New DVD Release! Portrait Production - Creating a Realistic Portrait in Maya

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In this DVD, Instructor Tony Reynolds takes you through the process of creating and rendering out a portrait using Mental Ray in Maya 2011. Tony starts off by taking a previously sculpted head from ZBrush and shows you how to prepare and export the model for Maya. From there he goes into great detail on all the Maya setup and settings, lighting with Mental Ray, simple and advanced skin shader setup, skin textures, rendering eyes, rendering teeth, rendering a tongue, creating hair for the face and head, using render layers, and compositing the render layers in Photoshop. 

About the Instructor:
Tony Reynolds has been training in the visual arts from a young age, and started his video game career in 2005. He has worked at Electronic Arts and Sony Online Entertainment, Austin, where he is currently the Lead Senior Character and Technical Artist.

Anonymous (not verified)

April 20, 2011 - 2:56am

Well done.. cheers! But...
How an artist today with so many platforms and render systems
will learn from this dvd?

At least max users can generate sss maps following the eat 3D tutorial in
Autodesk 3ds Max 2011 - CAT, Slate, Viewport Canvas, Rendering, and More
but not quiet so stunning like in this one.

Tnx Eat 3D for so much help, and wishes to find soon tutorials
showing Maya-Mray and Max-Vray alternatives as well.

Thanks a lot!

Koonal (not verified)

April 11, 2011 - 2:34am

Sir its very nice of you to make such a great tutorial on sss.
its a very excellent tutorial but if you can tell us or make a tutorial on how to make maps u have provided in this dvd it will be very helpful for all of us.
as i dont know how to makee maps for epidermal,subdermal,roughness etc.
or if you no any tutorial or link explaning how to make such maps pls send it on


Chand (not verified)

March 31, 2011 - 11:42am

This is awesome...can't express my words..Please add some more Maya tutorials... Cheers sir Tony Reynolds...


February 12, 2011 - 3:19pm

very nice


February 1, 2011 - 12:49am

got the tutorial yesterday and i gotta say this guy should teach classes at the jc. the step by step way he goes into every node and detail of what hes doing is amazing! i have gotten dvd tutorials before and the modeler/texture guy goes so fast and sometimes use secret downloads and scripts (that they don't even provide)! but mr Reynolds here sticks to the 3 programs from start to finish and every node is cooked up in maya with no outside tricks! so from start to finish we get the whole project and look of what you see here! the only draw back i can see is now that we know there is an artist of this caliber who can teach in a way you can actually follow along, we might have to raise the bar for following tutorials (not on this site of course!) i only ask for more and soon from this guy, maybe a robo-mech bust or military uniform, more clothes and textures of materials because you have smashed the skin texture tutorial! i really hope the market is strong for more maya tutorials of this level!

Markover (not verified)

January 24, 2011 - 1:07am

I need this for 3ds max.

Matin (not verified)

January 20, 2011 - 7:13am

very awesome
thanks for new product

Anonymous (not verified)

January 18, 2011 - 10:45am

omg.. finally - the maya-way!
appreciate it!


January 15, 2011 - 9:24pm

Thanks for all the comments guys Smiling
We are glad you are enjoying the tutorial!

sono (not verified)

January 15, 2011 - 9:18pm

Maya, Zbrush y photoshop la mejor combinacion...excelente trabajo

mcasalino (not verified)

January 14, 2011 - 8:16pm

Great work Tony.

Kaj (not verified)

January 14, 2011 - 7:14am

Really Badass. Wish it was for Max though, cause I'm really a noob with Maya ;/

Jodi (not verified)

January 12, 2011 - 2:59pm

I'd like to see more Maya dvds. There is enough 3ds Max stuff out there, and I and a lot of people don't use max.


January 11, 2011 - 3:28pm


Anonymous (not verified)

January 11, 2011 - 2:29pm

I am a maya user and i am really glad this stuff appeared cuz the render is awesome!!!


January 11, 2011 - 2:06pm

thats not awesome Sad bad start for 2011 ^^

Anonymous (not verified)

January 11, 2011 - 1:55pm



January 11, 2011 - 1:06pm

I smashed my desk when I read this DVD is for maya!