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Bjorns Maya Facerigging tutorial

In this video tutorial series I will be taking you through my entire process rigging a face in Maya from start to finish.

The face rig will be production ready and able to tackle a very wide range of motion including squash and stretch.

You will also get the scripts that I use for setting up the rig. These include the

follicle connect script, Extract blendshapes, gridPlaceObjects, CreateCounterGrp, findCenterOfSelection and the distanceReader.py

This tutorial is recorded in Autodesk Maya and no other software will be used.

This tutorial series assumes that you know basic navigation in Maya.


20 videos of more than two hours of video and a zip with resources for download.

Videos to download:

  • Lesson 01 - Checking geometry and creating main controllers for the face.
  • Lesson 02 - Constrainting controllers and adding jaw joint with skinning.
  • Lesson 03 - Sculpting shapes part 1 of 6
  • Lesson 04 - Sculpting shapes part 2 of 6
  • Lesson 05 - Sculpting shapes part 3 of 6
  • Lesson 06 - Sculpting shapes part 4 of 6
  • Lesson 07 - Sculpting shapes part 5 of 6
  • Lesson 08 - Sculpting shapes part 6 of 6
  • Lesson 09 - Connecting Ctrl and Shp 1
  • Lesson 10 - Connecting Ctrl and Shp 2
  • Lesson 11 - Fixing controller translation
  • Lesson 12 - Working on lips
  • Lesson 13 - creating sub lip controllers
  • Lesson 14 - connecting final shapes
  • Lesson 15 - squash and stretch
  • Lesson 16 - fleshy eyes and mid brow
  • Lesson 17 - lip compress
  • Lesson 18 finishing the rig
  • Extra lesson - shape editor
  • Extra lesson - extract shapes script


Scripts: follicle connect script, Extract blendshapes, gridPlaceObjects, CreateCounterGrp, findCenterOfSelection and the distanceReader.py

Wip files, ‘18 files - maya2016 - 2017 - compatible for each lesson’

Diffuse map: TextureMap.png

reference photo library of face shapes, male & female. ‘ 19 photos’

Blendshapes list: Blendshapes_list.pdf

User license:

The content and it’s concept provided in this package including designs may only be used for educational purposes and is not to be used commercially or sold.

Please do not share or distribute this content online or elsewhere as doing so will undermine the foundation of creation of these tutorials.

Thank you for the support and happy learning!

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