New to Maya so please bare with me and I don't exactly know where to look up this problem. But just started doing Maya tutorials on lynda.com and it seems objects in the scene don't render. Even viewing the character, it doesn't show color where it seems its not going to render. For example, his face is grey where it should have color and when I render, the face is completely black except for the eyes and other parts of the body. Can anyone help please?
Open your render view window and try to render a frame with Maya software, then try Maya hardware, then try Mental ray. There are some shaders that are Mental Ray specific and will not show up with a Maya Software render. Give it a try, hope that helps.