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2D vs. 3D: Contrasting Art Styles

Posted by Smith Micro Blogger on Sep 21, 2012 6:33:18 AM

If you are newer to the digital art space you might be wondering, how does 2D animation differ from 3D animation? Well, wonder no more, here are some key differences between the two.

Art allows us to express our creativity with no limits. Throughout time, art has evolved from caveman wall paintings to where we are now- digital art. Now there are various different mediums used to produce different styles of art. The beauty of self expression through art is that it doesn't matter what style of art you create, what matters is the message you send through your art. Even within the realm of digital art there are various different styles and mediums to work with, such as 2D and 3D art.

Examples of 2D styles of illustration are anime, manga, and cartoons. The process of creating 2D art is simple, just grab a writing utensil and start
drawing on a canvas. You can use a pencil and paper, or even chalk on a sidewalk.

Creating 3D art is a bit more tricky. You can always create 3D art with 2D art tools, like drawing a house on a piece of paper. One of the most accessible ways to create 3D art is by 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.

Comic art is a very popular form of 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 CLIP STUDIO PAINT artist and Official Influencer, "just look at the number of movies, tv shows, games and ancillary products that come from comics." 

For more information on our 2D and 3D products, please visit our website.

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Topics: Poser, CLIP STUDIO PAINT (Manga Studio)

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