the face or aesthetics. I leave those responsibilities up to the user. In this tutorial, also note that I �block in� everything I do. I make modifications after I have the basic structure in place. This tutorial is designed to show the viewer how to go from point A (a blank screen) to point B (having a 3d model of a head) Another thing to note, is that this tutorial can be used for a plain old polygon head, or for a subdivided head.

Step 1: The sphere.

If we had to break the head down into primitive shapes, the cranium would take on the shape of a sphere with a cylinder attached to the front for the face. For modeling purposes, we can modify the shape of the sphere to achieve different planes of the head. So Create>PolygonsPrimitive>Sphere [option] The settings should be:

Subdivisons around axis 11 and Subdivisions along height 10. Make the Axis Y

Step 2: Eyes and nose.

Here we�ll use push and pull vertices to make room for eye sockets. Another tool that will allow us to modify the mesh is Edit Polygons>Split Polygon Tool. Also used is Edit Polygons>Extrude Face. For more information on these tools see Maya Help, or another tutorial located here: www.etrinsic.com/testsite/bweaver/misc/subdiv/Untitled-1.htm

Step 3: Lips and chin

Use the Edit Polygons>Split Polygon Tool to cut out and modify a generic pair of lips and block in a chin. Remember, at this point we are just getting the basic structures of the head in place. You can use a reference if you want for a basic guide.