2D vs. 3D: Contrasting the Art Styles

 

Art allows us to express our creativity with no limits. Throughout the years, various styles of art have evolved and now even different mediums are used to produce them. For example, back in the day of the cave men, they could just slap some paint up on a wall and call it a masterpiece.

 But that’s the beauty of self expression through art. It doesn’t matter what style you have, it matters about the message you’re trying to express. We’ve evolved quite a bit from the cave man days; now we have 2D and 3D art. And even within those disciplines, we have even more categories, so it all ties back to the theme of infinity.

Different styles of two-dimensional illustration art exist, such as anime, manga, and cartoons. The process of creating 2D art is simple: grab a writing utensil, and start drawing on a canvas. You can use a pencil and paper, or you can even use chalk on a street.

Three-dimensional art is a bit more tricky. You could always create the illusion of 3D art with two-dimensional art tools, like drawing a house on a piece of paper. One of my favorite accessible examples of 3D art is using clay to create models. Whether you’re building from the ground up using putty or painting in your favorite Warhammer 40k figurine, 3D art allows you to see every angle.

We’re lucky to live in an age where we have access to digital art programs. Teyon Alexander, a Contest Artist here at Smith Micro Software, has experience creating both 2D and 3D art. For two-dimensional pieces, he uses Manga Studio, “you have to love it for inking; nothing else beats it outside of paper and ink.”

Comic art is a trendsetter when it comes to illustration art. “The artform of comics has influenced more of our popular culture and media than any other form of visual art,” says Les Garner, a Facebook user from our Manga Studio page, “just look at the number of movies, tv shows, games and ancillary products that come from comics.”

But maybe you’re not a comic person. Do you have preferred type of 2D art (ex: cartoons) and 3D art (ex: sculptures) by chance? What’s your favorite style of art?

Leave a comment below and tell us!

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