We are sure you know about Buzz Lightyear from toy story or the famous green character called Shrek, so what are they? Think! Yes, they are characters but…… there’s an odd number before that makes them unique. Well, you must have guessed it by now but if you haven’t then that they were 3D Characters and we do 3D character animation.
3D character animation is simply a subset of 3D animation. There are some specialized tools to aid in character animation to capture motion or make the movement more natural looking, but in the end, the animator is using those tools to push mesh surfaces around. There are a great number of tools for animating specific kinds of objects. Motion can be keyframed, or it can be driven by mathematics. It can even simulate physical dynamics. It’s often that an animator has to use a lot of these techniques in concert to get the specific motion that looks right. Character animators have probably the hardest task because there is such a narrow range of movement that looks right.
For example, trying to have a character walk is extremely hard to do without the right tools. As a character walks, it shifts its weight back and forth repeatedly, its pelvis twists, its arms used to counterbalance shifting the center of gravity, meanwhile its head is somewhat stabilized by a complex combination of movement in the neck and shoulders. Each part must accelerate and decelerate precisely or it looks completely fake. And the same is true with almost any tasks humans do and take for granted.
3D animation can include bringing life to non-character things like cars, bikes, props, toys etc while character animation falls under it, but deals specifically about characters- the way they move, interact, emote, react etc.3D Character animation is usually more challenging because the animation rig controls or character rigging step have to be able to give you much more control and flexibility to bring the character as close as possible to life. 3D character animation involves:
3-D modeling is the use of software to create a virtual three-dimensional model of some physical object.
Is a two-dimensional image file that can be applied to the surface of a 3D model to add color, texture, or other surface detail like glossiness, reflectivity, or transparency.
Before a computer can take an artist’s rendering of a character and bring it to life with motion, it has to go through an important phase: 3D rigging.
Lighting is the effects in the background & also the shading of the 3D characters.
3D Rendering refers to adapting the likeness of an object in the form of an image. 3D rendering—both technical and artistic employs the use of 3D software to help create images to help better explain or market concepts.
Compositing is the combining of visual elements from separate sources into single images, often to create the illusion that all those elements are parts of the same scene.