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3D Animators are critical to the storytelling process. They are the ones in charge of taking
inanimate 3D images and bringing them to life for their audience. They do this by utilizing
computer programs such as Maya or Cinema 4D. Using these programs, the 3D Animators create
textures, modeling, and lighting to give the appearance of movement. They may spend time
researching projects and working collaboratively with other artists. 3D Animators can find roles in
several industries including (but not limited to) video games, movies, television, and commercials.
So what are some key characteristics of a dynamic 3D Animator?
- Natural creativity and imagination.
- A passion for drawing, sketching, etc.
- Patience and a fine eye for detail.
- Computer literacy and familiarity with graphics software.
- Strong communication and presentation skills.
- Ability to work efficiently in order to meet deadlines and work as part of a team.
The need for 3D Animators is in high demand as movies, TV shows and video games continue to
reign supreme for the average person’s choice of escapism. To keep relevant and not get lost in
the sea of artists, 3D animators expand their additional skills to stand out in a competitive field.
Here are some additional skills that can set an extraordinary 3D Animator apart from an ordinary
Software Proficiency in programs such as Adobe Creative Suite, Blender, Cinema 4D, FBX,
FlipBook, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Solidtek Acedad, 3dsMax, and Wacom Bamboo.
The ability to stay up to date with the current industry trends: it is the key to success in the 3D
A 3D Renderer is responsible for taking sketches, blueprints, or wireframes of 3D images and
turning them into 2D models on software such as V-Ray or Autodesk. 3D rendering is a complex
part of production where the artist will manipulate the image to give a three-dimensional
appearance. In the stages of creating the actual 2D image or animation, 3D renderings are the
final step. Much like 3D Animators, 3D Renderers are highly sought for in the entertainment
industry as well as gaming.
The skillset for 3D Renderers mirrors those of 3D Animators. An additional skill is having a solid
sense of spatial awareness. When translating 3D images into a 2D format, it is key to have the
ability to avoid negative space. While it may seem minor, it will make a world a difference for the
audience’s experience with the final product.
As with the skillset, the software for 3D Rendering is almost identical to that of 3D Animators.
Some others to consider obtaining proficiency in would be Keyshot and Modo.
Technology is ever-changing. Be ready to change with it.