The Complexities And Wonders Of 3D Animation

Ani­ma­tion is defined as the rapid dis­play of a sequence of images in order to cre­ate an illu­sion of move­ment. There are sev­eral tech­niques used in ani­ma­tion, namely tra­di­tional ani­ma­tion, stop motion ani­ma­tion, and com­puter ani­ma­tion. Nowa­days, com­puter ani­ma­tion seems to be the way to go whether it be for a motion pic­ture, video pro­gram or any other means of pre­sent­ing animation.

Com­puter ani­ma­tion cov­ers a plethora of tech­niques, with the uni­fy­ing fac­tor being that it is dig­i­tally cre­ated on a com­puter. There are two kinds of com­puter ani­ma­tion, namely 2D ani­ma­tion and 3D animation.

2D ani­ma­tion fig­ures are cre­ated on the com­puter using 2D bitmap graph­ics or vec­tor graph­ics. This includes com­put­er­ized ver­sions of a num­ber of tra­di­tional ani­ma­tions tech­niques. 3D ani­ma­tion is dig­i­tally mod­eled and manip­u­lated by an ani­ma­tor. While the results of the two tech­niques vary greatly, 3D ani­ma­tion actu­ally relies on many of the same algo­rithms used in 2D animation.

A lot goes in to mak­ing a 3D ani­ma­tion, namely a vari­ety of algo­rithms, math­e­mat­i­cal func­tions, sim­u­lated fur or hair, effects such as fire and water and so much more. These can be achieved by using dif­fer­ent tech­niques, includ­ing photo real­is­tic ani­ma­tion, cel-shaded ani­ma­tion and motion capture.

Photo real­is­tic ani­ma­tion is used mainly if the animator?s goal is for the ani­ma­tion to resem­ble real life. Using advanced ren­der­ing tech­niques, an ani­ma­tor can make detailed skin, plants, water, fire, clouds and just about every­thing under the sun, as close to real life as they can. Cel-shaded ani­ma­tion is used to mimic tra­di­tional ani­ma­tion using com­puter graph­ics soft­ware. Ani­ma­tors can make shad­ing look stark and lessen the blend­ing of col­ors. Motion cap­ture is when a live actor wears a spe­cial suit that allows com­puter to copy their move­ments into com­puter gen­er­ated char­ac­ters. And that?s just a few of the tech­niques that fall under 3D dynam­ics. I believe that this is what makes 3D ani­ma­tion so pop­u­lar these days.

3D ani­ma­tion tech­niques allow an ani­ma­tor to cre­ate a vir­tual world in which char­ac­ters and objects move and inter­act. These tech­niques, when applied one on top of the other, also allows the images to seem more real­is­tic. It is for this rea­son that many 3D ani­ma­tions are used as visual effects for movies, or make up whole movies, that have been released for the bet­ter part of the past decade.

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 The Complexities And Wonders Of 3D Animation I’ve started design­ing web­sites while at Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton dur­ing my first Pho­to­shop 3.1 expe­ri­ence in 1996 on a Mac­in­tosh com­puter. I built my own com­put­ers (Win­dows PCs) with the help of a friend and have been dig­i­tally involved ever since. I am both Win­dows and PC lit­er­ate but grav­i­tate toward OSX. I’ve grad­u­ally got­ten back to my roots as a tac­tile artist / designer by work­ing more with tra­di­tional medi­ums like draw­ing, paint­ing, and mixed media.

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