Translating Characters From 2D to 3D and Vice Versa

Linda Vuorenvirta, Illustrator, Animator, Designer

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5 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. The Basics

    • 3. 2D to 3D

    • 4. 3D to 2D

    • 5. Examples


About This Class

2D and 3D styles are equally popular in animation, illustration, and other visual media today. Independent creators and big-name studios deal in both, and sometimes even rework old characters in a new style (Disney's done this a lot recently, as I'll talk about in the examples video!) How can this be done successfully, without compromising the integrity of the characters? They should be immediately recognisable as themselves regardless of what style and media are utilised. In this class, I'll try to pass on what knowledge I have of bringing 2D characters into 3 dimensions, or indeed the other way around.



TV shows and characters property of Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, and applicable creators

2D to 3D

Harry Clarke, from Faust (by Goethe), 1925

Chas Robinson, from Lilliput Lyrics, 1899

3D to 2D


TV shows, films, and characters property of Disney and applicable creators