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Creating a Jurassic World Dinosaur Character in Maya: Part 2

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What You'll Be Creating

1. Blocking Head Mesh

Step 1

Start Maya and open the file which was saved in the last part of the tutorial. 

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Start Maya

Step 2

Jump in the side view. With the border edge loop of the neck selected apply Extrude command as shown in the following image.

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Extrude command 

Step 3

Keep extruding the edge loop in flow as per the reference image. You need to edit the vertices as well.

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Keep extruding the edge loop

Step 4

Keep extruding the edge loop up to the upper jaw as shown in the following image.

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Keep extruding the edge loop

Step 5

Following the same way, extrude the edges up to the lower jaw as shown in the following image.

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Extrude the edges

Step 6

Jump in the perspective view port to edit the shape of the head.

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Jump in the perspective view port 

Step 7

Keep editing the vertices of the head portion to match it with the head reference. 

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Keep editing the vertices

Step 8

With the indicated upper edge selected, extrude it downwards as shown in the following image.

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Extrude

Step 9

Insert one edge loop in between the extruded face as shown in the following image.

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Insert one edge loop

Step 10

Go to Mesh Tools > Append to Polygon command to create a closed face.

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Mesh Tools > Append to Polygon

Step 11

With Append to Polygon tool selected, click on the border edges and press Enter key to finish the command. It creates a closed face as shown in the following image.

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Append to Polygon tool

Step 12

Following the same way, keep creating closed faces wherever it is needed.

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Keep creating closed faces

Step 13

In this way, the upper jaw mesh is completed.

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The upper jaw mesh is completed

Step 14

Follow the same process for the lower jaw mesh also, which you did for the upper jaw mesh.

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Follow the same process

Step 15

Create closed faces with the help of Append to Polygon tool wherever it is needed.

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Append to Polygon tool

Step 16

Jump in the vertex selection mode and edit the vertices as per the reference images. 

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Jump in the vertex selection mode

Step 17

Go to Mesh Tool > Multi-Cut tool.

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Mesh Tool > Multi-Cut tool

Step 18

With the Multi-Cut tool selected, click on the edges around the mouth area and then press Enter key to finish the command as shown in the following image.

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Multi-Cut tool

Step 19

With the same Multi-Cut tool, insert several more edges for creating polygon loop topology for the face deforming for various expressions.

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Multi-Cut tool

Step 20

After creating the edge loops, edit the edges for the proper mesh flow. Keep creating and splitting edge loops wherever it is needed.

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Edit the edges

Step 21

Insert the indicated edges as shown in the following image.

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Insert the indicated edges

Step 22

Select the border edge loop of the inner mouth and apply Extrude command. Drag the extruded edge loop inside the mouth a bit as shown in the following image.

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Extrude command

Step 23

Meanwhile, jump in the vertex selection mode and edit the vertices of the body to maintain the proper mesh flow and topology.

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Jump in the vertex selection mode

Step 24

Go to Mesh Tool > Multi-Cut tool.

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Mesh Tool > Multi-Cut

Step 25

With the Multi-Cut tool selected, click around the mouth area as shown in the following image.

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Multi-Cut tool 

Step 26

Split several more edges as shown in the following image.

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Split several more edges

Step 27

Select the indicated triangulated edges and press Delete key. 

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Delete key

Step 28

Insert the indicated edge loop for a proper mesh flow as shown in the following image.

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Insert the indicated edge loop

Step 29

After modifying the topology, the mesh flow looks like the following image.

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Mesh flow

Step 30

Jump in the X-Ray mode and then adjust the vertices as per the reference image.

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Jump in the X-Ray mode

Step 31

With the indicated faces selected, apply Extrude command and drag the faces inwards a little bit as shown in the following image.

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Extrude command

Step 32

Press 3 key on the keyboard to see the mesh in smooth display as shown in the following image.

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Smooth preview

2. Creating Eyes

Step 1

Create an edge loop as shown in the following image. This is required to create the eye socket.

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Create an edge loop

Step 2

With the indicated vertex selected, go to Edit Mesh > Chamfer Vertex and split the vertex.

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Edit Mesh > Chamfer Vertex

Step 3

After splitting the vertex, you need to maintain the quad topology around the eye of the dinosaur.

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Maintain quad topology

Step 4

With the help of Multi-Cut tool, create four indicated cuts around the eye as shown in the following image.

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Multi-Cut tool

Step 5

Jump in the vertex selection mode and edit the vertices around the eye as shown in the following image.

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Jump in the vertex selection mode

Step 6

With the help of Insert Edge Loop tool, insert several edge loops around the eye as shown in the following image. 

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Insert Edge Loop tool

Step 7

Delete the centre face of the eye to create the eye hole as shown in the following image.

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Delete the center face 

Step 8

To add details to the head top, select the indicated edges and with the Shift key pressed, make a right mouse click on the selected edges and choose Connect Component command in the fly-out menu as shown in the following image.

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Connect Component command

Step 9

Delete the indicated edges to maintain the quad face topology.

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Delete the indicated edges

Step 10

Insert two parallel edge loops as shown in the following image.

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Insert two parallel edge loops

Step 11

To add details to the head and eye areas, select the indicated edges and with the Shift key pressed, make a right mouse click on the selected edges and choose Connect Component command in the fly-out menu as shown in the following image.

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Connect Component command

3. Creating Nostrils

Step 1

For creating nostrils, create two edge as shown in the following image.

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Creating nostrils

Step 2

With the indicated vertex selected, go to Edit Mesh > Chamfer Vertex and split the vertex as shown in the following image.

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Edit Mesh > Chamfer Vertex

Step 3

With the help of Multi-Cut tool, create five indicated cuts around the eye as shown in the following image.

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Multi-Cut tool

Step 4

Edit the vertices to maintain the mesh topology as shown in the following image.

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Edit the vertices

Step 5

To create the nostril hole, select the border edge loop and then use Extrude command. Drag the border edges inside a bit as shown in the following image.

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Extrude command

Step 6

After editing head mesh according to given reference it should look like given image.

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4. Detailing Tail

Step 1

Insert an indicated edge loop as shown in the following image.

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Insert an edge loop

Step 2

Zoom at tail tip and select the border edges.

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Zoom at tail tip 

Step 3

With the border edges selected, go to Mesh Tools > Append to polygon tool as shown in the following image.

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Mesh Tools > Append to polygon tool

Step 4

With Append to polygon tool selected, click on the parallel edges one by one to create the face as shown in the following image.

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Append to polygon tool

Step 5

Following the same way, create faces for all parallel edges as shown in the following image.

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Create faces for all parallel edges

Step 6

With the rest border edges selected, go to Mesh > Fill Hole command.

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Mesh > Fill Hole command

Step 7

In this way the tail modeling is completed. 

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Tail is done

Step 8

You can match the structure of the dinosaur with the reference images.

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Matched with reference image

Step 9

In this way, the head modelling is done. 

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Head modeling is done

Conclusion

In the next part of the tutorial, I'll show you how to create hand, foot and fingers of the dinosaur.

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