Animación 2D / 3DAnimation

The specialisations of the animation world: 3D Animation

By 10 June 2021June 15th, 2021No Comments

To create an effect of movement through the sequence of still images in which there may be real objects, models or puppets.  This is how we would define Animation. The techniques to generate this effect of movement have evolved over the last decades. The first cartoons used the traditional animation technique, which consisted of drawing the images on transparent celluloid sheets to be photographed. Today, most animated films are made with computer-generated imagery (CGI).

In this post we will focus on one of the specialities in the field of Animation: 3D Animation.

3D Animation

In this speciality, animators use movement to bring characters, vehicles, props and other elements to life in a three-dimensional space. That is to say, in a plane with volume and depth.

The work of a 3D animator

The 3D animator is first and foremost an interpreter who acts through characters that he/she must also draw. For this reason, he or she must have a very good knowledge of drawing, movement and, above all, acting. Unlike an actress or actor in real life, who uses his or her own body as the basis for the interpretation, the 3D animator must also get into the skin of a cat, a sponge, a spring onion, a flame of fire, etc.

We could say that 3D Animation demands two indispensable requirements for the animators:

  • That, on the one hand, they draw 24 frames per second.
  • On the other hand, they must have a deep knowledge of the principles of animation. That is to say, the anatomy, themovements and the physics behind those movements.

What are the phases of 3D Animation?

This speciality has 4 main phases:

  • Layouts: this is the design of the scene. Phase in which the positioning of objects and characters is decided.
  • Blocking: simple animation consisting of marking the key frames and general poses in each animated frame.
  • Spline: phase in which the speed of the animation is worked on (accelerations, braking, etc.).
  • Refine: final revision of the animation in which the result of the process is polished.


“Rompesuelos”, 3D short film
4th year Animation students (2017-2018)

Pere Migó’s project
3rd year Animation 2D/3D student

Estela Capallera’s project
3rd year Animation 2D/3D student

“Al-One”, 3D short film
4th year student, L’Idem France

Oriol Cabús’s project
3rd year Animation 2D/3D student

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