Getting started with Maya

Getting started…

Step one: Download Maya from Autodesk. They offer a free version for students, and aren’t we all students in life? Or if you’d like download Blender instead. Blender is a free open-source program that I’ve never personally touched but the reviews I’ve read (after having already developed a decent familiarity for Maya) say the Blender is equal to Maya in many ways and superior in others… like price: it’s FREE!

After that, download and install the Renderman plugin for Maya (or Blender if that’s the road you take). This is the software that really gives you a polished look… and it is also FREE (for the non-commercial version)! If you plan on making a living off these things, save yourself the endless bankrupting litigation and purchase legal commercial copies.