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What software would you recommend for making 3D cartoon characters to later render in 2D?

Asked by poisonedantidote (21638points) April 1st, 2010

i have created a cartoon character that i will be using as an illustration in a kids book im making, and was wondering what software there is that i could use to make him in 3D and render to 2D.

basically im just messing around with the idea of 3D to see if i can save my self some time.

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DarkScribe's avatar

Would you like to re-phrase that?

poisonedantidote's avatar

im looking for 3D software i can make cartoon people in.

DarkScribe's avatar

Are you saying that you want to draw a character in two dimensions and then use software to render to 3D?

poisonedantidote's avatar

the other way round, i would like to draw my character in 3D and then render it to 2D so that i dont need to keep drawing it manually from different perspectives or making loads of sprites.

ill come back edit in a minute with an example…

earthduzt's avatar

Autodesk is really good, kind of pricey but very good 3D rendering software

DarkScribe's avatar

Autodesk requires the image to be developed geometrically, not free-hand. That is what I was thinking, but to convert (not render) from a 3D drawing to a 2d image is a new one for me.

anartist's avatar

Don’t you just love the April Fool’s messed IDs?

poisonedantidote's avatar

something i can create a 3D version of this guy with, that i model in 3D and render to 2D.

DarkScribe's avatar

They could have interspersed some cute and sexy girls. Even – as we are talking cartoons – things like Jessica Rabbit.

DarkScribe's avatar

Have you looked at this site? http://cartooncreation.com/

poisonedantidote's avatar

@darkscribe i had not seen that one, ill check it out thx.

DarkScribe's avatar

Adobe CS4 Suite has 3D rendering capability, but 2D to 3D not the other way around.

anartist's avatar

http://freeartsoftware.com/
Bryce is listed and was often bundled with PhotoShop. Seems to be part of DAZ which is freeware/open source I think. check link
http://freeartsoftware.com/

markyy's avatar

I don’t really have any expertise on this area, but I do happen to know the South Park studios use Maya for the exact same reasons as you describe (alas, how I do not know if it requires any special plugins).

ragingloli's avatar

Cinema 4d. Powerful and easy to use.

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