3D animation: Experience the art of 3D movements

Wharf Street Strategies
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4 min readJul 3, 2019


The animation is all about placing a set of pictures in a proper sequence so as to form a complete scene. Thereby, animation holds great importance in the perspective of video forming, which is an essential part of the multimedia industry. Broadly, to form a video, we need to post around 24 pictures in a single second, that appears to be playing as a video to the viewer. There are mainly three types of animation which are animation in:-

  • One-dimension
  • Two-dimension
  • Three-dimension

Whereby, each of them having its own significance, here in this article, we will be studying the significance of 3-D Animation, it’s future perspective and application.

What do we understand by 3-D Animation?

There are a couple of animation methods, however in the case of 3-dimensional animation we study about the movement of an object in a 3-D space, thereby, there are three coordinates associated with the study of the object’s motion that can move up and down, left and right and inwards and outwards. However, to study all the aspects of an object in the 3-D space, we take the use of 3-D software, where the object is studied using the following three parameters:-

  • Modeling
  • Layout
  • Animation

Modeling: In this phase, we study the basic procedures involved in generating the image of the 3D object in a particular scene

Layout: Following the modeling phase, we study about the positioning of the object in the applicable scene under the layout phase

Animation: This is the final phase, in which we bring the object into motion in the available space

The perfect combination of all these three sections facilitates the complete functionality of the object in 3-D space, for this, we have a large number of software available in the market ranging from the pro ones to the affordable ones!

The basic difference between the 2-D Animation and the 3-D Animation

As we discussed in the earlier context that all the three modes of Animation have its own significance, while the 2-D animation is used to create visually appealing images, the 1-D animation is used to study the basic designs. 3-D Animation is basically used to study the image in the 3-dimensional space. Here, we will discuss the basic difference between the 2-D and 3-D Animation

In the case of 2-D Animation, the movement of an object is studied in perspective of two coordinates i.e. within an applicable plane, however, in the case of 3-D, the third coordinate comes into the picture.

In the case of 2-D Animation, the images are captured at a specific time, arranged in an adequate sequence and a complete animation is brought into play. While in the case of 3-D Animation, everything is done by the use of computer software, starting from the generation of the image to the animation part.

In regards to the techniques used, in the case of 2-D Animation we use onion skimming, morphing, Rotoscopy, twining, and Anime. While in the case of 3-D Animation, we take the use of appearance modeling, alteration, rendering, abating, arena building, texturing, appearance sketching and camera setup.

Further, in order to create 2-D Animation, less time is required, however, in the case of 3-D Animation, a lot of time is consumed to bring 3-D Animation into play, the reason being that we are required to set-up better coordination between the Animator and the Viewer.

Career progression in 3D animation

Looking over the versatility of the 3D animation in global space, numerous institutions are offering degree programs in 3D animation

Entry level program in 3D animation

In order to understand the working behind the 3D animation, we are required to study certain aspects that are as discussed below:-

  • Digital imaging
  • Character building
  • Scripting of the animation
  • History of 3D animation
  • Usage of 3D software

Master degree program in 3D animation

This program is meant for those students who are further interested in exploring the 3D animation sector. At the master’s level, students explore the algorithm behind the developing of animated characters and models.

What people are saying over the field of 3-D Animation?

“Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn.” — Norman McLaren

“What I love most about animation is, it’s a team sport, and everything we do is about pure imagination.” Jeffrey Katzenberg

“I am an animator. I feel like I’m the manager of an animation cinema factory. I am not an executive. I’m rather like a foreman, like the boss of a team of craftsmen. That is the spirit of how I work.” — Hayao Miyazaki


Therefore, a degree program in 3D animation can enhance your knowledge in the field of animated character developing, its coordination with the scene and thereby develop visually appealing games, animated movies, animated advertisements, etc.

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