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Thanks a lot! This is a pretty daunting question to answer because Maya is a HUGE program and it’s easy for beginners to get lost in the hideous seas of Lambert 1. I also learned pretty much all the basics thanks to the help of teachers and colleagues on a curriculum that eased me into it…because it’s incredibly overwhelming. (I cried a lot when I was learning Maya for the first time at school true story VERY STRESS)
I’d recommend looking into Digital Tutors and Lynda.com if you really want to get into it. Their tutorials are really thorough and I don’t think a lot of their practices are too far off “industry standard” though I don’t really use them terribly often. Youtube has a ton of tutorials of course, but their quality of instruction can vary quite a bit. Start with simple modeling projects to get familiar with the interface before anything else!
Answering these together because they’re pretty related — you can scope out all my usual drawing supplies HERE! I also carry a Moleskine sketchbook currently, but I pretty much always switch to a different brand every time I buy a new book. I like the texture of Moleskin but it scans really ugly. But, I am of the opinion that it doesn’t really matter what materials you’re using, it’s all a matter of personal preference and how you choose to use them. Try different things and find what you like!
For my digital sketches, I almost exclusively use Kyle T. Webster’s brushes. The 2B pencil and 25 px charcoal pencil are my favorites for sketching. They’re not free, but they’re well worth it I think.
As far as these “good, dynamic poses” you speak of…HUH. I’m (relatively) fresh out of college with an animation degree, so I had to think a lot about characters in motion and how to make strong poses. Check out some sites about line of action and gesture drawing. There are a lot of resources for this on animation sites by people who are much more qualified than I am. It’s something that comes with practice! I still think I have a ton of learning to do idk I just try to draw with a certain amount of tension and movement and not bore myself too much but it probably all ends up being the same poses anyway!