Four Poses (4P)

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Four Poses (4P)

    Using the the rig provided (or an approved alternative) create 4 poses, play-blasted out as individual jpeg images. Students should be mindful of  concept of  Valence and Arousal when planning these poses. The poses must be: Curious, Smitten (madly in love), Laughing (hilarious) and Embarrassed. Using the timed posing workflow from class, each finished pose should take no more than 40 minutes (10 minutes 'per pass' plus gathering reference). 

Make certain to gather reference, analyze it and have a plan before attempting to pose in 3d software. The level of expectation is very high for these poses, so second and third ‘passes’ will be needed to achieve a successful result. 
Before posing your character, remember to creating a shot camera, setting the position, rotation, and focal length for each pose. Check your staging carefully with the resolution gate (though be sure to turn it off before render). Don't forget to ‘lock’ the camera to prevent accidental changes.

Only the character rig can be used to convey the concept. You cannot have any labels, signs, props, background images, other characters, or environmental elements in your scene. While those other elements can help clarify or support a concept, the character pose alone should be enough

Be sure to apply all principles of good posing, including (but not limited to): Silhouette, Line of Action, Balance, Asymmetry, Flow lines, Rhythm and Exaggeration. 

This task will only require a single frame for each pose (4 frames). Note that the submission resolution is higher than usual. Featured principles of animation: Staging, Exaggeration, Posing (Solid Drawings), and Appeal.

What I'll be grading on this assignment: 
  1. Does the pose clearly convey the emotion intended? 
  2. Have you placed your camera to stage the character clearly and effectively? 
  3. Are you applying principles of posing like Balance, Line of action, Silhouette, etc.? (*)
  4. Are you using the character provided (or an approved alternative) ? 
  5. Have you handed in your work named correctly and in the correct format?
  6. Have you shown your work in progress for feedback and applied notes effectively?
Hand in will be as follows:
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution jpeg images (**)
  • No controls visible
  • No zip files please!
  • Each image will be named <Last>_<First>_<first letter>.jpg 
                            (eg. Latour_David_S.jpg for the Smitten pose)

An excellent example of the poses used in this assignment - by Julie-Lyn Shaw

If you're struggling with the Advanced Skeleton toolset, be sure to review the tutorial videos on this YouTube Channel: Advanced Skeleton


Some handy pages about posing to start with. There is lots of info out there:  research this!

Larry Lauria - on posing

(*) Some sub-principles of posing include:

Line of Action - the internal forces within a pose, especially through the core of the body
Silhouette - the 'readability' of the pose outline, including elements framed within the outline.
Balance - how the mass of the body is supported also considering inertia and external forces.
Structure - avoid 'breaking the bones' of your character, staying within reasonable limits.
Asymmetry - variation between features on opposite sides of the body (arms, legs, brows etc.)
Flow Lines - external contours that guide your audience's eye to important information.
Rhythm - contrast between straight and curving lines in the pose to add visual appeal.

(**) Terrible quality jpeg images from Maya?

Try adding the following to your Maya.env setup file (located in your Maya setup Documents>Maya>2020>..) 

If you don’t already have one, create a text file called Maya.env in your Maya profile area. This file is for setting all kinds of Maya environment variables. The variable you want to add to the text file is:


100 being maximum quality. All the different variables are in the Maya help documents. For example, there’s one for setting jpeg sub-sampling options too.