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Creating a Jurassic World Dinosaur Character in Maya: Part 8

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What You'll Be Creating

1. Applying Materials on Body Mesh

Step 1

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

Start Maya
Start Maya

Step 2

Go to Geometry and set the SDiv label to as shown in the following image.

Go to Geometry
Go to Geometry

Step 3

Click on Dino mesh layer in the Subtool palette to apply the selected material on the mesh.

Click on Dino mesh layer
Click on Dino mesh layer

Step 4

With the body mesh selected, apply Skin shade in the Standard Materials section as shown in the following image.

Standard Materials
Standard Materials

Step 5

Press M button for material channel. Go to Color menu in main menu bar and then click on the FillObject button to apply the material on the selected body mesh.

FillObject button
FillObject button

2. Painting Body Mesh

Step 1

For the skin painting, first click on Rgb button and then select the light skin colour from the colour palette as shown in the following image. 

Click on Rgb button
Click on Rgb button

Step 2

With Rgb button pressed, go to Color menu in main menu bar and then click on the FillObject button to apply the material on the selected body mesh.

Go to Color menu
Go to Color menu

Step 3

Select the white colour shade and apply it on the nails as shown in the following image.

Select the white color shade
Select the white color shade

Step 4

With a bit darker skin colour shade selected, apply spray strokes on the skin as shown in the following image.

Apply spray strokes
Apply spray strokes

Step 5

Following the same procedure, keep painting the upper body skin as shown in the following image.

Upper body painting
Upper body painting

Step 6

In this way, the basic body colour has been applied on the dinosaur mesh.

Basic body color
Basic body color

Step 7

To add details to the mouth texture, go to Brush menu in main menu bar followed by Auto Masking option and then turn on Cavity Mask button.

Cavity Mask button
Cavity Mask button

Step 8

Expand the Cavity Mask curve settings and set the curve as shown in the following image.

Cavity Mask curve settings
Cavity Mask curve settings

Step 9

Click on Rgb button and then select the darker skin colour as shown in the following image.

Click on Rgb button
Click on Rgb button

Step 10

Paint the outer mouth surface and the rest of the body as shown in the following image.

Paint the outer mouth surface
Paint the outer mouth surface 

Step 11

Following the same way, paint the body mesh with the controlled brush strokes as shown in the following image.

Controlled brush strokes
Controlled brush strokes

3.  Applying Materials on Gums, Teeth and Eye Balls

Step 1

Select the Gum mesh under Subtool panel as shown in the following image.

Select the Gum mesh under Subtool panel
Select the Gum mesh under Subtool panel

Step 2

With the ToyPlastic material selected, apply it on the gum mesh.

ToyPlastic material
ToyPlastic material

Step 3

Press button for material channel. Go to Color menu in main menu bar and then click on the FillObject button to apply the material on the selected gum mesh.

FillObject button
FillObject button 

Step 4

Select the Teeth mesh under Subtool panel as shown in the following image.

Subtool panel
Subtool panel 

Step 5

With SoftPlastic material selected, press M button for Material Channel. Go to Color menu in main menu bar and then click on the FillObject button to apply the material on the selected teeth mesh.

SoftPlastic material
SoftPlastic material

Step 6

Following the same way, apply the ToyPlastic material with dark yellow colour on the eye balls as shown in the following image.

ToyPlastic material

Step 7

In this way, all basic materials and colours have been applied to the dinosaur body mesh.

Basic body color
Basic body color

Conclusion

In the next part of the tutorial, I'll show you how to paint gums, teeth, mouth, claws and nails of the dinosaur.

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