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Skills for a Career in 3D Animation by Chuck R Stewart

The 3D animation is the present day cutting edge graphical presentation that is accomplished through computer software and digital generators. This modern day graphical tool is now the norm in motion pictures, video presentation formats, animated films, commercial advertisements, virtual walk through and web presentations and stuffs. We are now witnessing 3D graphic animation in various forms which include 3D presentations, audio visual illustrations, 3D scientific and medical graphics and a lot of other day-to-day applications.

In order to understand the underlying principle behind 3D graphics and animation, it is important that we clearly know its basic distinction from the traditional 2D animation. The 3D graphic application has the representation of geometric variables which are contained in the computer in performing the calculations that will render the 2D generated graphics.

The rendered graphics in 2D format are used for the virtual and real time illustrations in 3D graphic illustrations. The 3D graphic illustrations show images at various angles including an aerial shoot to create a near perfect illustration that is almost real in every aspect. This feature is referred to as motion tracking, which provides the virtual representation of the actual camera motion tracking representing the actual camera motion shoot.

The 3D graphics comes from a basic idea or concept. The concept then evolves with the required details and elements of a design and flow of the graphics in the form of storyboards. The theme and character development comprise the preliminary work done by animators based on an established design and plan. The preparation of the storyboard allows for the generation of key frames to complete the flow of motion as shown in the storyboard.

The elements or characters in 3D graphic are referred to as 3D models. These are basically data files that carry the data that are needed to render 3D images. On the other, the process of key-framing in 3D graphics involves the assigning of appropriate values to the variables at the exact points in the motion flow of graphics in a series of frames to create the desired animated sequence.

You will require a texture map in order to manipulate the pattern or structure of the 3D models. This is the application that allows the graphic designer to control and alter the diffuse surface color at the most basic pixel level. This is achieved in texture mapping by generating bitmap images of 3D models within an existing 3D scene.


Blender is a 3D animation application released as free software under the GNU General Public License. Blender has a powerful feature set similar to other high-end 3D animation applications such as Lightwave 3D.

What are the basic skills required in 3D graphics and animation work? If you are involved in a 3D graphics and animation project, it is essential that you have the ability to focus on details and have the creativity in generating design schemes and characters.

A career in 3D graphics and animation is both exciting and challenging. It offers a lot of career opportunities and your advancement in this field is based on how you perform as a member of a bigger team. With its broad application for a wide range of concerns and interest, 3D graphics and animation is expected to be one of the most demanding and fulfilling jobs for a broad range of individuals and professionals.


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